Leaders: Born or raised?

By JAN DEMERS She sang for the USO in Vietnam going places Bob Hope wouldn’t go. She entertained at the Purple Onion in San Francisco following in the footsteps of the Smothers Brothers and Phyllis Diller. She was kicked out of Brigham Young University for refusing to stop the work on the Equal Rights Amendment.… Read More »

Viewpoint: Aging with Grace

By BILL SCHUBART Astonishing what we learn from others when we listen. I was talking with a friend only a few years younger who offered a suggestion that in my self-absorption had never occurred to me. At our advancing age, she said, it’s important for us all to make way for new leaders and thinkers.… Read More »

Abortion is not a black and white issue

By Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA For members of the Vermont legislature who work diligently to craft legislation that will address problems, protect rights, and generally keep our “brave little state” as a great place to live and work, there comes along in every biennium one or two very controversial issues. Last year, it was gun regulation.… Read More »

What you read in the news, we see every day

By JAN DEMERS Andrew was on his way to earn a PhD. He had just graduated from college, concentrating on physical biochemistry. He was also in a dangerous financial situation as his student stipend didn’t begin to enable him to make ends meet. Andrew began working with a Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity financial… Read More »

Accepted, now what?

By SARAH SOULE Colleges and university admission officers are in the process of releasing admission decisions to those who have submitted applications. Some area high school seniors have already heard the outcomes and have learned their fate, while others will soon find out if they have been accepted, denied, or wait listed at the institutions… Read More »

Examining the governor’s budget

By REP. MIKE YANTACHKA Democracy can be messy.  With three co-equal branches of government, no one branch can dictate policy unilaterally. Divided government requires a lot of negotiation and compromise under the best of circumstances. Our current national government is divided based on deep ideological differences, however, and this has resulted in a literal breakdown… Read More »

Get help filing your taxes

By JAN DEMERS An IRS-certified intern from the University of Vermont who works with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program said, “As a local anti-poverty agency, CVOEO (the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity) acts as an incredible resource for Vermonters with low income. Having the ability to work with members of the local… Read More »

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