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March 24th, 2016

Matt Dickerson: Coming home

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



My older brother Ted just visited me from Alaska.

All three of my brothers enjoy outdoor activities. They have all done some camping, hiking and fishing. But Ted is my brother who enjoys outdoor recreation the most. Perhaps even more than I do. Like me he grew up in small town New England and was raised on fishing and camping trips with our father in northern Maine.

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Editorial: Porter's golden goose; plus how a $11 million deficit can yield a $3.7 million surplus

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



Ask the average bloke on the street what they know about Porter Hospital’s finances and chances are they would say Porter is close to failing and they heard something about the hospital losing $11 million in the past four years. “Wowza,” they might add. “How can the hospital stay open with that much red ink? Better cut expenses and fast!”

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Porter Medical Center is 'profitable,' but difficult financial decisions loom

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Less than a week before it convenes its annual meeting on March 30, Porter Medical Center has pushed the proverbial reset button on its top executive position and on a new compensation plan for providers. PMC officials are also searching for more stability in the institution’s operating budget, which each year is thrown a financial life preserver through a federal drug subsidy program.

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Clippings: Farewell, dear four-legged friend

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



We lost a dear, dear friend at my house last weekend. She had four legs, a tail and fur — a brilliant tortoiseshell coat of black, orange, tan and cream. Yes, we lost a cat. But not just any cat. We lost Blacknose — one of those once-in-a-lifetime pets who’s pretty much a person, just a person of a different species.

First, let me explain that stupid name — “Blacknose.”

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Jessie Raymond: Disgust gives way to good deed

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last week marked a personal victory: I touched an earthworm. On purpose.

Since I am, at least in a general sense, a gardener, you would think I am forever touching worms — running my hands through the rich soil and marveling at the serpentine creatures that tunnel through it, aerating it while breaking down the organic matter.

Hardly.

I know earthworms are highly beneficial creatures. There’s just one thing: They’re gross.

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Gregory Dennis: Our hospital seeks a port in a storm

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



If Porter were a patient, you would say she needed continuing medical attention.

The nurses have been unhappy with working conditions for several years, and this year the medical system’s doctors have gone public with their own concerns.

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Legislative Report by Rep. Fred Baser: Paying for health care in Vermont

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



In December of 2014 Gov. Shumlin halted his single-payer health insurance effort. Since then, health care and its funding have left prime time. Yet, behind the scenes, much is still going on. There are two stories that deserve attention. The first is the state’s effort to move to an all-payer model, which would set up a health services payment system that would replace the current fee-for-service system. The second concerns our Medicaid guidelines and their impact on providers and the state’s finances.

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Opinion: James' ancestor felt differently

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Bob Buckeye



The first Edwin James, of Weybridge, Middlebury College class of 1816, would support Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, as his descendent, Edwin James of Shoreham, does not.

The first James condemned the capitalist greed of whites in their dispossession of Native Americans and became a lifelong defendant of the right of Native Americans to live their lives.

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