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Don Keelan: Can Mideast peace ever be achieved? 

What is transpiring today did not begin with Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, or even Iran. Without going too far back into history, it started several hundred years ago. 

Letter to the editor: Homeownership effort would solve the wealth problem

“Wealth taxes” are meant to moderate our dragon-like tendency to hoard excess wealth and create idle oligarchs who threaten democracy.  I understand the impulse, but the wealthy have long since determined how to successfully camouflage their wealth as anything but standard income. It’s right there in the name: passive income. It’s money that comes to…



Letter to the editor: The challenges of caregiving without paid leave

Losing your parents within a month of each other is hard enough without the guilt of feeling like you could have done more. That was the case for me and my siblings. Though we lost our parents five years ago, I still carry that weight. Paid leave would have made a world of difference at…

Letter to the editor: Join Amnesty International Write For Rights campaign Dec. 2

Champlain Valley Amnesty International will host a Write For Rights event for local activists to call attention to the harassment and jailing of individuals at risk and to call on governments to protect their rights. Write for Rights is the world’s largest human rights letter writing event. Every year around Human Rights Day on Dec.…

Bill Schubart: A personal reflection about Ken Squier

On Nov. 15, Ken Squier, a much-loved Vermonter, ascended into the Green Mountains above his home in Stowe. Ken was the last of his family to manage one of the few remaining “heritage radio” stations in the region, Radio Vermont, WDEV. I grew up in Morrisville listening to Lloyd Squier and Rusty Parker on my…

Letter to the editor: Not the truth from Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife  

On Oct. 27, the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife released a press release titled “Regulated Trapping Seasons Open October 28.” Vermont Fish & Wildlife uses the word “regulated” in the title and in virtually every sentence. But, other than the fact that there is a season for trapping, there is virtually no regulation of…

Mark Skelding: Dichotomy, hypocrisy and humility 

We clearly see self vs. other, individual vs. society, government is bad vs. government is good, competition vs. cooperation, independence vs. interdependence, and absolutes exist vs. everything is relative.

Letter to the editor: The hard truth we have to live with at VTSU

As a baby boomer who benefited greatly from a liberal arts education, I have been following the developments on the Vermont State University campuses. Protests from students and faculty have decried program cuts and faculty buyouts. They lament the effect on students, faculty and staff.  To be clear, I greatly appreciate what I learned decades…

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