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Opinion: Afterschool programs seen as vital

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By Tierney O'Meara



Every day in Vermont, over 21,000 children are left alone to care for themselves between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. The statewide shortage of high-quality afterschool and summer programs is a significant challenge for many working families.

A 2014 nationwide report ranked Vermont as fourth in the nation for after-school programming. Yet, this report also revealed that there are more than 22,000 Vermont K-12 students who would participate in an afterschool program today, if they had access to one.

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Nuovo on Lucretius: The plague of the heart

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays on Lucretius, an early philosopher who provides a link to “lost classics” through his epic poem “On the Nature of Things.”

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Clippings: Dandelions welcome at my dinner table

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John McCright



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As the last snowfall of the winter of 2015-2016 recedes into memory, it feels like spring has truly arrived. Even before that last snow — gosh, only a little more than two weeks ago — me and my family were getting the lawn cleared of its winter debris and I even puttered around in the garden the weekend before that snow. I got my peas in the ground then.

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Eric Davis: Trump poses problem for Vt. GOP

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Donald Trump’s clinching the Republican presidential nomination will pose challenges for Vermont Republicans. In order to win statewide races, GOP candidates need the votes of independents, who disapprove of Trump by large margins.

Trump did win the Vermont Republican primary in March, with 33 percent of the vote. However, he received only 10 percent of all votes cast on Town Meeting Day. In November, Trump could well receive less than 40 percent of the Vermont presidential vote.

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Ways of Seeing: Where do memories live?

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Kate Gridley



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When we moved a few months ago, downsizing from a large Victorian house that we will hold in our memories as the home where we raised our sons, the act of taking the house apart brought — to my surprise — an image of my father’s brain to mind.

My father died at the age of 86 from causes related to a disintegrating brain. We thought of it simply as dementia, but there was much more going on.

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Legislative Report: The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



First, the good actions taken by this years legislators:

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Opinion: Act 46 could use more coverage

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Peter Grant



At the meeting in Bristol last night over Act 46, it seems that there are a lot of questions about what it means.

One question concerned towns voting not to join the new and improved school districts. Seems the Legislature made the law a “take it or we will do it for you” system. Which left one open question, among many, and that was about a town dropping out of the district, like Huntington. Well, Huntington is in an area that modern news media doesn’t really cover, since we no longer have a regional/state paper.

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Editorial: 2016 session: Balance of work is up to voters to determine

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If pundits and critics are lamenting a dearth of “big initiatives” this session, perhaps that’s OK — new initiatives, after all, usually cost money; and part of the goal this year was to limit spending to a sustainable level.

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Opinion: Sorrell joins the 'global warmists'

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Alice Dubentsky



Is anyone surprised that Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrell has joined forces with left-wing Democrat attorneys general to shake down Exxon Mobil for daring to express their skepticism about anthropomorphic global warming?

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Ediorial: Session's end, public gains

Posted on May 9, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the legislative session wrapped up this past Saturday, the governor’s scorecard was mixed: he failed to get his two signature initiatives of this session signed into law (legalizing marijuana and divesting from coal-related industries), but several other initiatives passed that he also championed.

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