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May 5th, 2015

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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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Caregivers – Our Silent Army

Editor, Every day, a remarkable group of Vermonters performs a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends, so they can remain in their homes. They are on duty 24/7, and often cannot take a break. Yet they wouldn’t have it any other way. These caregivers are truly unsung heroes. To honor fami...

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Which Side Are You On?

Editor, As a young Vermonter who grew up in the Green Mountain State, I have long been proud of the ways in which our state has led the way on so many issues of human rights and dignity. As the 2015 legislative sessions comes ever nearer, it’s critical we move forward on our path toward Green Mountain Care that is about all care and all people, and...

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Girls on the Run Celebrates 15 Years

Editor, Girls on the Run Vermont is now in its 15th year of helping girls reach their limitless potential through an innovative program that fosters self-esteem, confidence and fitness. We are deeply thankful for the overwhelming community support we have received throughout the years. Applications for new program locations are now being accepted,...

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The I’s and P’s of Fire Safety

Editor, Do you think you have the right smoke alarms in your house? There are two very different types of alarms. You need both to be safer. One is “ionization” and the other is “photoelectric”. Those words don’t mean much to most people, but they make the difference in waking up to a smoky hallway in time to get out or dying in your sleep. Take th...

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