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It has been 25 years since the death of Ron Squires from AIDS. Back then a diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence. But we have come a long way and that same diagnosis in 2017 may mean that someone has a chronic disease that requires daily … more
Often, as executive director of the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development, people who do not have young children ask me: "I don't have kids. Why should I care about child care?" It is a good question with several answers, such as … more
WHEREAS, The patriotic values of an unfettered free market must be maintained as the core of any U.S. health system and,WHEREAS, pharmaceutical companies have been unfairly targeted by having to face public pressure for perceived unfair pricing … more
I received one of the nicest gifts this past Christmas from my fiancee. It was a pair of tickets to one of the top car shows in the world, held each March on Florida's Amelia Island on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton. I'm always up for a classic car … more
By John McClaughry In a recent talk before students at St. Johnsbury Academy, Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that although we are living in the wealthiest country in the history of the world and "the nation's wealth is in the hands of a privileged … more
This past week, we worked on a number of important bills but the two I heard the most about from constituents were H.492 - an act relating to the Racial Justice Oversight Board and H.523 - an act relating to fair and impartial policing.Recent events … more
When gauging the risk-level for a domestic violence victim, certain details always raise red flags: the presence of a gun, threats of violence, strangulation and any past physical harm. But while such danger requires the most careful safety … more
Many of us make an effort to help others whenever we can. Sometimes it's a casual one time effort, such as allowing someone to move in front of you in the line at the grocery store or waving someone on to drive ahead of you as they try to enter a … more
With the daily chaos raining down on the nation from the Trump White House, the 2017 Legislature had to add to the work focused on Vermonters, with a Trump Protection Plan. Unfortunately, though, that chaos started to leak into the Vermont scene at … more
I attended the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel meeting on Thursday, May 25, in Brattleboro covered by reporter Mike Faher ("Feds face questions at Vermont Yankee meeting," May 28). During and after the meeting, I was too pre-occupied … more
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