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As a little girl, I fondly remember watching my dad open scores of charitable solicitations, some containing gifts of greeting cards or address labels, others with a simple request to help their cause. This giving season, I am now the one who…

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What kind of facilities do we need to meet the community’s goals for educating our children both now and decades into the future? South Burlington has been wrestling with this question for several years. Over the past few months, faculty, adm…

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With the holidays fast upon us, it can be easy to get caught up in the festivities. However, it is important to remember that there are variety of dangers facing our pets. From food to parties to decorations, there are many holiday hazards fo…

In Musing

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For years, I blamed the wise men. I thought they were the ones responsible for this holiday gift giving racket where shopping becomes the reason for the season. I scoffed at the precedent the three set. Apparently, it wasn’t good enough to tr…

Legislative Update

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When legislators return to Montpelier in January, we will be greeted by the newly-installed statue of the Goddess of Agriculture, Ceres, replacing the version that had stood atop the Capital Dome for 80 years. The Capital Dome itself has been…

Realistic Optimist

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Have you ever thought of those moments when a small kindness has just lifted your spirits and brought a smile to your face? Don’t laugh, but when a considerate driver avoids blocking off the street I’m trying to make a left hand turn into, I’…

Help is Here

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How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s okay to drive impaired, as long as you’re not too impaired.” When it comes to mixing alcohol - or drugs - and driving, this message has been implied and reinforced for generations.

Positive Parenting

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In an era that focuses on attitudes of self-entitlement, selfies, social media, and egocentrism, this month is about how to teach our youngest citizens to live with an attitude of gratitude all year round.

Wellness Works

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Do you ever wish you can press reset on something, like hitting “control/alt/delete” on your computer to refresh something that’s gotten tangled? I do, and we’re about to come upon one of the most natural times of year to consider where to pr…

Read through The Other Paper's Letters Archives, from January 9, 2015, to November 29, 2018.

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