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The last week in March, the Appropriations Committee presented H. 542, its proposed FY2020 budget, to the full House. It took about two and a half hours. It passed both second and third readings with only one vote in the negative. Judging fro…

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The legislature passed three laws last year to address gun violence. Act 92 enables law enforcement to temporarily remove firearms from the scene of a domestic violence incident. Act 97, a “red-flag law,” allows a judge to order someone who p…

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Dog bites post a serious health risk to people, communities, and society as a whole. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 800,000 people receive medical care for dog bites and over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each …

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Twenty years from now, I’ll be in sight of the average life expectancy for Americans. That’s a daunting thought, especially when I review the last 20 years which have flown on many levels. There were days that felt interminable, but years wri…

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National Volunteer Week is April 7-13. As the volunteer coordinator for Bayada Hospice, I would like to publicly thank our volunteers who provide companionship and support to our patients and their families in private homes and residential fa…

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Your story about soon-to-be-released sex offender Gregory Gabert (March 28 issue) is an example of what should happen when police and justice agencies work together and are transparent in their actions. Nevertheless, and not long ago, a local…

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The creation of a universal Paid Family Medical Leave system in Vermont would give security to workers who require time off to recover from an illness or welcome a new child and to businesses who rely on qualified and experienced employees. T…

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We experience change throughout our whole lives. However, some of the changes we experience as we enter our later years are unique and can be more challenging than the changes we experience when we are younger. On the other hand, many older a…

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We are now mid-way through the legislative session. The crossover deadline for passing bills, including budgets, out of committees and on the full floor of the House, was last week.

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One of the roles of the school board is to advocate for legislative change that supports public education. To that end, in December 2018, the board sent a memo to the House and Senate members who represent South Burlington, setting forth the …

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The other day, while dressing for work, I was in my closet deciding what to wear. While sporting only leggings, a disastrous look of epic proportions, I selected this lovely thin-knit sweater, so new you could almost see the sales-tag swingin…

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I took my three-mile walk around the block in South Burlington today. Empty handed, I looked forward to a brisk walk. But with the snow cover gone, I discovered a plethora of trash, primarily plastic in nature. So I started collecting. Unfort…

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The vast majority (around 90 percent) of abortions are simply abortions for convenience (CDC statistics from 2015). Genocide dehumanizes a particular class of humans thus making that non-human-entity eligible for extermination, abortion on de…

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