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Jessie Raymond: Getting 'back' to normal takes time

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



I threw out my back while shoveling snow the weekend before last, leaving my husband, Mark, to finish my share of the labor. He called it “convenient timing.”

True, shoveling is my least favorite winter chore. But the injury was real and the timing, in my opinion, was entirely appropriate. Who tweaks their back while resting quietly?

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Greg Dennis: The intricacies of male hugging

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Hugging is a wonderful way to express affection. It’s one of my favorite things to do.

But when it comes to men hugging their casual male friends, I’m sure I speak for many men when I say:

Can’t we just go back to shaking hands?

I’m not sure when it was that hugging among men became the New Normal. Maybe it started back in the Seventies, when feminist-oriented women (rightly) started pounding it into our feeble male brains that it wouldn’t kill us to show some public affection to other men, now and then.

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Opinion: Vermont needs affordable childcare

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Amethyst Peaslee



I’m writing in support of new legislation to support the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission to research financing options for high-quality, affordable childcare in Vermont.

As an employee in a community childcare support agency, I am well aware of the true cost of quality childcare and the limited ability of most families to afford to pay for quality care. Most childcare programs do not charge what it really costs them to offer high-quality care, and instead rely on fundraising.

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Opinion: Sharpe right on ed. finance reform

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By George Jaeger



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Opinion: Solar investment needed in county

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Bill Miller



In response to your news article dated Feb. 2 and headlined, “Backers see solar as moneymaker”:

I am CFO for Green Lantern Development in Waterbury, a small, growing solar developer. We focus on the public sector. We develop and finance solar arrays for customers unable to use tax credits: towns, schools, hospitals and nonprofits.

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Opinion: Senate gun bill a sensible plan to protect Vermonters

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Terry Amrhein



On Feb. 10, a public hearing was held at the Statehouse to discuss requiring background checks for people purchasing firearms in Vermont. This is an important issue for all Vermonters.

In 1689, one hundred years before America’s independence, the English Bill of Rights already established the right for citizens to bear firearms. The Second Amendment just codified what every American already knew, that Americans have the right to own firearms. No one is suggesting that this right be repealed.

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Opinion: Vaccinations prevent return of insidious diseases

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Diana Cotter



When I was a child there were no vaccinations against the childhood diseases so I suffered through them. The mumps in first grade. I can still remember how I sobbed heartbroken because that day Mr. Gianti, the science teacher, was going to take us on a trip to the moon. Two weeks out of school even though after the first few days I felt fine.

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Opinion: Residents should pitch in to help CF patient in Bristol

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Whitey Mayo



I read with interest the article on the front page of the Addison Independent about the Heffernan family and their daughter, Kaitlin Heffernan, who needs money for a double lung transplant, having suffered with cystic fibrosis all her life. How sad, a young lady, working, putting money into the system and wondering how her life is going to turn out.

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On Point In Education: Reauthorization of education law is opportunity for change

Posted on February 11, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which spawned the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, is the central linchpin of the federal education agenda. Signed into law in 1965 by Lyndon Johnson, it has set forth federal agendas on education and has been the primary pathway for federal funding to state and local agencies.

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Guest editorial: Legislature faces crucial decisions on current use

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Jamey Fidel



Among the many issues being debated in Montpelier that could have a lasting impact on Vermont’s environment and economy are possible changes to the Current Use program.

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