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May 29th, 2016

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Our Say on Solar in Vermont

Editor, July 28 I attended the first meeting of the state’s solar siting board, in Montpelier. Almost every member seemed convinced already that Vermont must build, build, build solar power plants. Only the “how” seemed open for discussion. And that’s the problem: Montpelier has already plugged its ears. Communities like my own can’t refuse to be u...

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Volunteers Needed at Vermont Veterans’ Home

Editor, We, at the Vermont Veterans’ Home, are seeking individuals interested in volunteering with weekly shopping trips (our transportation), bingo, off-campus events, weekly in-house calendar events and much more. Trained by our superb Activities Department, you would be considered as a “force multiplier”. We have opportunities for weekday volunt...

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Some People Rely on Social Security to Survive

Editor, I loved “Max’s Opinion piece” on Bernie Sanders in your August 5th issue, until I got to the second page and read the following: “To me, raising Social Security is like driving Uncle Sam’s car up the highest mountain in Greece and then cutting the breaks.” For many of us poor blokes who depend on Social Security for our very existence in th...

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Technology, Friend or Foe to Vermont’s Children and Families

Editor, I think most of us understand that technology devices and the Internet are here to stay. They are part of all of our lives whether in our doctor’s offices with online medical records or the many ways we use smart phones, laptops, work place computers, on-line games, directional tracking, news and weather updates and television or alternativ...

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Planned Parenthood’s Practice of Selling Aborted Babies is Disgusting

Editor, I was relieved to read in an opinion piece of another paper, one that has a history of being “pro-choice”, that “..the idea of harvesting and trafficking unborn baby parts makes us feel pretty squeamish about our defense and understanding.” However, there is something worse here than how the body parts of already dead babies are treated. Ev...

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What Woman Would You Like to See on the $10 Bill?

Editor, I don’t think any notable woman suggested would want to displace Alexander Hamilton to make room for her. Surely we are not so lacking in creativity that this is the only means available. Hamilton was one of the most brilliant of the founding fathers, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, abolitionist, advisor to George Washington, and the fi...

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Act 46 Breaks My Heart

Editor, I grew up in Cabot in the 1950’s/60’s. I came home in 1999. It was like stepping back in time 50 years, but not in a bad way. Since 1999, a dozen village houses vanished. In 2010, our village government, which worked since 1866, dissolved. Now the Vermont legislature threatens our beloved school. Legislators wrongly believe small is bad and...

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Montpelier Area Enhances Experience for Bicyclists

Editor, I’m writing to express my thanks for a variety of recent improvements that benefit bicyclists in and around Montpelier. Significant pavement patching has been done to Northfield Street to reduce the number of holes and large cracks that were dangerous for bicyclists. Similar pavement patches have been applied to Barre Street between Sabin’s...

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Public Libraries

Editor, One of the things that fascinates me in the USA is public libraries. Books have to me an irresistible power. Books are my faithful friends, always there, ready to help, giving themselves with no reserve, never asking for something in return. I was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1929. As I was growing up, all I could find to read were booklets of...

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Generous Gift Provides Horse Therapy for Veterans

Editor, Rhythm of the Rein would like to recognize a substantial donation of $5,000 made by Gladys Day Thompson in memory of her brother and her husband who both served in WWII. This fund will assure that no veteran ever seeking the growth and self restorative powers of working with horses will need to pay for attending. We are indebted to Mrs. Tho...

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