OPINION

Message from Montpelier: May 25

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I was warned. “The end of the session can be messy.” And it was. Desperately trying to put the Golden Dome behind us, we stayed late, with several evenings stretching close to midnight. Were we poring over legal documents and earnestly listening to intelligent debate? No. We were not “on the floor” considering bills. Instead,…

Don’t let fake health news impact your family

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Scientific studies on vaccine safety have never proven a link between vaccines – specifically measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – and autism, yet the myth persists almost 20 years after the flawed research was published. The fear that grew out of this flawed research has left children vulnerable to serious diseases that are vaccine preventable.…

The real fraud is denying voting rights

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I’ve never been known to sugarcoat things, so I’m going to be frank. Recent events are causing increasing concerns that our democracy is in peril. Let me explain. Voting is the foundation of our democracy. Since my first day as secretary of state, and before that as a state senator, I’ve worked to encourage voter…

Getting more young Vermonters to college

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The good news is Vermont has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country; fully 88 percent of our kids leave high school with a diploma. All of us – parents, educators, community members and most of all, our hardworking students – should feel great pride in that accomplishment. The bad news…

Recognizing Older Americans Month

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May is recognized each year as Older Americans Month. In May, the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the five Area Agencies on Aging recognize the importance of Older Americans Act programs in keeping older Vermonters healthy and at home as well as honor the older Vermonters in our communities whose hard…