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Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Me2/Orchestra Played at the Barre Opera House to Bring Awareness to Mental Health

To The Editor, Washington County Mental Health (WCMHS) hosted the Me2/Orchestra at the Barre Opera House on Sunday, November 11. The event was a celebration of creativity and possibility, regardless of the challenges someone may face in their life. All proceeds will go to the Zero Suicide initiative at WCMHS, a nationally recognized model of care,...

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One Family’s Christmas Suggestion

By G. E. Shuman I’ll tell you a story, in Seussical rhymes Of a family decision, made one Christmastime To do something different when they got together To celebrate Christmas, in snow-stormy weather. For so many years, they had worried and stressed To find just which presents would be simply best For nephews and nieces and parents and others Who g...

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Give the Perfect Gift – the Gift of Life

Dear Editor: The fall and winter can be a busy time full of fun activities and travel, but the same activities that bring joy can also negatively impact patients in need of lifesaving transfusions. In fact, right now, the American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and has issued an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types to giv...

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This Project Needs to Proceed in a Pragmatic, Thoughtful Way

To The Editor, I am one of the signatories on the petition filed with the Montpelier Development Review Board (DRB) for party status on their soon-to-be-issued decision on the Capital City public parking garage. Nineteen residents signed this petition listing concerns about the project which combines the proposed 348 space parking garage with the B...

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Customer Overcharges

To The Editor, In the last few weeks I have been overcharged at several businesses (none in Barre). Unfortunately I did not check my receipts until I got home. I now check all receipts before I leave the parking lot. I wonder how many other customers are also being overcharged without their knowledge? It is very maddening to get all the way home an...

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Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare: ***

I got terribly sick about 10 years ago. I’m not going to bore you with the details, but my illness made me learn more about the state of American health care than I had ever planned. After a few miserable years, two hospital stays, two surgeries, and a boatload of drugs, I was feeling okay. I could hardly believe it. I was going to waste away and d...

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A Star is Born: *1/2

“A Star is Born” is the runaway hit of the season. It is getting great reviews and it is going to be nominated for Best Picture. I don’t get it, though. This isn’t a well-made movie. To me, “A Star is Born” is a sloppily made melodrama from a first-time director who yearns for the white male dominated world of the 20th Century. Writer/director/star...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Readers, Dear Friends, This week’s column will be a short one. (I know, some of you are breathing a sigh of relief with that news.) Sometimes I try to make you laugh in this space; sometimes I just want to make us all think. Today I would like us to think. I would also like us to feel. Our nation has just finished another very contentious poli...

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No Greater Responsibility

Friend, There are few higher honors than being elected by your neighbors; for them to have enough faith and trust in you to represent them and their interests; and be the person they are counting on to work on the issues that are most important to them. And there’s no greater responsibility than working – every day – to understand and solve the pro...

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Bohemian Rhapsody: ****

Queen is the greatest rock band of all time. Everybody knows Freddie Mercury. But Queen had four guys, each with a knack for writing songs that are immediately catchy and magically timeless. Another One Bites the Dust (1980) is a disco song. Bassist John Deacon had just discovered American black music and you can hear it in his funk-inspired bass r...

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