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November 6th, 2014
Recent letters and news stories have expressed the fear that a Vermont based single-payer system would be a threat to Medicare. This is simply untrue and here is why. The law that set Vermont on the path to single payer specifies on its very first page that Green Mountain Care will cover all Vermonters “regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” Also, federal law does not allow for any state to take away Medicare or change Medicare benefits for seniors.
I recently held a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child at Valley Bible Church on Oct. 19. I would like to thank every participant and supporter of this project, because it would not have been possible without their generous help.
The final count was 133 shoeboxes, and they will be sent around the world to many children this Christmas.
I’ve watched with interest the past few weeks as the Osborne House was prepared for its move, unable to believe such a large building (118 tons!) could really be moved down the road. I would have been one of the watchers in the predawn chill had I not had to be at Porter that morning for minor surgery.
Did a miniature IRS audit agent with angry eyebrows and a power suit knock on your door Halloween night? That was my daughter. This was the year she passed from shy-about-knocking to greed-fueled-sprinting. My job was to keep up and carry the water bottles.
This week’s writer is Bristol resident Wayne Michaud, director of Idle-Free VT Inc.
On a cold winter morning, from his living room, Jason presses the start button on the remote vehicle starter of his pickup truck. Outside, the engine starts up and runs for the next 15 minutes until finally being driven away.
The front page of your Oct. 20 edition presents a contrast. In the top photo, two Middlebury Union High School soccer team members are laughing, happy together as they carve pumpkins for the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
At the bottom of the page is a picture of a young man identified as “Prolific burglar gets 13 years to life.”
MIDDLEBURY — Naomi Smith had spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant when, during the late 1990s, she felt a tug to a decidedly different profession. Instead of counting numbers, she wanted to become a person who other women could count on if they had become victims of domestic or sexual abuse.
So Smith took a job as shelter program director for Burlington’s Women Helping Battered Women organization.