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An act of mercy: “Let them eat cake!” Health care. part I
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March 22, 2017

An act of mercy: “Let them eat cake!” Health care. part I

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I was outraged to hear Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz comment that low-income Americans could sacrifice their new iPhone for health care instead. I wondered how he could be so blind to the struggle of America’s poor to pay food and…

“Beaver duck”: the adaptable hooded merganser
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March 22, 2017

“Beaver duck”: the adaptable hooded merganser

By Michael J. Caduto

Imagine ten nearly round white eggs snug in a hollow tree, lined with soft feathers plucked from the mother’s breast. The hen carefully tends the 2-inch eggs for about a month until the chicks hatch. Prompted by their mother’s call, downy…

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March 22, 2017

Beware of schemes during tax season

By Kevin Theissen

It’s tax season! Every year, around this time, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes its dirty dozen—a list of scams criminals use to try and ferret out personal information and/or steal money. For example, if you received an email from a top…

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March 22, 2017

“Shall never see a poem lovely as a tree”

Winter landscapes will never stop being kind of magical to me, no matter how joylessly and cynically grownup I become: the endless unstained carpet of a fresh snowfall, the sculptural perfection of an icicle, the fierce sting of the cold itself. The dreamlike beauty of…

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March 22, 2017

Feeding the Joneses

By Dom Cioffi

At the end of last summer, just as the school year was beginning, I executed my son’s Xbox. I had been warning him for weeks that this scenario might unfold if he didn’t show some restraint with his burgeoning gaming addiction. But…

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March 22, 2017

Rockin’ the region with Bloomer

Bloomer returns to Killington this weekend and you can see his duo with Stuart Slocum Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m. at Outback Pizza. Bloomer also will be playing solo at The Foundry Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Bloomer plays acoustic guitar and Slocum plays drums…

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March 16, 2017

Finding the zone

By Dom Cioffi

I’m at a bit of a crossroads with my son. He’s on the verge of turning into a teenager and with that transition he’s displaying many of the negative traits associated with the age. Lately he’s been on this kick where he…

Beginning to connect the dots of the new regime
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March 8, 2017

Beginning to connect the dots of the new regime

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Capitalism, social democracy, free society, our Constitution. Immigration, cheap labor, scapegoats, enemy. I’m beginning to connect the dots and decipher the meaning of what’s happening in spite of the daily chaos and diversionary tactics of the new regime. This isn’t your everyday connect-the-dots…

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March 8, 2017

Are you thinking about starting a business?

By Kevin Theissen

While many of us have thought about starting our own businesses, not all of us actually do. Why not make 2017 the year you take the dream out of your head and put it into practice? Yes, you will hear many reasons not…