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Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator and America’s leading Socialist, has his 50-year goal coming to fruition in Washington D.C. To celebrate his greatest achievement, he is barnstorming the country, promoting the merits of what is euphemistically referred to as the $3.5 Trillion Budget Reconcili…

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For over 20 years, the majority of school districts in Vermont have been denied their fair share of education funds, and their constitutional right to equitable educational opportunity. That’s because the formula the state uses to distribute education funds does not accurately calculate the …

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A year and a half after the onset of the pandemic, Vermont remains in the midst of ongoing recovery efforts. While there is so much uncertainty about the future, one thing we can be sure of is that our state is in a unique position to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.

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Some weeks it is hard to know what to choose as a topic. I had hoped to touch on three issues in this column, but space constraints will only allow me two, so I’ll leave the assault in Texas on the rights of women to have domain over their own bodies for another time. I will say that it prob…

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Ten years ago, I was driving home from attending the North River Blues Festival outside of Boston. When I left that morning around 10:30 a.m., the trees were bending over from the wind. Watching the weather on TV with my friends and producers of the festival, John Hall and Ellie Johnson, it …

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The unfolding human and political tragedy in Afghanistan was, sadly, predictable from the day — February 29, 2020 — that the self-styled Great Deal Maker Donald Trump, bypassing the Afghan government, entered into a sham “peace agreement” with the Taliban, then pressured the Afghan governmen…

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British author J. K. Rowling had a succinct description of our former president. She called him “a tiny, tiny man.” It was a fairly brief, if accurate, opinion of a person who had been handed every opportunity that life could possibly present anyone — and made a holy mess of all of them.

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The storied British passenger liner Lusitania was off the coast of southern Ireland on May 7, 1915. She was destined for Liverpool where the ship was scheduled to dock later that day. It was to have been her 202nd trans-Atlantic crossing. She carried 1,266 passengers and 696 crewmembers.

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A first look at a new decennial census is always enlightening to study, to try to analyze the gains and the losses. This year’s census for Vermont is especially intriguing because of the dramatic increase in the population of the ski-related towns.

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John Klar, who finished a distant second to Gov. Phil Scott in the 2020 Republican primary, brought his traveling roadshow to Bennington County this week, with stops in Bennington and Manchester.

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April 22 was Earth Day, but if you ask many advocates for the environment and climate action, we just closed out Earth Week. This expansive approach to raising awareness about human-caused climate change and how to mitigate it is certainly appropriate, given the stakes.

Letters to the Editor

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To the editor: The latest figures show that the COVID-19 childhood case fatality rate is 0.01 percent, that is, around 520 children have died since the pandemic began.

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