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April 2nd, 2015

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Support the proposed tax on sugary beverages

Editor, As a mother and a two-time cancer survivor, I would do anything to prevent my children, or anyone for that matter, from getting a cancer diagnosis. Along with avoiding tobacco and limiting sun exposure, there is another major factor that many Vermonters may not even know causes a number of cancers, and that is obesity. Did you know that 60%...

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Letter to the Editor: Rep. Morrissey Deserved Better

Editor, For Speaker Shap Smith to remove from the House Health Care Committee someone who was clearly asking the tough questions that were needed to protect Vermont voters comes as a slap in the face not only to 18-year veteran Republican Representative Mary Morrissey of Bennington, but also to all Vermonters. Gov. Shumlin came close to losing the...

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Vermont Workers Center Organizes Rally at Statehouse Thursday

Editor, Governor Shumlin has consistently dragged his feet on Healthcare. The media called his near defeat in November a referendum on his policies, particularly his signature policy universal healthcare. But the referendum was over his feet dragging. He has consistently failed to present financing or other details for the Universal healthcare syst...

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Former VY Union President/Business Manager Agrees With, Explains “you done good” Comment by Gov. Salmon

Editor, Thank you for publishing former Gov. Thomas Salmon’s accurate assessment of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, specifically that during 42 years of operation it has been “environmentally benign” and “never hurt a soul.” I worked with the employees at Vermont Yankee for many years and I would like to comment on why it was such a safe workpl...

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Hollowing Our Military

Editor, I have previously written about the disastrous impact of “sequestration” on our armed forces. Douglas Wissing delves into this topic in his article “RIF Tide” in the December 2014 issue of The American Legion Magazine, which I partially paraphrase in the next paragraph. After 9/11 we had 570,000 soldiers in the Army, and it may decrease to...

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Barre Kiwanis Thanks Barre Area Community

Editor, Once again, the Barre Area Community has come through to make our turkey drive a success. The Kiwanis Club of Barre and the Spaulding High School Key Club for the third year asked the community to help out with donations for their turkey drive. I would like to thank the members of the Barre Kiwanis Club, Guy Trag from Quality Market in Barr...

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Body Cameras Prevent Mistreatment

Editor, The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety viol...

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Film honors strength and heritage of Barre

Editor, Florentine filmmaker Giovanni Donfrancesco gave to the people of Barre and their descendants an incomparable masterpiece of human spirituality with his film “The Stone River.” The new film creates a document that immortalizes the profundity of sculptor Giuliano Cecchinelli’s soul. Shown to the community on November 24 at the Old Labor Hall...

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Reason #2 Why I am Against Marijuana Legalization

Editor, Vermont has the highest rates of marijuana use in the U.S., in all age groups. That goes along with some very disturbing statistics: In the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 16% of Vermont’s high school students reported having driven while under the influence of marijuana, while 22% reported riding with a driver who was under the influence....

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When Pigs Fly…Pardon Howdy!

Editor, Winston Churchill said, “Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.” Think about it…a pig unlocks his cage, flies out the back of a moving truck on the interstate, runs off into the woods where he successfully evades coyotes, werewolves (I mean humans), and braves the elements. After two l...

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