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April 21st, 2018

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Legalizing Marijuana Could Lead to More Traffic Accidents

Editor, There has been a lot of coverage in the news lately about the possible legalization of Marijuana here in Vermont. I ask that before we jump on this bandwagon, we analyze the facts from both sides and look at the negative effect it can have on businesses located here in Vermont. First, we must keep in mind that the possession of Marijuana is...

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Help Our Students Reach Higher

By Rebecca Holcombe and Scott Giles Fifty years ago, on November 8, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act of 1965 into law. This historic act marked our first commitment to universal access to higher education, and represented one of the great achievements of the Civil Rights movement. Reflecting on the momentous occasion, Presid...

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Gala, and Crafting, and Tools, Oh My: The Onion River Exchange is on Fire

Editor, Exchanging time instead of money to many is a new idea. Actually, in 1980, Edgar Cahn created Time Banking as a medium of exchange to encourage and reward the work needed to build strong, resilient communities. You mean I can exchange stacking wood for two hours with any other member in the time bank to receive anything from a massage to bo...

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The Vermont Constitution

Editor, The legislators and senators in the Vermont assembly take the following oath of affirmation and allegiance upon being sworn into office. It reads like this. “You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will be true and faithful to the State of Vermont and that you will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or thing injurious to the Constit...

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Guest Commentary: Building a Moral Economy

By Rev. Debbie Ingram Vermont Interfaith Action’s Executive Director For centuries, people of faith, through their churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, have provided charitable assistance to the poor. All faith traditions agree that it is a central value to care for the poor among us, and most of us do it more out of a sense of the joy of gi...

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A Night on the Town

Editor, You can feel it: the days are getting shorter, the cold weather is creeping in. The ambitions of after work bike rides and Saturday hikes are giving way to the desire to stay closer to home and indoors. The change in the seasons can mean an early retreat into hibernation, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Now is the time to be planning a...

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Please Consider Making a Donation to GMUW

Editor, It is my pleasure to be asked by Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) to serve as Campaign Chair for the coming year. We hope generous Vermonters and businesses, with people in Vermont, will work together with the United Way to get to our goal of $550,000. This money will be used to promote programs for the people of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, O...

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Individuals Have a Role to Play in the Delivery of Better, More Efficient Health Care

By David M. Coddaire, M.D. President of the Vermont Medical Society The topic of health care reform has been prominent in the Vermont news in recent years. The Vermont Medical Society, which is comprised of about 1,200 of the state’s medical doctors, has been working actively to make our health care system work better, more efficiently and at lower...

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Key Club Fundraiser

Editor, I am a sophomore at Spaulding High School and the Secretary of Spaulding’s Key Club. What is the Key Club you ask, well we are a student lead, community service based organization that creates fundraisers in order to raise money for our not only our community but for other worthy causes worldwide. In the past, we have raised money for Alzhe...

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Local Program Continues its Work to Address Adult Literacy Needs

Editor, September reminds us that it’s “Back to School” for the children in our local communities. At the same time, this is a good time to review a few facts about adult literacy and be reminded about where adults can go to meet their own education goals and improve their skills. For 50 years, Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) has prov...

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