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Editorial: Farm Bill passage lauded; inequitable loophole exposed

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont’s congressional delegation lined up in support of a compromise $867 billion Farm Bill passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House and Senate earlier this week. The House approved the bill 386-47; the Senate approved it 87-13. The strong bipartisan support, analysts said, was spurred in part by pressure from farmers battered by President Trump’s trade war with China.

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Guest editorial: 44 former Senators say rule of law is at risk

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Former U.S. Senators



On December 10, 2018, 44 former U.S. Senators from both major political parties wrote a joint letter of concern that they submitted to the current U.S. Senate. The letter expresses their concern that the current administration and Congress that the rule of law is at risk. It is published below.

Dear Senate colleagues,

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Opinion: Nixon gives Trump an exit strategy

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Stephen C. Terry



How does Donald Trump avoid a criminal conviction and possible prison time when he is no longer President?

There are two possible paths for him to follow. He could hope he is re-elected in 2020 and the statute of limitations on what appears to be his crime will have run its course by 2022.

The crime, as outlined in a sentencing memo from federal prosecutors in the Michael Cohen case, is an election violation as candidate Trump ordered Cohen to make hush money payments to two women in order to conceal Trump’s extra marital affairs before the 2016 election.

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Ways of Seeing by Barbara Clearbridge: Little acts can make big changes

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Barbara Clearbridge



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Lately a lot of people have been talking about feeling despair. They say that our society’s problems are so big that nothing one does can help. They feel powerless and hopeless. 

Before I offer an idea, I want to share this quote: “In these turbulent days of uncertainty the evils of war and of economic and racial injustice threaten the very survival of the human race. Indeed, we live in a day of grave crisis.” This was said by Martin Luther King Jr. in the preface to his book “Strength To Love” in 1959. 

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Eric Davis: Democratic 2020 race heating up

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Many potential Democratic presidential candidates will spend the last few weeks of this year consulting with colleagues, supporters and family members as they decide whether to announce, in January or soon thereafter, that they will seek their party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

The first delegate selection events of 2020 will take place roughly 14 months from now, with the Iowa caucuses planned for Feb. 3 and the New Hampshire primary tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11.

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Letter to the editor: Time to see the worth in us all

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Paul A. Stone and Frances L. Stone



Unitarian Universalist congregants make an effort to follow seven Principals basic to our beliefs and practices. The first is, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” If we can follow this seemingly simple belief, we would remove from our lives prejudice, bias, racism, hate, homophobia, and other isims that may be preventing us from practicing the teachings of Jesus, to love one another, forgiveness, not being judgmental, among others. 

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