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December 7th, 2016

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Guest Opinion: The Culture of Trump Comes to Vermont

By Carl Etnier I’ve been talking with quite a few voters recently, and a number of people have raised questions about a recent decision by the Public Service Board (PSB) to exclude the public from an Aug. 4 hearing about the Vermont Gas pipeline. These voters are right to be concerned. The pipeline is a $166 million step in the wrong direction. It...

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Financial Security for our Senior Citizens

Editor, If I am a Vermont senior living on an insufficient, fixed income, I deal with difficult daily realities: Choosing between food or medication or between feeding myself or my pet; not going out because I can’t afford a vehicle and public transportation is unavailable; or, weighing carefully every purchase I make. My only human contact may be...

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The New Lynchings

Editor, We’re all pretty aware – or should be – of the spate of brutal killings of black people by white men sworn to enforce the law. It’s reminiscent of the lynchings of yesteryear that were out carried with impunity, primarily in the south. The current murders, however, are nationwide and can’t be attributed to crazy southern white Ku Kluxers. S...

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An Open Letter to White Vermonters

Editor, Recently I saw a photo on Facebook of a young black man wearing a t-shirt that said, “Dear Police: I am a White Woman.” It was funny, since he was so obviously not a white woman, and then not so funny when I thought of what would prompt him to wear that t-shirt. I am a white woman, and while my heart pounds if a police officer pulls me over...

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Vote for Liberty Union Party on Aug. 9

Editor, The 2016 gubernatorial candidacy of Bill Lee marks the resurgence of the Liberty Union Party as the main voice of progressive conscience and thought in state politics as the Vermont Progressive Party has lost that distinction due to recent bad campaign strategies and decisions in their attempts to collaborate with the establishment Vermont...

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Guest Opinion: By Shipping Groundwater, Vermont Yankee Takes the High Road

By Guy Page It rains in Vermont. It rains a lot. And rain contributes to groundwater. Everywhere else in Vermont, groundwater moves subsurface into a nearby rivers or lakes, usually with little or no treatment. But Vermont Yankee is not “everywhere else.” After examining groundwater that had intruded into the lower basements of the facility, Vermon...

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August Primary Election

Editor, Peter Galbraith will be a Vermont governor with clear and bold proposals for the common good. Galbraith also has the backbone to move these changes through a legislature unable to find a remedy to the gridlock and inertia that have prevented measurable progress. Galbraith has set out a series of economic justice ideas including a $15 hourly...

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Anti-American Hate Speech on Independence Day

Editor, A letter in WORLD’s Independence Day issue was a classic example of anti-American hate speech encased in a long parade of nonsense. Andrew Torre characterized U.S. patriotism as a “vacuous myth,” “an infantile love” and “the last refuge of a scoundrel” as he “searched” for the true meaning of the word, “patriotism.” He correctly began with...

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Don’t Like Ridiculous Ads

Editor, I am completely disgusted by Bruce Lisman’s ads making the ridiculous claim that Phil Scott and Peter Shumlin have somehow been partners for 16 years. For someone who says he is not the usual politician, Lisman sure acts like it — saying anything to try and tear down Phil Scott in a desperate attempt to win an election. Instead of an imagin...

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Successful Bottle Drive Benefits Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Riding and Driving Program

Editor, Many thanks from all the participants, volunteers and staff at Rhythm of the Rein to Randy and his great staff at the South Barre Maplewood’s Store for their support in our bottle drive launch to support our scholarship program. Phase One netted the program over $300 in total, and we will continue our drive throughout the rest of the year....

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