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August 20th, 2019

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Two Flawed Candidates

Editor, Clinton and Trump are flawed candidates running for President. Clinton has questionable scruples, and she has made significant mistakes. As Secretary of State, she set up an unsecured private server in her home for government email communications and sent and received secret and top secret information. She had ultimate responsibility for th...

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The U.S., Russia, and Trump

Editor, The official story has it that we don’t like Putin because he’s a “dictator.” Yet we’re great friends with ruthless authoritarians in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Arab Emirates, and other corners of the world. And we’ve sanctioned Russia for its “aggression” in annexing Crimea – although ethnic Russians comprise the majority there and it has be...

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Poetry Corner

Grace By Kimberly Madura Your words transferred grace back to me. Like the deepest blue waves gently wash over the shore. Healing the broken pieces of my soul. Cleansing the wounds. Restoring it to complete strength. To face the world again feeling fully, with undaunted courage, and fresh vulnerability. Your Relapse By Kimberly Madura During those...

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Bennington: A Key Battle in the Revolution and for Vermont

By Sen. Bill Doyle On August 16, Vermont will celebrate the Battle of Bennington. Edward Conant in his “History of Vermont” said the battle was “the first of a series that led to the surrender of Burgoyne’s army. It was the turning point of the Revolutionary War, as it led to the recognition of the independence of the United States by France and ot...

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Max’s View

Salam Neighbor *** A year ago, serious immigration reform wasn’t even a topic of conversation. Now, to the horror of the political establishment, it is a top issue for many voters. Both political parties are on the exact same side of the immigration debate. Democrats are in favor of unlimited immigration. And Republicans are in favor of unlimited i...

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Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss Have you ever taken the time to look at your toilet and thought about what a terrific piece of furniture it is? Probably not. But think about it. No longer do you or your loved ones have to fight the elements and trudge from your warm house to spend a little time cold and alone every time you need to do your business. Now you have the...

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Thank You from Friends of the Aldrich Library

Editor, I want to thank all the many people who helped make this year’s Friends of the Aldrich Library Book Sale a success. There were a lot of almost new books, fiction and non-fiction and many children’s books that were put into eager people’s hands. Also there were many non-fiction books that went off the tables: science, literature, philosophy,...

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Mirror Lake is Alarmingly Polluted

Editor, For many years, my husband and I have had the privilege of enjoying Mirror Lake, also known as #10 Pond, in Calais, to use our rowing shells and swim. We felt fortunate to have such a nice place nearby for these activities. However, when we were there recently and my shell gliding through the water, the pollution was alarmingly noticeable....

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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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