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Opinion: Citizenship oath does not speak of caring, community

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Deborah Young



Yesterday I went to a naturalization ceremony at Beeman Elementary School in New Haven. It was, on the whole, a heartwarming and inspiring experience. Thirty-one people from all over the world becoming U.S. citizens. The teachers, students, staff and administration at Beeman, the music director and singers from Mount Abraham Union High School, the Girl Scouts, and members of the Bristol band, as well as Honorable Colleen A. Brown worked together to put on a creative, professional and welcoming ceremony. I felt proud to be a part of the community.

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Community Forum: Reforms, taxes and Uncle Milton

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and a member of the Vermont State Board of Education.

Somewhere in everybody’s family tree is an Uncle Milton. Always smiling and backslapping, he treats everyone like his favorite nephew, and no wish is too much for his generosity. Enjoying the flattery, he takes the family out for dinner. It has happened too many times to be a coincidence but when the check comes, he’s always gone to the restroom.

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Opinion: Use of Roundup threatens health

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Last week I received in the mail someTrue ValueReward coupons that I could redeem at my local hardware store. I cut out the RoundUp coupon and mailed it back to the hardware store. I requested that the hardware store take RoundUp off its shelves, along with any other herbicide containing glyphosate. In March 2015, the United Nations’ World Health Organization stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” I told the hardware store to stop taking chances with our health.

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Opinion: Education is complex; we must be flexibile

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Peter Burrows



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Eric Davis: It makes sense to go slow on pot bill

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has amended the Senate-passed bill legalizing the sale of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use with a new proposal taking a very different approach.

Instead of legalization, the House Judiciary proposal would expand marijuana education programs, set a standard for psychoactive substances in the blood for drivers, and establish a commission to do more research on marijuana policy issues.

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Opinion: Ignore ads for 'Life Line' firm

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Jerry Shedd



A recent issue of the Independent included an advertising supplement from Life Line Screening. The flier presents one logical fallacy after another, beginning with a brief quote from a person indicating that her scan found a carotid artery blockage that she did not know about.

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Opinion: Moderation no answer to addicts

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John-Eric Colley Robinson



Do teens need a social environment that tolerates use of alcohol, cigarettes and other addictive drugs? Angelo Lynn makes this argument in his editorial of April 7. Lynn goes on to say that this use should be “controlled and socially acceptable … with tolerance, understanding and moderation.”

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Opinion: Moderation no answer to addicts

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John-Eric Colley Robinson



Do teens need a social environment that tolerates use of alcohol, cigarettes and other addictive drugs? Angelo Lynn makes this argument in his editorial of April 7. Lynn goes on to say that this use should be “controlled and socially acceptable … with tolerance, understanding and moderation.”

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Opinion: Quality of Porter board questioned

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Lucy McKeon



After all of the discord and dysfunction created by the Porter Hospital board through their choice of and support of a CEO and her management team, I am deeply disappointed at their lack of accountability as reported by the press and at the annual meeting on March 30.

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Lucretius: Experience and reality

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the eighth 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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