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Keeping an eye on drug prices

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Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made headlines when his company increased the price of an important and existing AIDS drug by a whopping 5,000 percent. While that situation garnered much attention, prices for another 20 name brand drugs quadrupled in the last two years, and another 60 at least doubled! These massive spikes hurt…

A commitment to our children

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By REBECCA HOLCOMBE, Secretary of Education Vermont has great schools, great education policy and high levels of public commitment to our children. Every school board and every town is passionate about educating its children well. However, persistent declines in enrollment, pressures of affordability, complex structures and increasing poverty all threaten our ability to support high…

Rejoicing in peace

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By KAYLEE SULLIVAN Peace and serenity filled the quad of St. Michael’s College last Sunday at sunset as nearly 80 people gathered to celebrate the lives lost during a deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on June 12. The vigil began with the deep ringing of a singer’s bowl, hit 49 times…

Stepping into the future

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By JASON STARR Women Helping Battered Women took a huge step forward last week. The organization shed its antiquated name and rebranded to become Steps to End Domestic Violence. The staff and board of directors welcomed volunteers and partners to a celebratory name and logo reveal at St. Michael’s College last Thursday. The old name…

Vallee appeals Exit 16 overhaul

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By JASON STARR Gas station owner Skip Vallee has appealed reconstruction plans at the Interstate 89 Exit 16 interchange in Colchester in the name of protecting water quality. Some think the legal battle is a strategy in a protracted effort to prevent the Costco warehouse from getting gas pumps, which would compete with his nearby…