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Like most Vermonters, back in January when the governor asked us to get vaccinated, I took his request seriously and signed up for my first shot using the state’s website. By the end of February, I was fully vaccinated.

Back in 1894 the modern urban world was mired in the Great Horse Manure Crisis. One authority predicted that if trends continued unabated, in 50 years every street in London would be buried under 9 feet of equestrian dung. Fortunately, many unforeseen developments intervened between Grover Cleveland’s second term and D-Day.

She is 16 years old and pregnant. Still in school and devoid of job skills, she would not qualify to adopt a child, yet she could be forced to carry the fetus to term.

Since its inception, American democracy has undergone continual transformation. Over the last 245 years many activists and advocates have fought tirelessly to expand the franchise that our democratic ideals depend on: the right to vote.

Lawmakers recently passed a bill that begins the process for a major expansion of state-subsidized child care for children from birth to 5 years old that will be rolled out over the next few years.

The Vermont State College System has embraced a revolutionary, systemwide transformation so we can continue serving our students, the economy and the communities that host our vibrant rural campuses.

There are two things I’ve forgotten over the years. The first is that potato beetles will overwinter happily under pine mulch. The second is how much I truly detest picking hundreds of the things off my plants.

Like science, history is an ever-emerging narrative based on curiosity, exploration, discovery, debate and interpretation. But like science (and journalism), it must be informed by fact.

What are they so afraid of, anyway? All that critical race theory — which seems to terrify those who organized a recent rally at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland — does is bring things we’ve tried to hide from ourselves into the open.

Contact your local House Representatives and Senators.

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