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Community Forum: FDA should limit spread of drugs

Posted on September 28, 2015 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



A year and a half ago, I stood up before Vermonters and devoted my State of the State address to speaking about the opiate and heroin crisis affecting our state. Despite our best efforts since, this is not a battle we are winning. Now the Food and Drug Administration is recklessly making the problem worse with its decision to approve OxyContin for use by children as young as 11 years old.

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Opinion: Thanks for the roadside assistance

Posted on September 28, 2015 |
By Stephanie C. Victoria



I’m writing to thank all the people who stopped to help me when my car went off the road in Monkton on Sept. 10.

Unfortunately, I was so disoriented immediately following the accident that I may not recognize those who stopped to help if I see you again. Please know I’m very appreciative.

Kate Armstrong of the Vermont State Police was a standout in the execution of her duties. Many thanks.

Stephanie C. Victoria

Monkton

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Opinion: Nuovo on Plato a welcome read

Posted on September 28, 2015 |
By Ray Hudson



Photographs that teach me to see the world in new ways, poems that delve into places I’ve rarely gone, sports writing that electrifies and informs me, and now essays on “The Republic” by Victor Nuovo — what an amazing newspaper. I love it.

Ray Hudson

Middlebury

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Opinion: Carol's news bittersweet; essence is in Middlebury

Posted on September 28, 2015 |
By Ian Ross



Hearing that John Melanson is expanding on his business is very pleasing to me. I can remember when John and Carol were in our house discussing potential plans for their business, and they were dreaming big. Hopes included having a shop in downtown Middlebury and eventually opening a shop north or south of town where commuters could get their caffeine fix quick. Sound familiar? I know all this because Carol was my mother and I was living at home while attending college.

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Victor Nuovo: Socrates preached self examination

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Socrates was not handsome. He was short, stocky, thick limbed, bow-legged, and large headed. He had a snub nose and protruding eyes, which served him well. His detractors called him a busybody, a buttonholer. He had the ability in extraordinary measure to engage people in conversation, fixing them in the intense glance of his bulging eyes, and to cause them to admit things about themselves that they did not care to acknowledge. And this is how he spent his time.

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Editorial: It's critical to do due diligence on legalizing pot

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell made news recently by speculating that the Green Mountain State would legalize marijuana in the upcoming legislative session. He made the comment a week ago at an annual office retreat during which he briefs his staff on legal and policy issues they might face in the coming year.

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Editorial: A stark contrast to GOP

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In watching the second GOP presidential debate last week, it’s important to note that this is a media-driven primary debate sponsored and hosted mostly by Fox News. The format does not follow the presidential debates. In short, the format is driven by and for television ratings and the dollars that produces.

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Jessie Raymond: Fall temps trigger a cooking frenzy

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Nothing makes me smile quite like the first cool morning of fall. And boy, did fall come suddenly this year.

I was asleep when it happened, but the National Weather Service reports that the seasons unofficially changed at 2:48 a.m. on Sunday morning. With a whoosh, out went swimming holes and sunburns, and in came football and infinity scarves.

Hallelujah.

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Opinion: Oct. 1 forum to deal with opiods

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Jay Merluzzi



Opioid use disorder is a chronic illness which like many other chronic diseases requires long-term management to ensure recovery. What is this care? What does it look like? How is it being administered? Are you in long-term recovery? Do you know someone in long-term recovery?

Brandon Cares is offering an open forum on Long Term Recovery from opiate use. The opiate problem in our communities affects us all. Come and listen and ask questions. Learn what is being done and what we all can do.

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Opinion: Sanders' views are now mainstreamn

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Randy Kritkausky



Your recent (Sept. 7, 2015) editorial on the cost of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ various proposals for universal health care and other social safety net programs raised only part of a critical question facing our society. At the bottom of the debate about the affordability of these proposals are Mr. Sanders’ concerns about economic inequality.

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