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Greg Dennis: More music for a desert island

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
By Greg Dennis



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Here’s Part 2 of the Desert Island Disc Challenge. It’s drawn from the key question in a long-running BBC Radio show: If you were to be indefinitely stranded on a desert island, what eight pieces of music would you take with you?

Part 1, in a previous column, covered the first four of those eight albums. It required this second treatise because it’s hard to be concise when it comes to music.

Those first four albums were:

•Joni Mitchell, “Blue (runner-up: “Miles of Aisles”)

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Eric Davis: Court cases could help GOP rule

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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In the next two months, the Supreme Court will issue decisions in two cases that have important political implications.

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Victor Nuovo: The constitution — ignore it and perish

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.

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Poet's Corner: This luxury is steeped in mystery

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
By Susan Jefts



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A letter arrived from Wales and I

never opened it. That was my one

luxury, before the cherry blossoms opened

 

in the park. It was the spring I had

a broken heart and a neighbor who played

Greensleeves every night on her violin.

 

I dyed my hair blue, then bluer. I think

of Wales as a country of sailors and shepherds.

My ancestors came from there, long ago, and once

 

I visited: a castle on the edge of the Irish Sea.

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Letter to the editor: Family thankful to first responders

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
By Neil and Terri Metcalf and Raymond and Jarod Bushey



On Feb. 27 our family lost our home from a house fire. Although we face the struggles of putting our lives back together, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community, friends, family, organizations — including the Veterans of Foreign Wars — American Legions, donations from a Go-Fund-Me account, the Addison Central School District, my 4-H community and others.

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Letter to the editor: An 8th grader's take on gun laws

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
By Arianna Graham-Gurland



Two Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-Six days

Of pain ...

Two Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-Six days

To regain hope ...

… Only to be shot down again

And again.

Two Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-Six days

Since the deaths at Sandy Hook,

Since the murder of 26 people

To guns.

But guns

Commanded by people.

 

Four Hundred Thirty-Eight days

To grieve,

Four Hundred Thirty-Eight days

To suffer,

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Guest editorial: Gov. Scott's family leave plan works

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By Michael Pieciak



There is growing consensus that paid family and medical leave (FML) is a valuable program that benefits individuals, families, and businesses alike. Generally, paid FML provides an individual with income replacement while away from work to bond with a new child, recover from a serious medical condition, or care for a sick relative.

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Opinion: Old home gets new lease on life

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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She is a native Vermonter with roots going back to Samuel de Champlain in 1609. This 68-year-old artist is a 7th generation Vermonter who bought an abandoned house in 1974 to make it her home.

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Letter to the editor: A waiting period for firearm sales could save lives

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By Alyssa Black



Day 137. As I write this it’s been 137 days since my 23-year-old son, Andrew Black, walked into a gun store, bought a handgun, drove home and within hours shot himself. On day number three we wrote an obituary, suggesting a way to honor Andrew would be to call your local Representative asking for a brief waiting period for gun purchases. It is heartening to see that such a bill is moving forward at the Statehouse.

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