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Trump exhorted his followers in the crowd at his rally on January 6, 2021 to march to the U.S. Capitol and express their anger with the election. His Anarchists rioted and broke into the Capitol injuring police officers and damaging property. An element of Trump's followers are similar in id…

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The past year and month of January 2021 have proven to be just a sad continuance of what our country and Americans have had to suffer through with COVID-19 and the President and GOP followers' political actions.
Americans want so badly to move on with their lives and feel safe and secure aga…

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 Two theories about the recent election have emerged.  Either the Democrats tried to make the vote counts close distributed over a wide area so as to lessen the likelihood of being detected or they are actually at the peak of their vote-manufacturing capacity.  If it were the latter, Conserv…

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It is easy to believe that people who adopt conspiracy theories and embrace the rampant lies of this president must somehow be far away, in another part of the country. So innocent - and I have to recognize that often is my perception, or should I say delusion. When will I learn? I keep bein…

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  After five years as a St. Albans Town school board member for the Maple Run Unified School District, I have decided not to seek a third term. I am writing today to encourage others in our community to consider running for this open position, and to get their name on the ballot for Town Mee…

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While I am not in DC nor on the Hill, I am shocked by what I saw with the President inciting a riot and insurrection against the overly transfer of power(a coup). It is an assault on democracy and a violent siege

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“The way [Trump] sees it is: Why should I ever let this go?… How would that benefit me?” reported someone who The Daily Beast says has spoken to Trump at length about the subject. The subject is the baseless claim that massive fraud of unbelievable scope robbed him of reelection.
It has been…

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Franklin County has lost one of its most vibrant citizens in the untimely passing of Mike Cain. And in his death, students have lost one of a special breed of educators who enjoyed the ability to connect with most all of them. In a career that spanned several decades, Mike never lost his pas…

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 Thankfully, 2021 is here, and with it comes the start of a new legislative biennium. While we will be gathering virtually via Zoom rather than at the Statehouse this week, the work that state government needs to do to help families and businesses is real and urgent. In many ways we’ll conti…

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Even in the midst of a pandemic, which was spread by Trump politicizing wearing masks; and even under a massive cyber security attack by Russia; President Trump continues to try to overturn the election. In a recent White House meeting Trump asked for input about former National Security Adv…

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As one of the longest and most challenging years of our lives draws to a close - with the promise of a vaccine offset by the gravity of staggering infection rates and devastating loss of loved ones - I would like to take a moment to reflect on the amazing resilience of our Red Cross partners.

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We appreciate the challenge of governing during a global pandemic. Instead of meeting with colleagues and constituents, we now rely on video chat, texts, emails, and phone calls. We are in an extraordinary time, where safety requires us to maintain physical distance from one another. We beli…

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 I have to let loose a big horse-laugh when friends and acquaintances express moral indignation at Trump’s chutzpah in pardoning members of his criminal gang.  Hey, at least he deserves credit for transparency and flagrant mindlessness.  So, in a perverse way I have to give "The Donald" some…

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I have to let loose a big horse-laugh when friends and acquaintances express moral indignation at Trump’s chutzpah in pardoning members of his criminal gang. Hey, at least he deserves credit for transparency and flagrant mindlessness. So, in a perverse way I have to give “The Donald” some cr…

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I have to let loose a big horse-laugh when friends and acquaintances express moral indignation at Trump’s chutzpah in pardoning members of his criminal gang.  Hey, at least he deserves credit for transparency and flagrant mindlessness.  So, in a perverse way I have to give "The Donald" some …

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All of America is looking forward to a vaccine for the Coronavirus and a return to a semblance of a normal life as we knew it. The toll, both human, economic, social and psychological, has been considerable. However many of us who have been working from home since March of 2020 or so are beg…

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 Vermont tax dollars may soon be going to faith-based elementary and secondary schools, if a case filed last week in Federal district court succeeds. The case is styled Valente v. French. The lead plaintiffs are Mt. Holly parents who send their son to the Roman Catholic Mt. St. Joseph Academ…

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 to the final month.

We have seen political turmoil, the pandemic of the century, an 
an election that was filled with so much truth and unjustifiable 
lies to an ending of hope in our future.

