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Opinion: Hope can be found this time of year

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Jan F. Demers



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It was Damber who told the story. “Although my mother has chronic migraine headaches, she loves to work and wants to help. My father works the night shift so that he can help in the store during the day. My youngest sister, who is in Essex Middle School, also helps out.”

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Letter to the editor: With community help, Dinners With Love feeds hospice patients

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Sarah M. Audet



On behalf of Dinners with Love, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Vergennes Lions Club for donating Thanksgiving meals to some of the families in our Addison County program who needed a little extra love this time of year.

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Letter to the editor: Learn to love winter by understanding it

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Paul N. Seward



Winter is a terrible time of year. It’s cold. It’s dark. You have to spend a half hour putting on heavy clothing just to walk to the mailbox. We all have chronic seasonal depressive disorder. And many of us flee to Florida to escape.

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Letter to the editor: A poetic tribute to a departed president and his dog

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Gary Margolis



Lying in state

Isn’t it his dog

we’re drawn to,

his yellow lab retriever?

 

Lying in the Rotunda.

Close to his flag-draped,

military coffin.

 

Trained to stay, until

she’s called to be

of service. Somehow

 

she knows he’s still

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Letter to the editor: Many reasons to take a knee

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By John Lea



Take a knee for the millions kidnapped from Africa and packed into the holds of slave ships.

Take a knee for those slaves who worked for NOTHING other than maybe food, clothing, and shelter.

Take a knee for the tens of thousands who were kept and bred like animals for their white slave-owner’s profit.

Take a knee for those women raped by their white slave-owners.

Take a knee for those lynched.

Take a knee for those killed by police for being black.

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Editorial: Climate change calamity confronts a world struggling to cut emissions

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



This Wednesday, at the 24thannual U.N. climate conference held in Poland, scientists around the world agreed on one sobering finding: global emissions of carbon dioxide have reached the highest levels on record — despite world-wide efforts, pacts and promises by nations around the world to reduce their carbon footprints.

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Editorial: Disturbing news for democracy

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri, legislators led by Republicans are using this lame-duck session (that time between the Nov. 6 General Election and the start of the new administration in January) to pass a slew of state laws that would either reduce power of the incoming Democratic governors or attorney generals, push for more restrictive voting rights and make it more difficult for citizens to directly influence legislation. 

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Ways of Seeing by Joanna Colwell: Open letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



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One of my husband’s favorite t-shirts bears your image, or at least an image of your wild hair, and your glasses. It also bears the number 2016, the year we hoped you would prevail in the Democratic primary, and then continue on to become our 45th president. You don’t need me to tell you that things didn’t quite work out the way we wished.

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Jessie Raymond: Christmas cookies or consequences

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Last year, I started my holiday baking the day after Thanksgiving. By getting an early start and pacing myself, I reasoned, I could build up a varied inventory and be able to hand out plates of goodies to all, right through Christmas.

 I bought butter and sugar by the case, sharpened my cookie cutters, generously floured every flat surface in the house and started cranking out cookies. The Keebler elves could have taken some lessons in mass production.

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Greg Dennis: Times a-changing for women in politics, or are they?

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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When Becca Balint was first running for a Windsor County seat in the Vermont State Senate, she got a postcard from an anonymous sender with this message: “I urge you to end your political ambitions and stay home with your children.”

Too often even today, that’s what it’s like for women in politics.

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