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“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?”

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As we prepare for the start of the 2019-20 school year, I want to offer an update from the Harwood Unified Union School Board board and share with you what we expect in the coming months.

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Since the national opinion writers have thoroughly covered the president’s role in stoking the violence we experienced in recent weeks, we can agree that the next election offers us all the opportunity to repudiate his “thoughts and prayers” response to the violence he has encouraged.

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When my son was around 9 years old I purchased his first rifle for him — a wonderful, and very Vermont, rite of passage. The one I got him was semi-automatic with a 25 round detachable magazine. Probably no one was more surprised by this than me.

This year, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a young friend of mine admitted she isn’t sure if the moon landing really happened, or if it is just more fake news.

In these warm summer months, it’s easy to forget the long winter and cold, wet spring we survived this year. But there are plenty of reasons for Vermonters, especially with moderate incomes, to take action now in preparation for the coming cold.

When I recently posted on Instagram a story of my 15-year-old daughter practicing her parallel parking in a freshly mown hayfield between a horse jump and two traffic cones, the response illuminated a generational shift.

In last month’s column, I wrote about the hard-working road crews fixing our byways and highways. Given the numerous rebuilds going on everywhere, it’s pretty hard not to write about them again.

Midnight passed. He was the eldest dog in the neighborhood. The sage, the one who’d amble down the lane for his daily walk, deliberately, with a kind of elder regality.

There is nothing like driving down Interstate 91 on a Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend, heading out of the Northeast Kingdom toward the mall mecca that is Lebanon, to drive home the importance of tourism to northern Vermont’s economy.

Clean water funding is a win for Vermont. And like so much of the Legislature’s work, it addresses climate change. 

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