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Opinion: Charbonneau, Sheldon are touted

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



On August 9, I plan to support Jill Charbonneau and Amy Sheldon in the Democratic primary for Vermont House in Middlebury. Jill Charbonneau is running for her first term. Jill, who has been enthusiastically endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, will be a strong advocate for Vermont workers, as well as for moving forward on the goal of health care as a public good for all Vermonters and making higher education more affordable.

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Opinion: Minter's higher ed plan is praised

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Dave Sharpe



As the chair of the House Education Committee, I have long been disturbed that nearly all Vermonters graduate high school, but only about half continue their education beyond high school.

This trend spells disaster: By 2020, two-thirds of jobs in Vermont will require some post-secondary education. We are setting ourselves up for a situation in which many young Vermonters will only be qualified for low-wage jobs.

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Ways of Seeing: A new awareness of Angels

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



As I grow older, my mind sometimes goes places faster than my typing fingers can keep up or ideas get conflated with one another when I am trying to express them. Concepts that at one time seemed “too far out there” are starting to seem possible as I am learning to see things in different ways.

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‘Dangerous’ Vermont fauna: leeches, ticks

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Bill Schubart



This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.

New Age Trigger Warning: The following column contains information that may be troubling to people with heightened sensibilities and little real world experience or who suffer from enhanced yuck factor syndrome.

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Opinion: VEGI part of state’s efforts to boost firms of all sizes

Posted on June 24, 2016 |
By Fred Baser



Are there flaws in VEGI (Vermont Employment Growth Incentive)? In a letter to the editor in the June 13 Independent, one person expressed this opinion. The facts suggest that he is wrong.

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Opinion: Silence not a satisfactory response to discrimination

Posted on June 24, 2016 |
By Anya Schwartz



Years ago, when “Take Back Vermont” signs popped up in the wake of the civil unions struggle in Vermont, and vitriolic letters appeared daily in the Burlington Free Presshating on gays and lesbians, I experienced how my home in Vermont could suddenly feel unsafe, and how neighbors I once thought of as accepting of me might actually wish that I — and every other lesbian, gay, or bi person in Vermont — would disappear.

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Opinion: Porter caregivers were ‘outstanding’

Posted on June 24, 2016 |
By Carolyn Spooner



Having just spent 12 days at death’s door while at Porter Hospital, I want everyone to know that each and every caregiver, and there were many, was outstanding. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated hospital staff right here in our community.

Carolyn Spooner, Middlebury

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Opinion: Retiring Rep. grateful for reception

Posted on June 24, 2016 |
By Betty Nuovo



I want to thank the Middlebury selectboard for the wonderful reception that they gave me, and Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay for making all the arrangements for it. Also I am grateful for so many people who came to wish me well.

It was a wonderful event that warmed my heart and that I shall never forget.

Rep. Betty Nuovo, Middlebury

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Clippings: Sadly, Orlando offered perspective

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



One year ago, I wrote a column that appeared in this space and in the newspaper of which I am the editor, The Reporter in Brandon. It was June 2015 and the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, legally recognized the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry.

In writing that column, I came out to readership of The Reporter. It wasn’t a secret, but it was personal information that I had to share in order to explain my excitement over the court’s historic decision.

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Eric Davis: Bernie Sanders seeks change from within

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Eric L. Davis



In recent weeks, Sen. Bernie Sanders has sent e-mails to his millions of supporters seeking small donations on behalf of Democratic candidates for Congress and state legislatures all over the country. 

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