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If the past few years have taught me anything, it is that the foundations of our democracy have sadly become more and more often seen as obstacles that need to be ignored, or worse, discarded for the sake of temporary political wins.

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As world leaders meet in Glasgow to seek agreement to make Earth’s climate stop changing, the news media has delivered a continual tsunami of alarming reports: “Climate change is already ravaging the world,” “climate change-induced disasters,” “climate crisis,” “climate emergency.”

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Poor Elijah enjoys Thanksgiving dinner with his far-flung family. The single dark cloud is his niece’s 5-year-old. Justin enjoys exploring the limits of his personal freedom, and his mother prides herself on being reasonable. “Justin,” she reminds him, “we’ve talked about self-control. Why w…

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In 1850, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” Hester Prynne, after being seduced by the local pastor, becomes pregnant and bears a child out of wedlock. Prynne is convicted of adultery and sentenced to wear a scarlet letter, an “A,” for the rest of her life.

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Two weeks ago, Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced a Department of Education effort to encourage the public to inform on public educators and, hand-in-hand with that announcement, an extremist group offered bounties to those who instigate investigations that may lead to the discipline and …

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This is what the Rutland Herald has to say about a recent rise in COVID-19 case numbers throughout the state of Vermont:

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Let’s start off with this bit of wisdom: “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world … would do this, it would change the earth.” William Faulkner

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In case you left the solar system for a few weeks and missed the election headlines, Republicans captured the Virginia governor’s chair. They won in part because their candidate managed to attract suburban Republican and independent voters without inciting Trump Republicans to kick him off t…

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I am writing in regards to news that I was told recently that my community is losing a very valuable person and asset of the community of Chester. Mrs. Edie Brown of Chester Depot will soon be moving out of state for retirement. She’s certainly earned her retirement above and beyond.

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“My belief is that people prefer their own kind – same color, same nationality, same politics, same age, etc. Why is it called racism when whites prefer whites? Why is that white privilege? Blacks prefer Blacks, Democrats prefer Democrats, teenagers prefer teenagers. No name for that! Why do…

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Plastic pollution is seen in the news showing littered rivers, beaches and natural recreational areas. The problem’s visibility has drawn greater concern about plastics and calls for short-term fixes like clean ups or recycling, while long-term strategies that aim for prevention receive litt…

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Next January, the General Assembly will address its decennial responsibility for redistricting both houses of the Legislature. The first step in that process is receiving the recommendations of the Legislative Apportionment Board, that has been at work for several months.

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In spring 2011, then-governor Peter Shumlin signed into law the bill that was supposed to set Vermont off leading the nation to a single payer health care system. The activists rejoiced, the politicians puffed their chests, the bean counters got to work. Then, in December 2014, the three-yea…

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Since returning to Claremont in 2008, I have witnessed the community’s increased effort to honor veterans. It comes in many forms and from many sectors, cultivating a sense of gratitude for those who have and are serving our nation. Though such demonstrations of support focus on veterans, th…

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As a concerned citizen I attended the Sullivan County listening session of the New Hampshire legislature's Special Committee on Redistricting and heard the representatives from our county urge the committee to make the map redrawing process transparent.

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I launched my campaign for city council on Friday, Sept. 24. Over the course of my campaign I met with countless voters to walk around downtown and talk about what matters most to them. I hosted six events, including two meet and greets and a dog meet-up. My team of volunteers and I knocked …

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Since those very first days of the pandemic over a year and a half ago, one of the overriding goals has been to ensure our hospitals have the capacity to care for a surge of COVID-19 patients. As we experience an ongoing increase of patients in need of hospital-level care here in New Hampshi…

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I saw my first Christmas commercial two days before Halloween. Back-to-school season starts while graduation cards are still on the shelves, Black Friday begins Nov. 1, and Americans stampede into stores before their Thanksgiving turkey is digested. Holidays have become occasions to prepare …