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Jessie Raymond: Me and my computer, groaning and whining

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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In case you were worried, my computer is fine.

This is not a tale of sudden tragedy in which, for example, my PC crashes and I lose a year’s worth of business records because my rewritable CD backup fails. (That was almost 20 years ago. The recurring nightmares have all but stopped.)

But the computer I have now is old. How old? No idea. I don’t remember where I bought it, or when. I don’t think we owned it when we last moved, 13 years ago, but I can’t be sure. Maybe it came with the house.

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Victor Nuovo: Federalism offers check on mankind

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.

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Letter to the editor: Time to update redeemable law

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Spencer Putnam



It always give me a lift in early May to see Vermonters cleaning up their roadsides on Green Up Day. Most of us really do care about the appearance of our state. On the other hand, it would be nice if we did not have to clean up after those that don’t.

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Letter to the editor: ACSD statistics are questionable

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By John Wetzel



In response to Angelo Lynn’s April 25th editorial, I must respectfully take issue with many of the points made. I will not go through all of them, but will select a few to make a point. For one, many of the charts and numbers presented need to be questioned for accuracy.

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Editorial: Gov. faces minimum-wage dilemma

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



Here’s the dilemma for Gov. Phil Scott as Vermont’s Legislature prepares to send him a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024: the legislation helps those workers who need the most help, yet would likely hurt key sectors of the economy causing Vermont to lose more jobs.

For a governor who has made growing jobs and creating a business-friendly environment two of his primary goals, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour doesn’t fit those objectives.

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Opinion: Gun waiting period would spare domestic violence survivors

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Karen Tronsgard-Scott



Vermont has an ugly secret. In our picturesque villages, our quaint downtowns and our larger neighborhoods grim scenes of domestic violence are occurring. It is all too easy to think that this grotesque violence doesn’t exist in our beautiful state. But behind too many closed doors, victims are suffering from emotional, economic and physical abuse. After a beloved state worker was murdered last year by her ex-boyfriend, Vermont’s Public Safety Commissioner called domestic violence “a disturbing trend in the state.” Indeed, the trend is disturbing. And deadly.

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Living with dying: Releasing the story from the body

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Louella Morgan-Richer



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Editor’s note: Last month in this space, Andy Davis shared his story of finding meaning in his grief. This month Louella Morgan-Richer, a community member and hospice volunteer, shares her personal story. We recognize the power of our stories to connect our own experiences of grief with the experiences of others. In this way we might find transformation, love and healing.

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Letter to the editor: Deeper research required as ACSD studies buildings

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By John-Eric Colley Robinson



An open letter to the ACSD Administration, Board, and Steering Committee:

Thank you for your thoughtfulness in planning, preparing, and presenting the April 17 community dialogue. Though I planned to attend, my son fell ill, and I stayed home to care for him. I deeply appreciate the link to the video and the attached documents you emailed me.

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