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The ATV debate – been there, done that, already

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Editorial The ATV wars rage on with more and more towns, in some cases grudgingly, opening their roads to them.  Newport, surprisingly, conservative as it is, liked the idea of allowing the vehicles on city streets and the city council is currently scheduled t... More »

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Disparaging children? A new low

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Last week we posted on our website a photo of the Glover climate change march, which was organized by elementary school students.   It was a lovely energetic march, shared by adults, but its enthusiasm came from children who are sincerely worried about their f... More »

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Opinion..Imagine if Vermont got immigration right

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by Bill Schubart In a recent conversation with Governor Scott, one of his principle economic concerns was the gap between job openings and applicants.  With Vermont’s population either slightly shrinking or growing, depending on the most recent data, it’s fair... More »

Majority of Vermonters want safe gun laws

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by Clai Lasher-Sommers, executive eirector, GunSense Vermont Another series of mass shootings — this time in Dayton, El Paso, Mobile, and Odessa — ushered in the expected “thoughts and prayers” from elected officials across the nation.  Forty people were kille... More »

Remembering bygone fairs

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by Tena Starr When I was a kid (a long time ago now) the Barton fair was a big deal.  Me, my cousin Larry, and probably some other cousins, went one day every year with our grandparents on my mother’s side.  Grampa was a tall, rangy man with a limp, a lifelong... More »

Editorial

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We differ most with what we love There’s been quite a kerfuffle about Donald Trump and his recent Tweets urging four liberal Democrats to go back where they came from.  More disturbing, since we’ve come to expect such rhetoric from Mr. Trump, is the crowd that... More »

Arresting the workforce is not a good idea.

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Editorial Last week we reported on two protests in Orleans County — one by a small group of citizens who wanted to say something about the treatment of children at the southern border, and the other about the arrest of three dairy farmworkers.  We support both... More »

´╗┐Sneaking In the Seat Belt Mandate

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John McClaughry The Vermont House is, for the seventh time over 37 years, trying to enact a primary seat belt law for over-18 drivers.  Worse yet, this time its backers are trying to slip their cherished bill through where it won’t be noticed. Fortunately, it’... More »

Irasburg is on the right path with its university

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Last week Irasburg launched the University of Irasburg, a month of neighbors offering free classes to neighbors. In some ways, as organizer Judith Jackson acknowledges, it’s amusing. But it’s also serious. Urban Vermont, urban America, are doing pretty well ri... More »

Year end

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We’re starting 2019 with a look back at 2018, which we view as a year when Orleans County decided to stand up on its hind legs. This part of Vermont got loud last year. Rural Vermont is struggling. Actually, rural America is struggling, making Vermont no excep... More »