This year, we have much to be thankful for, though we know at least 406 families did not have a loved one at the Thanksgiving table due to a pandemic-related death.

Sen. Patrick Leahy’s retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2022 and Congressman Welch’s decision to run for his seat bring the opportunity for Vermonters to elect a woman to represent us in Congress for the first time.

I was thinking that if the guest perspective by Walt Amses was written in 2018 it could easily have been the reverse: “Republicans try to govern while Democrats wage culture war.”

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The last edition of our newspapers did not make it to newsstands or mailboxes last week on time due to a series of failures at our printer, with whom we contract to print all five weekly newspapers under the ownership of the Vermont Community Newspaper Group.

With the passage last week of the infrastructure phase of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, Democrats arguably did more to benefit Americans in a single massive investment than the GOP has done in the last 30 years.

Congress has now passed the infrastructure bill and set a course to advance the Build Back Better agenda this coming week.

I have always been confused by Thanksgiving. It turns out, it’s a rather simple concept, albeit backwards. The giving of thanks. Upon reflection, I’ve come to realize why that simplicity has taken so long to prevail.

In these first months of my tenure, we’ve had several equity issues come to light that are very concerning. Upon personal reflection and through conversations with those folks directly affected, I understand that these concerns could have been addressed in a more thoughtful and collegial manner.

Poor Elijah was browsing through his school’s nonfiction shelves when a fourth grader asked for help finding books about World War III. Poor Elijah politely informed him we hadn’t fought Number Three yet.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, marks the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, when Nazis and Nazi sympathizers raided synagogues, Jewish homes and Jewish businesses throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.

Thank you to the Shelburne News for the article on the temperance and Prohibition talk given by Susan Evans McClure. It was a fascinating talk.

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