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Letter to the editor: Not all statistics support 'reasonable gun control'

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By C.W. Cobb



In a recent editorial Angelo Lynn engaged in the time-honored practice of cherry-picking statistics in an effort to sway public opinion, in this instance for “reasonable gun control.” Here are some other cherry picked statistics that are also worth considering:

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Letter to the editor: ACTR bus stop site makes sense

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Laura Asermily



As a local elected official concerned about access to our downtown and serving as Public Health and Safety Committee Chair and ACTR board liaison, I am keenly aware of the tension for convenient and safe access to the post office and its nearby buildings and businesses.

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Editorial: A priceless civics lesson

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



A common lament among older generations (me included) is that schools these days don’t teach civics like they used to.

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Editorial: You can't make this stuff up

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



No doubt our current president is a political lightning rod for liberals and moderates like no other Republican we have seen in recent times (President Nixon was a close second, but that’s been 48 years). But it’s one thing to be viscerally abhorrent to political opponents; it’s quite another to be harshly criticized by members of your own political party. When that’s the case, the warning signs of a president who poses a threat to our society are magnified.

Here, then, are a few comments from some unlikely sources:

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Letter to the editor: Proposed Brandon solar project would be an eyesore

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Jonathan Blake



As a big supporter of solar, wind and hydro energy farming as an alternative to fossil fuels, I have always thought there is a time and place for everything. This solar project of Conti’s off Park Street in Brandon is not one of them. Not only can this project never be shielded from the view of anyone near it, the loss of the beautiful fields on the edge of town will be lost forever.

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Letter to the editor: Students lauded for recent protests

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Gerry Loney



To all the K-12 students in Vermont who are making your voices heard:

I want to tell you how impressed so many of us are with you.  Realizing that kids like you are the targets of many mass shootings, you have decided to act. You are asking legislators to resist attempts by the NRA and other groups to stifle discussion. You are asking them, instead, to be concerned about your safety and to pass laws that will help protect all of you and all of us.

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Letter to the editor: State budget should support traumatized children

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Phoebe Barash



Two headlines in the paper this week inspired me to write the following:

“Expand Drug Treatment Network to Battle Addiction” and “Half of $28M Tobacco Settlement Will Go to Fight Opioids.”

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Letter to the editor: 2015 study makes a powerful case for gun control

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Dick Beamish



Regarding your excellent March 19 editorial, “Gun control: Facts vs. fiction.” The “2015 study” you cite makes a powerful case for gun control, showing that states with stronger controls have substantially fewer gun deaths than those with weak controls.

This is the best ammunition I’ve seen so far to refute the National Rifle Association’s nonsense that the best response to gun violence is more guns in the hands of more people.

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Editorial: Marches protest gun violence, but why now?

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Middlebury, about 400 protesters for stricter gun control legislation, joined another 2,500 protesters in Montpelier, and hundreds of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and more than 800 other places around the country and world in mass marches against gun violence.

It’s a movement started by students and led by students around the country — a grassroots protest that has turned into one of the largest political movements the country has seen since the Vietnam War protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Editorial: A stark visual to dairy's reality

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The decline in the number of dairy farms in Vermont has been steady for the past 70 years, even as milk output increases and the economic contribution to the state remains significant. Perhaps because dairy remains an economic powerhouse in the farm sector, we Vermonters aren’t as concerned as we might be to the problems dairy farmers are facing today.

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