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Sara Wool: Providing more than a meal

As the largest provider of Meals on Wheels in Vermont, Age Well would like to shed light on the recent media around federal funding for this essential program.

Patrick Flood: Healthy communities built with investment, coordination

We will never get health care, education and other social costs under control until we address the impact of adverse childhood events and trauma.

Walt Amses: Better Trumpcare dead than us

The purported repeal and replacement of Obamacare was an ongoing catastrophe, stripping bare the delusion Republicans, as promised, would (or could) provide insurance for everyone at a much lower cost.

Chloe Learey: Early childhood education means business

Quality early care and education is a critical part of our economic development now and in the future.

John R. Killacky: Vermont has much to lose

President Trump has called for the elimination of four august agencies, along with a slew of others in a radical downsizing of federal government investment.

Jack Crowther: Fluoridation bill offers pause for study

J.R.S.26 offers a unique opportunity for us to put the brakes on the misguided practice of fluoridation, currently imposed on more than 200 million Americans.

John McClaughry: The benefits of ‘grotesque inequality’

In Sam Walton’s story, there is a lesson that the St. Johnsbury Academy students surely will never hear from Bernie Sanders.

Steve May: The future genetic ghetto

In the wake of the shock and awe masquerading as law-making in D.C. you could be excused if you missed it, but House Republicans are planning to create a permanent genetic underclass.

Allan Ramsay: Time for universal primary care for all Vermonters

Our policies have not focused enough on primary care. For that reason Vermont is facing a perfect storm of access to primary care.

Elizabeth Sightler & Mary Moulton: Pay parity will stabilize mental health workforce

The designated and specialized service agencies in Vermont boast a proud history of leadership and successful outcomes.

Dan Hoxworth: Trump’s chopping block

The president’s proposed budget cuts will cripple services to Vermont’s most vulnerable populations.

Matt Simon: Letting marijuana users become law-abiding citizens

H.170 would eliminate penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, two or fewer mature plants, and four or fewer immature plants, by adults 21 and older.

Haviland Smith: Inducing terrorist paranoia

The “terrorist threat” is the basis for incredible amounts of “alternative facts” being circulated out of the White House.

Daniel Richardson: Legal Aid services benefit all Vermonters

When totaled with the anticipated federal reductions, Vermont faces a loss of over a million dollars in Legal Services Corp. and legal aid funds.