We saw heroes in every sector of our health care organizations. 
We had heroes in every sector of…

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Let’s keep clear heads about this ‘increase’ in the property tax.  Will the property tax really increase nine cents?

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This is in response or addition to the recent letter to the editor entitled “Of course there was big voter fraud going on.”  Yes, there is too much coincidence with what occurred favoring a Presidential election win to former Vice President Joe Biden.  Any observer of election results would …

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On Thursday, legislators returned to Zoom for a fiscal briefing from the state economist and budget experts from the Joint Fiscal Office. Earlier this week, the Department of Taxes sent out the annual letter describing a projected increase in property tax rates for next year. The 9% projecte…

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The Maple Run Unified School District is presently soliciting candidates interested in participating in a study committee to examine the role of School Resource Officers within our district. Those wishing to be considered can apply by going to the MRUSD website and filling out an application…

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With a projected Fiscal Year 2022 budget shortfall of over $40 million, the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) is struggling to stay afloat. The most obvious solution to this crisis? Dramatically increase state support for higher education (nationally, Vermont ranks near the bottom in this…

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In his recent misinformed commentary about the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB), former State Representative Paul Dame makes this statement: “While fewer and fewer people are comfortable with putting their family members into nursing homes, the Green Mountain Care Board has intentionally pro…

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I am appalled that Governor Phil Scott would even consider directing schools to ask children if they joined other households for Thanksgiving. Governor Scott is not asking parents, he is asking children to incriminate their families. He is placing the burden of the parents’ decision on the c…

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In his commentary “Green Mountain Care Board fails to ‘do no harm’” (Messenger, November 22, 2020), Paul Dame contends that the Green Mountain Care Board should be disbanded in 2021, and disparagingly refers to "Gov. Shumlin’s experimental Single Payer Health Care system.”  

For the record,…

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Received a email, from a highly respected clergymen, who is asking the same question that I am concerned about. The above title is his words not mine. The question about November 3nd, election. Can anyone tell me why around 10:00 PM on that night, a number of states, stopped counting. They w…

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Soon we will be seeing the start of a new legislative session. Let’s take a quick peek at where we are and what fiscal issues the incoming legislators will be facing.  

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 Dear readers,
How are you holding up? 24/7 cabin fever is nobody’s idea of fun, but knowing we are in this together, makes it much more bearable. Every day, we are thankful for our beloved extended family, friends, puppies, chickens, health, a warm house, adequate retirement, fresh local fo…

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I’m writing this letter to inform people of some of the real facts surrounding abortion.  I am pro-life myself, but please hear me out.  I will share some of the facts and arguments that are presented for this issue.  My intention and soul purpose of this letter is to unveil the truth and su…

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Two monumental dates are upon us: The 2020 presidential election and the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address; these thoughts came to mind.
The great Abraham Lincoln set to writing the Gettysburg Address, and delivered those words on Nov. 19, 1863. I have added to, and altered Mr. Lincoln’s…

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Trump uses propaganda disinformation against our democratic institutions. He attacks our court systems, the FBI, intelligence agencies, Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in our election, the Ukraine episode, the Justice Department, news media, and our military. Trump refers to jour…

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I want to thank the Georgia residents for re-electing me to a third term as your State Representative. It is an honor to represent you again in Montpelier. We have many challenges ahead and I look forward to working with Governor Scott to help get Vermont back on track.

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  No, It’s Not Democrats Who Threaten Social Security and Medicare
A C-SPAN caller voiced her fear that Democrats would get rid of Medicare and Social Security. An article about black men who support Trump mentioned concerns that Biden would cut Medicare and Social Security. I’ve heard the s…

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I want to start by thanking all of you for the overwhelming trust you placed in Sen. Brock and myself to continue serving you in the Vermont State Senate for the next two years. It is clear as each day goes on that our main task for at least the next year will be to confront COVID-19, protec…

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In a recent article in VTDigger, the question was posed: “What happens if OneCare fails”? I would submit that this is the wrong question. The real question is: “What needs to be done to ensure the success of health care reform in Vermont?”  


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David Attenborough’s nature documentaries have long celebrated the beauty, diversity, and richness of life on Planet Earth. In his most recent documentary, “A Life on Our Planet,” Attenborough takes a different approach in laying bare the dual crises facing the planet: climate change and bio…