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Editorial: Bernie's delegate math

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders won 128 delegates in the past six states holding either a primary or caucus, compared to 75 delegates for Sen. Hillary Clinton. And that includes Clinton’s much-ballyhooed win of Arizona. Arizona did have the most delegates at stake in the March 22 primary election, but of those 74 delegates, Bernie won 30.

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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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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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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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