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September 3rd, 2015

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Middle East Equilibrium

Editor, Due to indecision by the Obama White House to support moderate Sunni rebels in Syria, Islamic terrorists in Syria (ISIS) were able to reposition forces and attack the Iraqi Army, which folded and abandoned its U.S. equipment, including many Humvees and 155mm guns. The Iraqi government requested air strikes against ISIS, but President Obama...

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It’s Tick Time!

Editor, We are welcoming this warm weather and so are the ticks! Time to tuck your pants in your socks or wear rubber boots when you are raking, gardening, and walking out in fields and woods. Wear long sleeves with tight cuffs, too, if you are working with your hands. Tie up long hair and bathe after your exposure to wash off loose ticks and find...

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New Book Sullies Orville Gibson’s Name

Editor, After reading Stephen Martin’s literary effort, Orville’s Revenge, I feel compelled to reply as I am one of the few remaining relatives who was actually around at the time. Having grown up in an era where speaking out was undignified, I still now find these words difficult to express. For the record, I am sick and tired of hearing my Uncle...

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The National Debt

Editor, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” These beautiful words penned 239 years ago by Thomas Jefferson continue to illuminate the promise that is the United States of Amer...

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In Praise of Francis Brooks

Editor, The Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance would like to express its heartfelt appreciation and praise for Francis Brooks, former Sergeant-at-Arms of the Vermont Statehouse. The Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance (VYDA) is an all-volunteer, citizen organization. We opposed the building of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, dilige...

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Vermonters for Sustainable Population Wants to Know How You Feel About Population Growth

Editor, In just the last sixty years, the U.S. population has doubled in size adding more than 150 million people and now has a population of about 320 million. Vermont has seen slower growth than the nation as a whole, but even in the rather rural Washington County the population has grown during that period from 43,000 to approximately 60,000 or...

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Montpelier Senior Activity Center Thanks Voters

Editor, Thank you to voters in the towns of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Moretown (new!), and Worcester for your support at Town Meeting. In the new fiscal year, seniors (age 50+) from these supporting towns will enjoy lower membership dues than non-supporting towns as well as advance registration privileges for our several dozen qua...

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Food Industries Playing April Fools’ Day Jokes On Consumers

Editor, With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “Free-range chickens,” and “Humane slaughter.” All lies. Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. Like the hundreds of millions o...

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Bunnies as Easter Gifts

Editor, In the weeks following Easter, after all the eggs have been collected, Easter baskets have been emptied, and chocolate rabbits have long since been eaten, thousands of real live bunnies flood into animal shelters across the country. What gives? Amidst all the springtime advertising linking Easter with adorable and cuddly baby bunnies and ch...

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Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Must Not Remain on Budgetary Chopping Block

Editor, There is no doubt that the legislature has a challenging job ahead of it to balance a budget that has a $110 M shortfall. Reviewing the list of potential cuts which is available on the Joint Fiscal website is distressing to say the least. I have posted on Facebook my concern about two of those recommendations. One is the impact to economic...

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