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I was listening to a press conference where a Russian spokesman was serving up improbable hypotheticals and transparent lies to prove that Vladimir Putin didn’t poison his most recently poisoned political opponent. It was as if I’d been transported back to my Cold War youth and the Pravda bu…

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Vermont closed down two weeks before Easter, four weeks before the scheduled last day of skiing, nine weeks before Memorial Day, and this, the week of Labor Day, marks 25 weeks of caution and COVID.

In 2015, David Bain was forced out of teaching after a 26-year career. He believed it was the result of his vocal opposition to the school’s administration, and he approached me to represent him in a case against Lamoille South school district Superintendent Tracy Wrend.

As a healthcare provider in this community, I am writing to dispel some myths that may have been inferred from previous letters to the editor. The opinions in this letter are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Northern Counties Healthcare/Hardwick Area Health Center.

After years of false starts, Vermont is finally poised to truly legalize and regulate cannabis; both the House and Senate have passed a regulation bill (S.54) by overwhelming margins and, after months of foot-dragging, a conference committee has begun meeting to iron out the differences betw…

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If you ask most parents why they encouraged their children to become involved in youth sports, their response, generally, is not “so they are positioned to earn an athletic scholarship to college and then go pro.” For the kids whose parents do give that answer, you have my sincere sympathies…

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In Vermont we work, coach kids and share backyards with Vermont Guardsmen and women. They are our neighbors and friends. Before 9/11, service was meaningful but not dramatic. After 9/11, that changed. The mission to serve Vermont and stand ready to serve America grew suddenly poignant, and w…

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I’m hearing it from Vermonters every day, and with increasing urgency. From Bennington to South Newfane, and from South Burlington to Newport to West Dover: People from all walks of life are rightly concerned about the threats to the mail service that we used to take for granted — the best m…

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A year ago the California Public Utilities Commission warned that the state could face an energy shortage on hot summer evenings as early as 2021. Its projection was off by a year. On Aug. 14 some 200 to 250 thousand California residents experienced rolling blackouts.

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It’s almost Labor Day again. Ordinarily, teachers have received their welcome-back-to-school letters, in which principals dutifully gush about how innovative the coming year is going to be thanks to the cutting-edge canned program the district leadership team purchased over the summer withou…

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Vermont, like the rest of the country, is experiencing unusual and challenging times as we try to contain COVID-19. People must focus on staying safe, or getting well; on having children home — and worrying about whether it is safe for them to start school in a few weeks.

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As a student who has an interest in environmental justice, I wanted to learn more about beaver management in Vermont, given that they are a keystone species that are crucial to the health of many types of wildlife. After viewing a June 2020 beaver webinar presented by Vermont Fish & Wild…

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