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When I went off to college, “colored people” was considered a disrespectful term. Two generations later it took me by surprise the first time I heard “people of color” spoken by a person of color as a term of respect.

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Summer is synonymous with creemees, and well-timed ones at that: June is not only the beginning of summer, it is also National Dairy Month.

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I bought an American flag at the local supermarket for Flag Day, June 14. The price stunned me. I would’ve been glad to pay much more than $1.95. Never have I felt so sad to pay so little for something so valuable. Such devaluation at such a cost in these days of patriotic idolatry.

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Northern Vermont University (NVU) is a critical institution for the northern Vermont economy and to the lives of many Vermonters statewide. It is no secret that NVU has had many struggles over recent years, like many other higher education institutions, including changing demographics, lack …


The demand for local news has never been greater, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., acknowledged to newspaper publishers at the start of a June 4 Zoom call organized by the Vermont Press Association.

A statement by Lucy Rogers, a Democrat from Waterville, seeking re-election to the Vermont House seat that also represents Cambridge:

I am a white woman. What right do I have to weigh in on Black Lives Matter?

These are the two thoughts that have kept my mouth shut, my grief silent and my outrage worthless.

Like many Vermonters, I’ve been watching with pain and empathy the protests unfolding in countless cities and towns across the country.

My father is turning 95 next week. Born in 1925, he lived through the Great Depression and when World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Army Air Force.

Vermont’s debate about how to fund its state college system would benefit from a comprehensive look at the big picture. Start with Vermont’s own globally recognized philosopher of education, John Dewey: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

A Minneapolis police officer took a knee for eight minutes forty-six seconds and killed a man, making that a standard unit of time for silent protest.

I’m hearing the term “comfort food” more often these days. Understandably so. We all could use some comfort right now and, hey, why not food?

There were 500 people in Warren when I grew up. Little white two-room schoolhouse, a few grades downstairs and a few up. We built forts with hay bales during recess. We skied and rode snow machines, rode bikes and horses, played baseball, swam and fished in cold streams, had the best Fourth …

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