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Opinion: School governance unification is very democratic

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Hannah Sessions



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Opinion: Governor's treatment of protester was condescending

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Mary Martin



Climate leader or liar, protester or protector? The public can decide which is more accurate.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has done it again. It’s bad enough when he does it in our state but he did it in Paris. He dismissed a protester, Aly Johnson-Kurts, with a verbal pat on her fanny. “OK, thank you. You’re beautiful. You’re eloquent. … Why don’t you run along back to Smith (referring to Smith College)?”

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Opinion: Many deserve thanks for helping animals in need

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Jessica Danyow



The season of giving has made me reflect on the many ways that our communityhas supported Homeward Bound over the year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the people who have helped turn life around for the homeless and neglected animals that come to our shelter.

Thank you to volunteers who have given countless hours providing one-on-oneTLC with the dogs, cats, rabbits and other residents of Homeward Bound. You have given them hope.

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Opinion: 'Twas the Night After Christmas

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



’Twas the Night After Christmas

’Twas the night after Christmas and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse.

Piles of debris and throw-away toys

Is all that remained from the wee girls and boys.

Children was nestled all snug in their beds

With cell phones and new apps tucked under their head.

Sacred icons once shaped with our hands

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Opinion: Court's leniency caused harm

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Cathy Degraw



My 17-year-old son was assaulted by Chad Levasseur in Vergennes in 2013. Levasseur was looking at a maximum sentence for assault of up to 15 years behind bars. Levasseur was charged with a felony, and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Yes, you read it right. Way to go.

While out and on probation, Levasseur assaulted another person, and was charged with a second felony. He was recently sentenced. Levasseur is now going to serve 6-18 months in jail, minus his time served. Too bad someone else had to get hurt. 

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Opinion: Recovery from opiate addiction requires support

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By Bob Donnis



In reference to the article “State launches treatment program for opiate addicts” in the Dec. 3 edition of the Independent:

I wholeheartedly applaud the treatment of incarcerated people (and all people) suffering from the disease of addiction. This an outstanding program for many reasons. In my view, the chief benefit is that this treatment gives people the ability to recover their lives and become solid citizens of Vermont.

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Opinion: U.S. must work with its adversaries to counter ISIS

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



The president understands that the United States cannot commit to ground wars and decades more of occupying foreign lands. It will lead to further insurgencies and draining military commitments. But on Sunday night he did not outline an alternative to counter the threat posed by ISIS and similar groups.

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Opinion: Shumlin's support of natural gas pipeline criticized

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By Jane Palmer



I applaud the bravery of Aly Johnson-Kurts and others who interruptedGov. Shumlin in Paris Wednesday.

I am one of many who have tried to getthe point across to Shumlin and state regulators that this pipeline project is a bad idea. For three years, my husband and I have participated in the 248 approval process before the Public Service Board.

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Opinion: Switching to whole-food, plant-based diet is wise

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By Pat Davies



It was with great interest that I read Greg Dennis’ column in the Dec. 3 issue, “How to talk about climate change?” with most of which I agreed. But after a second and third reading to make sure I did not miss anything, I was quite amazed. Did he forget or purposely omit for political or economic reasons what many scientists think is one of the most important causes of our climate change: our SAD diet (Standard American Diet), which includes so much meat of all kinds and all types of dairy products?

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Opinion: Global warming rooted in people

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By David Van Vleck



Many political discussions are occurring in Paris and elsewhere regarding how to minimize climate change or global warming. The main goal is to decrease the production of carbon dioxide by using less coal, gas and oil. As we all know, humans use these energy sources in almost every aspect of our daily lives.

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