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Sweden: A Lesson for America?

(4 Stars) Now on Amazon Prime Video We could sure learn some lessons from the Social Democrats of Sweden. The big, enlightened, compassionate central government in Stockholm doesn’t let market forces get in the way of its universal healthcare, enviable schools, and guaranteed cradle-to-grave financial security… …I honestly thought that’...

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School Boards Health Benefit Proposal Strikes the Right Balance

By Elizabeth Fitzgerald Vermonters recognize that one of our most important public responsibilities is the education of our children. Not only is it a moral and legal imperative, but it is also critical for the economic future of our state. Providing a high-quality education for Vermont children means that we must make sure that those who choose to...

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The Greatest Invention

By G. E. Shuman Okay, so, today I want to talk to you about what I think is mankind’s greatest invention. If asked what that invention might be, most people would probably mention penicillin or computers, medicine or manned flight, the internal combustion engine or artificial intelligence, or some other invention that is great, but in my mind still...

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Unintended Consequences

By Stilton Jarlsberg The recent rash of mass shootings has left the nation stunned but, sadly, not speechless. The usual media and political suspects are saying the usual things, using the bodies of the innocent as a sickening ideological soapbox. We’re not going to do that here. These gruesome murders are not about, nor caused by, politics. Rather...

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New weatherization incentives good for families, good for jobs

By Brian Gray In the midst of the warm summer months, it’s easy to forget the long winter and cold, wet spring we survived this year. But there are plenty of reasons for Vermonters, especially with moderate incomes, to take action now in preparation for the coming cold. Just about every Vermonter would agree that if there was something they could d...

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Leahy: Vermont Receives $98,918 to Connect Schools and Local Farms Under Leahy-Authored Farm to School Program

A program long championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will invest $98,918 in bolstering efforts to bring local agriculture into the classrooms and cafeterias of Vermont schools.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced Farm to School grants to connect child nutrition programs with local farmers. Leahy said:  “Tying local agricu...

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Twelve Reasons We Need Sane Health Care for Everybody

Health industry lobbyists keep claiming to wonder why we need Medicare for All when, they insist, we have such a wonderful system already. Well, here are 12 reasons: • 9/11 first responders wouldn’t have to beg for health care • People in horrible accidents wouldn’t have to resort to online begging • People with diabetes wouldn’t have to risk amput...

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

(3.5 stars) Who is the greatest living American director? …Scorsese, Stone, Nolen, Payne, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson? I don’t know. All I know is that Quentin Tarantino has to be in the mix. And he’s still in the prime of his career. “Django Unchained” is one of the best movies of all time. “The Hateful Eight” is not quite as good but it’s...

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President Trump is Providing Hope for Kidney Patients

President Trump has promised to fight for the forgotten men and women of America—those whose needs and suffering have been too often unheeded by their government. One forgotten group in healthcare is the millions of Americans with some stage of kidney disease—especially the more than 700,000 Americans suffering from the final, deadly stage of the d...

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2019 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year

Wonder Why Farm, a 235-head certified organic dairy operation in Cabot, Vermont, has been named the 2019 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. Morgan and Jennifer Churchill were selected for this award for their overall excellence in dairying as well as their innovative ways to improve herd management and produce high-quality milk, including installing r...

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