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Opinion: GMO labeling law makes sense

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Peter Ryersbach



I want to respond to David Van Vleck’s letter to the editor in the March 24 edition of the Addison Independent regarding the new state law on GMO labeling.

First, it isn’t up to David to say that GMOs are good or bad; that is up to each and every consumer. By labeling GMO-produced foods the customer can make their choice, whether they agree with David’s assessment of GMOs or if they have another opinion.

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Opinion: Boggs forgot human element

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Brenda Haskell



I would like to share my experience regarding the restructuring process implemented by the recent CEO Lynn Boggs at Porter Hospital.

Last November, after working 39 years as an LPN on the medical/surgical unit at Porter Hospital, myself and three other LPN’s were told at a meeting with David Fuller, human resources; Charleen Ryan, vice president of patient care; and Shelley Whitehurst, nurse consultant, that our positions were being eliminated.

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Opinion: Lowest wage earners need help with medical bills

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By James Rowe



In his letter in the March 21 edition of the Independent, Dr. Cossaart makes a great argument against Medicaid and rightly so. The whole health insurance industry is so far “out-of-whack,” to the extent that it should be investigated for criminal business practices. But the medical profession is also culpable — physicians, dentists, veterinarians — their charges (expenses) should really be evaluated.

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Opinion: Super-delegates should not exist in election system

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By George Jaeger



Angelo Lynn’s trenchant editorial of March 28 made clear how daunting Bernie Sanders’ chances are to win the nomination. He not only has to continue to ride the crest of the wave in the remaining primaries. But even if he can manage that, he must then confront and sharply whittle down Mrs. Clinton’s massive advantage among the party’s so-called “super-delegates” — the party insiders who, by virtue only of their status, assert the prerogative to support whoever they want, regardless of the wishes of their constituents.

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Opinion: Lawmakers lauded for divestment

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Paul McMahon



When it comes to money and our personal finances or those of our local, state and federal governments, we all aspire to be vigilant and smart about how those limited funds are working in our best interest. Those of us who are watching the global effects of climate change can very easily come to the conclusion, along with the scientists, that there is not just a potential threat to humankind, but a looming disaster.

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Opinion: Afterschool, summer efforts vital

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Mellissa O'Bryan



I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality after-school and summer learning programs for their children.

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Opinion: Health care initiatitves are ongoing

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser of 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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Notes of appreciation: Bixby grateful to voters for support

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Bixby Library Board of Directors



The board of directors and staff of Bixby Memorial Free Library would like to express our gratitude for the generous support for the library approved by voters at town meetings this year.

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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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