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Opinion: Sick bill deserves support

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By Barbie Hodgdon



I’m writing to express my support of the Healthy Workplace Bill H.187. I urge my senators to vote for this bill. By providing paid sick leave to many more employees, it will support a whole class of workers to live a healthier life.

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Opinion: Christmas offers outlet for some amusing riddles

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By Joyce Jacquier



I wrote the following riddles for my elderly brother who has Alzheimer’s disease, and he is limited from the usual. I am a 76-year-old secretary retiree, and not a published writer — just someone who likes to write as a hobby.

Christmas Riddles

Why did the dog bark at the postman?

     So he would “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

Why did the reindeer stamp his feet?

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Jessie Raymond: Police encounter ends life of crime

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



When I saw flashing blue lights in my rearview mirror one evening last week, I pulled over to let the cop go past.

But instead of flying by, he pulled in right behind me.

My first thought: Not this again.

I’m not proud to say it, but I have a history of run-ins with the law.

There was that time the summer after high school graduation when I got pulled over for going 35 in a 25 mile-per-hour zone. The officer let me off with a warning.

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Opinion: Davis wrong in Act 46 criticism

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Peter Conlon



Political columnist Eric Davis’s recent piece railing against Act 46 and school district unification is a good example of the type of old-style thinking we need to move away from to advance education and face the challenging headwinds of declining enrollment and increasing property taxes. It is also clear that Eric has not attended a school meeting in a long time to understand the reality of education governance today.

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Opinion: Rothplatt plan would aid pilots

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Jim Cossaart



After reading a letter of concern regarding the proposed hangar at theMiddlebury airport, I felt compelled to contribute a few words.

Several years ago, I lived very close to the airport. I do not pretend tobe an aircraft expert, but in my experience the type of helicopter and airplane Ms. Rothblatt employs will be far less noisy than many small prop planes I have heard taking off from the airstrip.

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Opinion: Shumlin's support of fracked gas is embarrassing

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Bobbie Carnwath



Open letter to Governor Shumlin:

Your quick trip to the world stage in Paris resulted in an awkward performance that embarrassed us back home in Vermont. It is difficult to say which was worse, your patronizing dismissal of Ms. Johnson-Kurts, or your apparent inability to understand that an energy policy that is dependent upon a buildout of fracked gas infrastructure is the opposite of a solution to the climate crisis.

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Opinion: School governance unification is very democratic

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Hannah Sessions



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Opinion: Governor's treatment of protester was condescending

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Mary Martin



Climate leader or liar, protester or protector? The public can decide which is more accurate.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has done it again. It’s bad enough when he does it in our state but he did it in Paris. He dismissed a protester, Aly Johnson-Kurts, with a verbal pat on her fanny. “OK, thank you. You’re beautiful. You’re eloquent. … Why don’t you run along back to Smith (referring to Smith College)?”

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Opinion: Many deserve thanks for helping animals in need

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Jessica Danyow



The season of giving has made me reflect on the many ways that our communityhas supported Homeward Bound over the year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the people who have helped turn life around for the homeless and neglected animals that come to our shelter.

Thank you to volunteers who have given countless hours providing one-on-oneTLC with the dogs, cats, rabbits and other residents of Homeward Bound. You have given them hope.

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Opinion: 'Twas the Night After Christmas

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



’Twas the Night After Christmas

’Twas the night after Christmas and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse.

Piles of debris and throw-away toys

Is all that remained from the wee girls and boys.

Children was nestled all snug in their beds

With cell phones and new apps tucked under their head.

Sacred icons once shaped with our hands

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