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January 24th, 2018

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Guest Opinion: Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care – greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes – also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services. While there is not a greater prevalence of mental illness among rural residents, a significant di...

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Guest Opinion: Don’t Gut Our Fair and Impartial Policing Policy!

This spring Vermont took an important step forward by passing the Racial Justice Reform bill, Act 54 (H.308) which establishes a panel to address systemic racial disparities within criminal and juvenile justice systems statewide. As a member of the central Vermont chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, which was part of the coalition pushing for...

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Guest Opinion:Government Has Obligation to Protect The People, Not Enable Their Death

On Tuesday, November 14, the Vermont Marijuana Commission met and the chair of the Highway Safety Subcommittee, Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas Anderson, and Dr. Mark Levine, chair of the Education and Prevention subcommittee, reported for their committees. Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, in comments during the meeting said: “I don...

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Danger to Our Power Grid

Dear Editor, We should all urge Congress and the President to harden our power grid against Electromagnetic Pulse attacks which might cripple our computers and other important electronic equipment. Such EMP-hardening may be the best, safest, and least provocative way to deal with such a danger. In addition, we should write to our friends and relati...

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Thank You CVMC for Being so Prompt and Responsive

To the Editor: Kudos to Central Vermont Medical Center for acting immediately on a suggestion that I submitted to the patient advocate office. Earlier this fall, I made two trips to CVMC for tests. On both occasions, I entered via the main door and searched in vain for a rack where I could lock my bicycle. Because the presence of a bicycle rack pro...

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Vermont’s Opiate Addiction Crisis

Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley, co-hosts of “Vote for Vermont”, were joined by Vermont’s Director of Drug Prevention Policy, Jolinda LaClair on a recent show. Jolinda, a 35-year public service career veteran, serving with Congressman Jeffords’ Office, as Director of USDA Rural Development, and as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. In his second executi...

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No Reason to Legalize

Dear Editors On Wednesday evening, Nov. 1, former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (2003-2011), was the keynote speaker at the annual Orange County GOP spaghetti dinner held in Randolph. During the Q/A session, I asked him about his position on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Vermont. Speaking without hesitation to his audience, G...

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New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans

AARP Vermont today announced that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities a...

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Happy Herb Brings Joy

Dear Editor: It all started when Homer was having his daily coffee at Maplewoods when Happy Herb and his wife, Tina, came in. They had not seen each other for many years, so they had lots to share. Happy Herb shared that at 60, his wife had bought him a guitar and lessons to play the guitar from Irene something, who is my niece and how it was chall...

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A LONG Way from 75%

Dear Editor: Let’s talk about the UVM’s Center for Rural Studies Poll that Protect Our Wildlife is claiming is “75% of Vermonters would like to see trapping banned.” The Poll had two questions that dealt with trapping. Approximately 2900 people were called to take part in the Poll, that is less than one half of one percent of Vermont’s current popu...

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