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Letter to the Editor: State failing to address real issues of opiate addiction

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Amy Quenneville



On April 9, I attended an open forum with State Attorney General T.J. Donovan and Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy, arranged by the family of Leo Branchaud. Leo was walking beside the road when he was struck and killed. The person accused of killing him had eight prior felony convictions and 33 prior misdemeanor convictions. Under Vermont law, after three felony convictions, prosecutors have the option of pursuing habitual offender status, which has the potential sentence of life imprisonment.

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Legislative Review: Fred Baser, More to session than pot and health insurance

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



One’s impression of the legislative sessions is often framed by headline year-end actions. This year it’s the legalization of marijuana and the teacher’s health insurance savings that have stolen the show. There are other initiatives that the Legislature acted on that are likely to have greater meaning for more Vermonters. Here are a few of those developments.

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Guest editorial: Trump’s stance on NATO comes straight from Russia

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Haviland Smith



President Trump addressed our NATO allies in Brussels today, giving a speech that perfectly well could have been written by Vladimir Putin. Why Putin? Because it was brazenly inappropriate for the NATO venue and almost certainly was badly received by those allies and their constituents.

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Jessie Raymond: Time to show the garden who's boss

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A good gardener isn’t someone who has luck getting things to grow. Things will grow whether you want them to or not. The real talent lies in taking charge of what grows and not letting the garden be the boss of you. You have to be ruthless.

I’m not.

Or, I wasn’t. After years of lamenting my lack of cruel streak, I have finally found my inner garden warrior.

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Legislative Review: Rep. Peter Conlon, Sound state budget faces veto

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Rep. Peter Conlon



By Rep. Peter Conlon, D-Cornwall

With the legislative session now in the rearview mirror, I wanted to touch on a couple major accomplishments and address the issue of school employee health insurance.

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Ways of Seeing: Abi Sessions, 'Garden World' counteracts Trump

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Abi Sessions



It’s all Trump’s fault: my chronic stiff neck, the persistent headaches, the muscles in my shoulders as tight as steel cables. Those shoulders seized up on election night and haven’t let go yet.

The cracked tooth soon to be extracted — that’s his fault too. I’m sure the unconscious clenching of the jaw when I read the latest outrage or listen to his nasty voice has enough power to shatter the enamel of that previously healthy tooth.

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Letter to the Editor: Government is failing the people

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Rustan Swenson



Our nation desperately needs to move to a “non-GMO” system. Governmental administration has launched a campaign of manipulation, mongrelization and modification through massive malfeasance and malpractice assaulting the critical life and quality of life-sustaining organizations and government agencies. We must return to original founding principals and cleanse ourselves of the massive pollution of bodies, minds and souls.

We must return to our OMG:

Original founding principles and virtues.

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Letter to the Editor: Columnist right about Trump

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Larry Booker



Mark Shields is a syndicated columnist and news analyst. He appears, together with David Brooks of the New York Times, on the “PBS News Hour” every Friday evening. This is what he said last Friday. “George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, Richard Nixon couldn’t tell the truth and Donald Trump doesn’t know the difference.” You can do with this whatever you want, but I believe it rings true.

Larry Booker

Pittsford

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Letter to the Editor: Congress must show leadership

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Bruz Brown



I am compelled to write a letter and give my opinion on the situation in Washington D.C.

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Letter to the Editor: Scott proposal must be rejected

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Jill Charbonneau



The Vermont State Labor Council AFL CIO unequivocally supports the Vermont National Education Association (NEA) in their struggle to protect collective bargaining rights. While Gov. Scott’s administration has put forward a radical “plan” to save taxpayers a projected $26 million, this plan appears to be a cousin to Trump’s skinny budget proposal, half-baked and filled with sound bites and little else.

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