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August 17th, 2018

Monthly Archives: August 2018

Build-A-Bike Builds More Than a Bike

By Katie Moritz “I’ve spent so much time on it,” Tracy DeLillo says as he looks over the 1981 Harley-Davidson Super Glide that he and Facilities Manager, Phil Rowell, are rebuilding at the Veteran’s Place in Northfield. “Hundreds of hours sitting out here, putting things back, lining things up.” Both Tracy DeLillo, a vet who is staying at the...

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Guest Opinion: The Minimum Wage

By Tyler Colford A government mandated minimum wage sounds nice; I mean doesn’t everyone deserve to make a livable wage off of 40 hours, or less, of work a week? Let’s unpack what happens when a government enforces a minimum wage. A minimum wage does not mean that workers will receive a livable wage. It means that, at a particular time, the (local,...

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The Next Milestone in VT Yankee’s Legacy

To the Editor: On Thursday, August 2, Vermont Yankee announced that the transfer of all spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage was completed safely, under budget, and nearly two years ahead of schedule. This marks a major milestone and establishes a strong foundation for accelerated decommissioning by future owner NorthStar Group Services upon re...

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Vote for Vermont: Vermont’s Native Americans

“Native people are place-based instead of church-based. They go outside where God exits for them.” They go outside where God exists for them. The Abenaki consider themselves just a strand in the Circle of Creation.” Melody Walker Brook I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing two members of the Abenaki Tribe: Chief Don Stevens, Nulhegan Abenaki...

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Guest Opinion: Fighting Over Scraps: And So Unnecessary!

By Dan Freilich We Americans are at each other’s throats because we’re fighting over scraps, like what occurs in underdeveloped countries with severe wealth inequality. Basically, our national wealth is being amassed and horded by the ultra-rich and corporations, neither of which pays their fair share of taxes anymore. There’s little revenue for cr...

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Vote for Phil Scott

Dear Editor, Governor Phil Scott is seeking a second term as our governor. He has been criticized by the gun constituency for recently signing new gun restrictions into law. We the public need laws that try to stop the wild proliferation of random school massacres in our country. The Fair Haven incident this past spring, a very close call, is a cas...

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Coming Soon to the Savoy Theater: Eighth Grade: ***1/2

I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I think that our country’s child labor laws are strict and hypocritical. Our policy seems to be something like this: Dear Pakistan, We Americans are morally superior to you. In our enlightened country, we toss industrialists in federal prison if we catch them employing young people. Shame on you. Sincerely,...

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Guest Opinion: Supporting Andrew Brewer

By Greg Guyette I hope you will join me in supporting Andrew Brewer for State Senate. I have known Andrew since our early days at Berlin Elementary School and have grown to know and respect him even more deeply over time. He is a compassionate and natural leader who understands issues deeply and seeks a variety of opinions before making important d...

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Tackle It Like a Turtle

By Katie Moritz Jamie Heath, of Barre, sits in an armchair in her living room. Her posture, which is casual yet engaged, and her eye contact, which is direct, make her seem more mature than her seventeen years. Beside her, fanned open on a small side table, stands her book, “Wishes Are Medicine, How Make-A-Wish Gave Me Hope & Helped Me Heal.” H...

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Vote for Scott on August 14th

Dear Editor, Here in Vermont, we’ve been struggling with a rising cost of living for a while now. But over the last few years, thanks to Governor Scott, we’ve seen movement in the right direction–especially as it relates to making our state more affordable. As a Vermonter who is approaching retirement age, I’m thrilled Governor Scott worked h...

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