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Letter to the editor: State budget should support traumatized children

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Phoebe Barash



Two headlines in the paper this week inspired me to write the following:

“Expand Drug Treatment Network to Battle Addiction” and “Half of $28M Tobacco Settlement Will Go to Fight Opioids.”

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Letter to the editor: 2015 study makes a powerful case for gun control

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Dick Beamish



Regarding your excellent March 19 editorial, “Gun control: Facts vs. fiction.” The “2015 study” you cite makes a powerful case for gun control, showing that states with stronger controls have substantially fewer gun deaths than those with weak controls.

This is the best ammunition I’ve seen so far to refute the National Rifle Association’s nonsense that the best response to gun violence is more guns in the hands of more people.

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Ways of Seeing: Lessons of a father's unknown past

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



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Abi Sessions recently wrote a Ways of Seeing column about her father, who would have turned 100 in February. This got me thinking about my dad, who would have also become a centenarian this month. I share a reflection on his life that seems relevant today.

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Eric Davis: Choosing the right time to step down

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Earlier this month, Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, told his constituents that he would not seek another term in this year’s election. Sharpe, first elected in 2002, currently serves as chair of the House Education Committee.

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Dr. Jack Mayer: Kids lead the way on gun safety

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Dr. Jack Mayer



This week’s writer is Middlebury pediatrician and author Dr. Jack Mayer.

 

It seems as if our kids are the grown-ups in the room when it comes to gun safety, universal background checks, and stronger gun laws in Vermont. This Saturday, March 24, is the March for Our Lives all across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C., in Middlebury, Montpelier, Rutland, all across the U.S. led by our courageous, articulate young people, pleading with us, “Enough is Enough!”

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Victor Nuovo: Diderot's religion: a philosophy of nature

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

By Victor Nuovo

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Letter to the editor: Shooter backs gun regulations

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Jerome B. Robinson



I applaud Gov. Phil Scott’s pursuit of laws that would prevent mass murder in Vermont.

Here are two proposals that would make it impossible for shooters to attain the combination of rapid-fire and larger-than-normal cartridge capacity that makes it possible to fire a continuous fusillade of bullets.

1. Ban all accessories that permit a rifle to be converted to rapid-fire capability.

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Letter to the editor: Wildlife officials ignore majority

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Alana Stevenson



The population of moose has drastically declined in Vermont due to winter ticks, brainworm, lungworm, loss of habitat and hunting. Yet, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board still support a 2018 moose hunt. For too long the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board (solely made up of hunters and trappers with vested self-interests) have catered to hunters and trappers, at the expense of animals, wildlife, homeowners, and non-hunting Vermonters.

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Letter to the editor: Many fail to admit they are backing a leadership lemon

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Alexander Lyall



The Edsel was a harmless ill-conceived car. A few people bought them, insisting their choice made driving great again. Human nature does that. We reach a dumb decision and defend the choice against overwhelming evidence. Otherwise, there’s an admission implied that what we did wasn’t too smart.

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Letter to the editor: The Crook

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Charles Sabukewicz



Not the shepherd’s crook ?

staff and symbol

of the creed of caring,

rod and gatherer

of those who stray

or are lost,

a gentle arm to lead

the tired, the poor,

those yearning to be free

to a better land

and to nudge, urge, and

welcome black, white,

all colors of the rainbow

to join together as one

nation indivisible.

 

Instead, it is the fiery rod

of chaos and division

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