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December 18, 2018

Time to shred the naughty or nice list

By Melissa Martin

Santa Claus (a.k.a, St. Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply Santa) is a Christmas figure celebrated for flying around the globe on Dec. 25 to give gifts to children. And the holly-jolly guy carries around a list…

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December 18, 2018

Farm Bill passage lauded; inequitable loophole exposed

By Angelo Lynn

Vermont’s congressional delegation lined up in support of a compromise $867 billion Farm Bill passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House and Senate earlier this week. The House approved the bill 386-47; the Senate approved it 87-13. The strong…

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December 18, 2018

Urban sprawl is killing the American dream in Vermont

By Euphemia Anderson

Vermont is known for its picturesque pastures, endless seas of white pines, and its historically tight-knit communities. Being the sixth smallest state in the country geographically, with the second smallest population, it has maintained its open spaces without infringement for…

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December 11, 2018

These holiday items are hazardous for your pets

By Erin Forbes

The holiday season has arrived and brings not only celebrations, presents, and decorations but also concerns for pet safety. There are many dangers to be aware of as you begin to celebrate this year. These includes specific types of plants,…

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November 21, 2018

Reflections on the campaign of an unlikely candidate

By Cameron Russell

I met Christine Hallquist for the first time on Feb. 10, 2018, just over nine months ago. I grew up in Vermont, graduated from UVM, and left the state for a while after college. After returning home, I was involved with political…

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November 21, 2018

Revising ‘ the Dream ’

By Angelo Lynn

A generation or so ago, the American Dream was writ large in our cultural DNA. Symbolically, the dream came to mean owning an adequate house, having a family, a car and a job to pay for it all. In the 1950s-60s-70s, that…

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November 9, 2018

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

By Darius Seidle and Mark Jacobs

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The biggest cause of lung cancer is smoking, followed by radon and radiation exposure, and environmental pollution.

Usually the symptoms of lung cancer don’t appear until…

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November 9, 2018

Will bond downgrade spark pension reform?

By Rob Roper

On Oct. 23, Moody’s, the investors’ credit service, downgraded Vermont’s bond rating from AAA to Aa1. This has significant implications for the state’s ability to borrow money and the cost of doing so. The reasons Moody’s cited for the downgrade were “low…

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October 17, 2018

A backcountry opportunity

By Angelo Lynn

The new backcountry hut recently built at Chittenden Brook campground on the east side of Brandon Gap is more than a story about a few hikers and backcountry skiers wanting a comfortable shelter in which to camp. It’s a story about a…

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August 29, 2018

Will Trump drown in the swamp he created?

By Angelo Lynn

Not since President Richard Nixon has the United States faces the prospect of indicting a sitting president, and not since Nixon has a sitting president been implicated in a felony crime.

In Trump’s case, this first felony allegation relates to failing to…