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Gospel Finds Its Place in Central Vermont with Montpelier Community Gospel Choir

By Katie Moritz John Harrison, the Artistic Director of the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir (MCGC) believes that “gospel music is a national treasure. It is America’s choral music. It brings a message of love and joy triumphant, born out of the unspeakable hardship and abomination of slavery and its progeny of injustice.” Harrison continues, “We...

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In Praise of the Lowly Crock-Pot

By G. E. Shuman I know what you’re likely thinking; what kind of a crackpot would write a newspaper column about a crock-pot? Truthfully, I guess I don’t have an answer to that question, and, since this isn’t a recipe page or something from a cooking channel, the crack about being a crackpot is probably fitting. In any case, this column is dedicate...

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Talk about Reefer Madness!

To the Editor, The Vermont House right now is considering S216, which would – incredibly – allow medical marijuana to be prescribed as “treatment” for any medical condition. Is marijuana the new Wonder Drug now? Sufferers of this condition hallucinate to the point that they believe this psychosis-inducing drug is of benefit for every kn...

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Now on Netflix: Take Your Pills: *1/2

At the turn of the 20th Century, people had a way of staying up when they were tired, focusing on tedious tasks, saying no to food they didn’t need, and feeling up when they were down. It was an all-natural health elixir: cocaine. Cocaine worked as advertised. But it had the troubling side effect of extreme addictiveness. For some, cocaine turns yo...

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Green Up in Barre

Dear Editor, Green Up Day is quickly approaching! This spring, Green Up Day is Saturday, May 5th, and continues for the week after. Last year was very successful, and this year we would love to have even more participation. If you are interested in making Barre beautiful for spring, contact John Lewis (jlewishs@u61.net, (802) 476-4811 ext. 2221) at...

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Sharing Your Care: The Role of Caregiving

By Barbara Clark Some people are thrust into a caregiving role suddenly after a loved one’s illness or accident. More often though, becoming a caregiver is a gradual process; in either situation you will have a lot of questions: How can I be a caregiver; I know nothing about it? I live in another state, how can I be a caregiver for my parents? When...

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Come Together: Beatles Tribute Band Toasts to the Tunes While Raising Awareness

By Katie Moritz The Sell family, or what Wendy Sell describes as “the Triangle,” sit together in their living room of their Barre home. A fire keeps the room warm, and what appears to be a Beatles concert plays on a large TV in the background. John and Wendy Sell are excited to share their story, and their son, Christian, who sits facing the TV, sm...

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Guest Opinion: Fifteen Dollar Law is Bad Policy

By Scott Milne As law, it will be detrimental to workers and society. Henry Ford, speaking of the automobile, mass production, and all that was changing because of his life and work, allegedly quipped, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”. The “fight for fifteen”—a precursor to Vermont’s fifteen dollar-law—po...

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Max’s Views: Chappaquiddick: ****

I am sick and tired of political scandals. In my ideal world, people would only read about scandals in National Enquirer. Scandals wouldn’t be seen on the news. They wouldn’t be viewed as news at all; they would be guilty pleasure bathroom reading material. In our world, scandals aren’t just on the news – they are the news. If you turn on CNN, ther...

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VOTE FOR VERMONT: What’s New in Transportation

Pat Brennan has been Chair of the House Transportation Committee for nine years. There are many bills that impact Transportation being considered in the Legislature this year. Ben Kinsley and Pat McDonald, Co-hosts of Vote for Vermont questions the Chair about them. Because of a spike in unbelted deaths in past years, the Chair and others changed t...

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