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May 26th, 2016

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Another Shumlin Blunder

Editor, Governor Shumlin says the next strategy in his War on Climate Change is to divest the state pension fund of all coal and Exxon stocks. He said at a press conference that with the maple sap running in January and not enough snow on the ski slopes, Vermont needs to do everything it can to lead the charge against global warming. Seriously? By...

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New VY Storage Pad Needed Until Feds Take Away Spent Fuel

Editor, This month the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) will consider the proposed second dry cask storage pad at Vermont Yankee. This concrete pad would support the remaining reinforced concrete and steel casks containing spent reactor fuel. Vermont Yankee plans to self-finance the $145 million project, and is willing to begin the fuel transfer...

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The Blessings of Liberty

Editor, A number of people have asked me what I am trying to convey when I write about the blessings of liberty and the tyranny of socialism. When I was a much younger man I witnessed the last stages of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Americans of my generation were immersed in the gut wrenching true stories of men, wom...

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Vietnam—Our War Of Shame

Editor, Since our elected U.S. Legislators, Congress and Senate do not seem to care about our Vietnam War Veterans who are sick from the herbicide Agent Orange Dioxin. I can say I am not proud of our government in the manner in which our veterans are treated. However we did our job and did not question our orders. We believed the Vietnam War was to...

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Educate Yourself Before Voting for a Candidate

Editor, The silly season for the mass media is supposed to be a short period of time, “usually late summer when the media focuses on trivial or frivolous matters for lack of major news stories.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary.) This presidential election cycle the silly season started early and has yet to subside. The mainstream media seems intent on...

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Come Out to Next Week’s Seed Swap

Editor, Are visions of crisp green lettuce, rainbow stripes of tomatoes, the perfect tender bean, and exotic picotee flowers dancing in your head? Before you place your seed orders, come to the Seed Swap at the Greensboro Free Library on February 2, 6:30 p.m. Feel free to bring seeds you have saved from your own garden, or extras that you have to s...

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In Response to Max’s Donald Trump Opinion

Editor, It’s unfortunate that Max the movie critic is infuriated that anyone would feel that Donald Trump has disqualified himself from the Presidency by calling for a “temporary” ban on all Muslims from entering the U.S. In an otherwise thoughtful and well-reasoned opinion piece, Max seems to think that xenophobia and racism are okay because they...

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Zap the Gap

Editor, I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality after school and summer learning programs for their children. Learning is something that does not start and stop at the ringing of the school bell. By allowing children to participate in activities outside of school hours and over the summer, they will continue to de...

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Guest Opinion: Vermont Should Divest from Coal and ExxonMobil Stocks

By Gov. Peter Shumlin On Christmas Day, I burned brush on my farm in Putney – in a t-shirt. My experience was not unlike that of many Vermonters as we all lived through Vermont’s most tropical Christmas in memory, capping off the world’s warmest year on record. Climate change is here, and it is affecting the Vermont that we love, from our ski areas...

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Invitation for Public Forum

Editor, I am writing as a member of the Act 46 Study Committee to invite you to the public forum on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Spaulding High School. The Act 46 Study Committee has been meeting for the last few months to discuss and study the consolidation of the governance of the Barre City school district, Barre Town school district a...

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