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August 20th, 2019

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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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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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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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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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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, To look at me, you are bound to come to the wrong conclusion.  The years have been hard on me.  I am 70 years old.  I fought in Vietnam.  I suffer from a host of health problems, including PTSD and chronic pain.  My face and body reveal my condition and my experiences. Last year I was arrested.  I had argued with a school principal abo...

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What is the Climate Change Story We Tell Our Children?

I’ve been wrestling with a sentence that typifies the mission of our times, and have come to this: “We need to end the fundamental threat that climate change presents to our ability to provide for our children.” We can accomplish this by engaging two of the most wonderful features of common humanity: Our creativity and our neighborliness―our care f...

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Celebrating July 4

By Debra Paul, New Hampshire If you think celebrating the Fourth of July is just a matter of firing up the barbecue, getting out the sparklers, or heading to the seacoast or the mountains for a three-day weekend, we invite you to reconsider. The Fourth of July is also known, of course, as Independence Day, and that’s the reason for this extra day a...

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Policy Leaders are Listening to Vermont Businesses

By Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce Prevailing post-adjournment reports have sidelined the praise both the Legislature and the Administration deserve for their contributions to Vermont’s economy. While it is tempting to continue debating the 2019 political turmoil, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce instead chooses to celebrate som...

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WGDR Pledge Drive

Dear Editor, WGDR is the soundtrack of social justice, environmentalism, multiculturalism and responsible community action in Central Vermont. By being a listener, and contributing to this courageous broadcast, you become part of this transformative action. WGDR gives voice to cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and life-long learning. When...

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Cutler Memorial Library Thank You

To the Editor: Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield recently conducted an extremely successful Plant and Book Sale.  We want to thank the following area businesses, who generously contributed plants, shrubs, and/or horticultural supplies:  Amanda’s Greenhouse, Cate Farm, East Hill Tree Farm, Littlewood Farm, Peak Hydroponics, Plainf...

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