OPINION

Reporting suspicion of child abuse is critical

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By LINDA E. JOHNSON Executive director, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Two independent newspapers – The Indianapolis Star and USA Today – published a major investigation related to USA Gymnastics’ failure to report the suspicion of child sexual abuse by different coaches over many years. Their failure to follow the law has resulted in the abuse…

Thanks for Triathalon support

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The Colchester Parks & Recreation Department would like to extend its sincere thanks to the race sponsors and volunteers at the 32nd Annual Colchester Triathlon on Sunday, July 31. 2016 Triathlon sponsors include: LCATV, North Country Federal Credit Union, Sommers Chiropractic, Vermont Sports Magazine, Your Personal Best, SkiRack, Mike’s Auto Parts, Clif Bar and 99.9…

Summer programs needed to close achievement gaps

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By Rebecca Holcombe, Vt. Education Secretary For many, summer in the Green Mountain State brings to mind long days, fun camps, sunshine and time spent outside with a good book or a new hobby. However, summer doesn’t always promise the same opportunities for all of Vermont’s students, especially those students who live in poverty or…

More nonsense from the selectboard

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It never ceases to amaze me how illogical certain members of our selectboard are relative to public safety; case in point the recent Raftapalooza. At a recent selectboard meeting, in spite of concerns expressed by our police department, Mr. Landry and Ms. Scibek labeled this event as “fun” while our public safety department expressed serious…

No wonder youth are looking for cheaper climes

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By EMERSON LYNN It’s called the rule of 72. It’s a simplified way of figuring out how long it will take for your investment to double. Just divide 72 by the annual rate of return for the answer. A 7.2 percent return, for example, doubles your money in 10 years. That same principle works on…

Seeking witnesses to a cycling accident

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I need to get contact information for the responsible party who caused a biking accident on July 4, between 3 and 4 p.m. at the Colchester Causeway. The man stood and looked on as I was severely injured and suffering on the ground, then hopped on his bicycle along with two older women and rode…