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Now Playing in Burlington: The Death of Stalin: ****

Max’s Views Now Playing in Burlington- The Death of Stalin: **** Most everyone knows that the Soviet Union was a nightmarish place to live. I’m not sure people know exactly why, though. I don’t have enough room here to list all the atrocities, but the forced collectivization of agriculture was one of the worst. In 1929, the Soviet Politburo announc...

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Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future

Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future By Scudder Parker Education of our young people is one of the most important obligations of our democracy. And a funding system that enables school district voters throughout the state to make thoughtful budget decisions is key to fulfilling that obligation in Vermont. After the Vermont Supreme Court’s Brigham...

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Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns

Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns Dear Editor, Advocates of unrestricted gun laws repeat the mantra, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” And if we were to truly outlaw guns, they might have a point. But there is nothing in the recently passed Vermont gun safety law that outlaws or even contemplates outlawing guns. The NRA repeats a s...

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Thank You!

Thank You! Dear Editor, The Fresh Air Fund looks forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week every year. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our inspiring volunteers, hosts and supporters in Central Vermont. Their dedication to our Fresh Air children truly embodies the spirit of National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15th to A...

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The Green Mountains Are Alive with Spaulding’s “Sound of Music”

By Katie Moritz With her face almost glowing from the stage lighting, Director Alison Rose watches the Spaulding High School students rehearse scenes from their spring performance of “The Sound of Music” with cheerful yet focused attention. As the lights go out, two nuns appear on stage with arms full of props. “Not yet nuns! Girls’ have their ball...

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Anything but Temptation

Anything but Temptation By G. E. Shuman I spend many weekday evenings with my wonderful 19-month-old granddaughter. We have a great time together and, as the father of five and grandfather of twelve, I can tell you that THIS child is able to test the abilities of a tired adult, and the ability of a house to remain on its foundation, like none other...

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Max’s Views:The Black Death and the 1%

Max’s Views:The Black Death and the 1% 1351 England was a great place to be. Sure, it was a bummer that nearly 50% of the English had recently died from bubonic plague. But for the half that survived, life was about to get a lot better. The Black Death put a swift end to Feudalism. For centuries, English peasants had toiled in virtual slavery on sm...

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Guest Opinion: Settlement Builds Foundation for Hope at Vermont Yankee

Guest Opinion: Settlement Builds Foundation for Hope at Vermont Yankee By Guy Page On March 2, nine diverse organizations reached a settlement agreement to support NorthStar’s plan to decommission Vermont Yankee and restore the Vernon site for potential redevelopment within a decade. The settlement comes just a few weeks before hearings are schedul...

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Sugary Beverages

Sugary Beverages Dear Editor, Sugary drinks are stacking the deck against children and the price our kids are paying is obesity. Nearly a third of our children are overweight or obese. An alarming 14% of low income Vermont toddlers are obese and a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine predicts that the majority of 2-year-olds today will...

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Guest Opinion:Local Control Is Key to Public Education Success

Guest Opinion: Local Control Is Key to Public Education Success By Martha Heath Twenty years ago Vermont made a firm commitment to retain local control of decisions about school spending. This carefully considered choice came in the wake of the Brigham decision in 1997, when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled the state’s education funding system was u...

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