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03/19/2020
Addison County residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations seem to be changing daily. Social distancing is undoubtedly an appropriate measure to take in an effort to prevent/limit the spread of COVID-19. It has also resulted in many local businesses and nonprofits assessing how they can meet the needs of their employees and the people they serve in new ways during these changing times.  As needs in the community increase, so does our need to persevere in our good work. United Way of Addison County is getting creative in how we stay connected to the people and organizations that need us...
03/19/2020
I could be thinking of almost anyone Today it’s the midfielder who has to say Goodbye to his teammates, without   Having played half of the season. Who has to wave a virtual farewell. Without a high-five. Touching   Sticks at the end of a game. A sign That means more today, when these College men can’t shake hands.   Won’t be able to go to the goal again  Anytime soon. Of course this is only a  small example. And not to be compared    To a country on lockdown. Everyone  In the world doing what they can to stop The contagion. And not pretend the infection   Doesn’t affect them too. That we...
03/19/2020
For nearly two months, teams across the UVM Health Network have been planning for our clinical and operational response to what is now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a State of Emergency in both Vermont and New York. It is essential that all of us now move with an abundance of caution and take important measures to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. From across the globe, and now in the United States, we are seeing examples of how important it is to act responsibly and swiftly, and we must, too. As we focus on the health and safety of our...
03/16/2020
On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott declared a state of emergency in Vermont in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has now established several beachheads in this country — most notably a new epicenter is spreading in New Rochelle, N,Y., New York City and neighboring states and into the Boston area. It is already in Vermont and will ramp up sooner than most of us expect. What ALL Vermonters need to understand is that social distancing is critical to preventing a rush of critically ill patients on our health care system. What we have seen in other countries with health care systems better...
03/16/2020
This week’s writer is Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.  Trust in government is at an all-time low. As you can see playing out before our eyes in the news today, integrity is at a premium in times of crisis. Truth and transparency are necessary to effective leadership. In Vermont, we take great pride in having a government that is more accessible and more trusted than those in other states, but over the years I have seen Americans, including Vermonters, grow increasingly frustrated with those times when they feel like their government is not operating openly and transparently. Whether we...
03/16/2020
When I was young I was regularly admonished to finish all of my dinner because children were starving in China. While the logic of this still eludes me, the sad reality is that it was true. An estimated 39 million Chinese starved to death during this time. The tragedy is chronicled in great detail in “Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962” by Yang Jisheng. The reason this is relevant today is because the famine was not the result of a natural disaster, but the direct result of leaders failing to face reality. In an effort to promote their own careers and prove the success of...
03/16/2020
Our heartfelt thanks to the firefighters of the Bristol Fire Department along with Lincoln, Monkton, and Starksboro fire departments and the Bristol Rescue Squad, who responded to our house fire last week. We were fortunate to have such well-trained and equipped volunteer firefighters under the capable leadership of Chief Brett LaRose. They saved our house from total destruction and our smoke alarm saved our lives.  We encourage everyone to have smoke alarms on every floor that can communicate with each other.  Thank you to our friends, family, and neighbors who offered support, caring,...
03/12/2020
Life will be a bit different for the next few months as we move through what will become known as the Coronavirus pandemic. Medical experts are predicting that 40 percent to 70 percent of Americans will become infected with the virus. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted that 80 percent of Germans will be infected with the virus. Those are alarming numbers that should make everyone take notice. It is not, as President Trump has maintained for the past several weeks, no big deal. It’s precisely that pig-headed notion and rejection of scientific and medical evidence that has put this...
03/12/2020
I am a Vermont primary care pediatrician with a background in public health. The U.S. public health response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been a slow-motion train wreck that highlights the fragility of public health networks. It’s what happens when leadership is slow to respond, when science is ignored and facts are distorted, and when leadership defunds critical infrastructure. It has been more than two months since the onset of this epidemic and our CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is only now beginning to provide for timely testing, albeit only in limited...
03/12/2020
Several developments this past week emphasize the importance of this year’s elections for the U.S. Senate, where Republicans now hold a 53 to 47 majority. To control the chamber, Democrats would need a net gain of three seats if a Democrat were elected vice president, and a net gain of four seats if there were a Republican vice president. Most Democratic candidates for the Senate in competitive states are pleased that Joe Biden appears more likely than Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Democrats in states such as Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina do not want a...

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