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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Reiss’s Pieces

Can you believe that it is almost the year 2015? For some of you it is probably just the next year on the calendar, but for some of us it is amazing! For those of us who have a few years on the rest of us, this year seems like the future, forever. Remember that I was born in 1939, which means I lived through World War II, the Korean War and of cour...

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Max’s View

The Missing Picture *** There were some horrible murderous regimes in the world during the 20th Century. The most perversely horrible of them all is not the one you’re thinking of, though. It was the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge only ruled Cambodia for four years. But the suffering and destruction it caused was incomprehensible. Plenty of oth...

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More Than Just Another New Year

by G. E. Shuman So, Christmas is over, the relatives have gone home, the wrinkled wrap and battered bows are in the trash, and there is nothing left of the leftovers, hopefully. Thursday is New Years Day, and Wednesday night is the traditional time for making resolutions, watching a big shiny ball drop, and, for some, partying to the point of getti...

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Lieutenant Governor Silas Jenison and Acting Governor

From the 1830’s until the Civil War, there was a high degree of political instability. There were many cases during this period when no candidate for Governor was able to gain a statewide majority. The ultimate of political instability was reached in 1835 when no candidate for governor was able to gain a majority. The unicameral legislature was inc...

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Former VY Union President/Business Manager Agrees With, Explains “you done good” Comment by Gov. Salmon

Editor, Thank you for publishing former Gov. Thomas Salmon’s accurate assessment of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, specifically that during 42 years of operation it has been “environmentally benign” and “never hurt a soul.” I worked with the employees at Vermont Yankee for many years and I would like to comment on why it was such a safe workpl...

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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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Emma Willard: Pioneer for Higher Education of Women

by Senator Bill Doyle Emma Willard was an early pioneer for the higher education of women. Her plan gained the approval of several presidents of the United States, including John Adams, James Monroe, and Thomas Jefferson. In a letter written to Willard in 1819, John Adams wrote, “The female moiety of mankind deserves as much honor, esteem, and resp...

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Reiss’s Pieces

If you sit very still, you can probably hear the sound of reindeer bells and maybe, just maybe, the sound of their hooves on the roof. And Santa Claus? Well he is hard at his task of going to visit children all around the world! If you think about it, he has the hardest job imaginable. Fortunately, since the world is round, he is able to take, oh p...

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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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Max’s View

Foxcatcher ** One of the greatest accomplishments of the Revolutionary War is that it gave the founding fathers the opportunity to abolish titles of nobility. Through the very warfare that freed it, however, America put itself under the thumb of a new nobility. Not long after independence, an industrious French immigrant named Eleuthere Irenee du P...

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