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To the Editor: In Don Keelans’ commentary ("Except for a few, we are all flatlanders," April 24), regarding the words “flatlander” and “native.” Apparently, he refuses to acknowledge the fact both terms are not only accurate but also necessary to identify specific characteristics. I’ll explain.

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To the Editor: As our brown and yellowed lawns are emerging from under multiple feet of snow, we see the robins flocking to get those early worms.

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To the Editor: As a counter to the Journal's Red Mountain article and the picture from the end of Wilcox Road (that is not representative of the trail) I offer the following comments to balance the record:

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To the Editor: While walking in the morning along the section of the Manchester Rail Trail that runs from Riley Rink to Pig Pen Road you can be amazed by the views.

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To the Editor: I write to you today in support of the Manchester Business Association and Article 6 in the town of Manchester's warned articles.

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To the Editor: I grew up in a small village, in more innocent times, and had the good fortune to be able to explore the countryside and develop a bond, I should say a love affair, with nature our Mother Earth. I talked to the trees and they talked to me. I was free to play outdoors with my f…

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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.

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Quickly mass-producing and widely distributing a vaccine that’s effective against a novel viral pandemic is a herculean task that, fortunately, the U.S. has largely accomplished. While we’ve overcome many of the practical hurdles, we still face an intangible obstacle that continues to trip u…

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When he takes the oath of office today, Joseph R. Biden will become the 46th president of the United States of America. President Biden entered the race for the White House endeavoring to restore the “soul” of America, and he now has his work cut out for him.

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Periodically, it seems, concerned citizens of Vermont gather to revive the idea of creating an inspiring Vision for the state’s future. Last month the largely federally-funded Vermont Council on Rural Development released the draft of its “Vermont Proposition.” It draws on the ideas, they cl…

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What an extraordinary legislative session 2021 has been. It was historic — the first Vermont legislative session to be conducted completely remotely during an international pandemic. And, despite those challenges, we were incredibly productive — managing to accomplish a great deal to improve…

The good news is that H.157 did not make it over the finish line last month before the Vermont General Assembly had adjourned. The bill, which passed the House, would have required construction contractors who work on residential projects over $2,500 to register with the State of Vermont’s O…

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The political reality of our times is that the Republican Party has gone rogue. It is no longer an honorable opponent of the Democratic Party, one which respects the Constitution, and plays by the ethical norms of a democratic society. Instead, it has become an incipient fascist outlier. Bec…

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June is Pride Month and 2021 marks the 51st celebration — a time when people come together in support of the LGBTQ community. June also marks the official opening of most Vermont State Parks and end of mud season restrictions on hiking trails throughout the state.

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