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This is what the Hartford Courant had to say recently about the resurgence of black bears and our need to learn to live with them:

Vermonters have been giving candidates running for public office an earful as of late. They have been, without hesitation, talking about such pressing issues as the cost of health care, day care, building the workforce across the state, taxes and the general rising cost of living.

We knew going into Tuesday’s primary that history was going to be made. Suffice to say, Democrats are poised to make it take hold.

We like to say kids are resilient. For certain, the pandemic tested that.

As Chris Graff notes in his commentary this weekend in Perspective, there is a lot at stake in this Aug. 9 primary.

A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau tells us that in the days leading up to the global pandemic, baby boomers were still wealthier than millennials.

This is what the Boston Globe had to say recently on the Supreme Court decision to make it easier to carry a gun:

A few years ago, as part of The Outside Story column, Joe Rankin, an environmental writer, penned a column talking about the “impending insect apocalypse. He was writing about an article that appeared in the journal Conservation Biology by Francisco Sanchez-Bayo of the University of Sydney, …

This one caught us by surprise this week: A bill to boost semiconductor production in the United States has managed to do nearly the unthinkable — unite the democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and the fiscally conservative right.

In Perspective this weekend you will find a commentary from Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general. He writes at length about one of the most troubling lingering consequences of the pandemic over the past two years: the negative impact on teen mental health.

Research was released this week that shows just how fixed it is for New England senior citizens to live on fixed income.

This is what the Bangor Daily News had to say about motorcycle safety:

During the past few weeks, our newsroom staff has been attending — virtually or in person — various community forums or debates between candidates running for the Legislature, House and Senate, statewide offices and even the U.S. Congress race.

This is what The Washington Post had to say about access to birth control after the SCOTUS ruling on abortion:

Three news stories got our attention this week. Dare we say it: All three stories feel like causes for concern.

This is what the Hartford Courant had to say recently about all police vehicles being equipped with seat belts:

We all tout our “quality of life” here in Vermont. Whether it is living among the four seasons, being able to breathe fresh air, or enjoying the working landscape. We are truly fortunate.

Since the last election cycle for candidates seeking to be state’s attorney across Vermont, there has been renewed concern over issues surrounding criminal justice and racial justice, as well as bold discussions about restorative justice, youthful offender status, and much more.

It wasn’t a scene from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but it could have been. The James Webb Space Telescope is giving us a marvelous view into distant galaxies.

This is what the Boston Globe had to say recently about the shortage of lifeguards and the risks involved:

This is what the Bangor Daily News had to say recently about the state’s Freedom of Access law:

In our email this week came a note from State Auditor Doug Hoffer. The headline stated, “Vermont Supreme Court Deals Serious Blow to Government Transparency and Accountability.”

When we are children, we are told not to touch a hot stove.

This is what that Connecticut Post had to say about libraries, not politicians, making decisions about books:

In a matter of minutes, we received back-to-back news releases following the announcement that the Supreme Court limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. The court’s three liberal justices, in dissent, stated that the majority had …

With abortion now — or soon to be — illegal in over a dozen states, and restricted in many more, there's increased concern regarding tech companies collecting personal details of their users. There are increased calls to limit that tracking and surveillance.

Our letters to the editor box runneth over with Vermonters opining and ranting about the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade. We were not expecting to receive an email informing us of the passing of a champion of the landmark decisions to legalize abortion some deca…

This is what the Bangor Daily News had to say recently about the Senate bill aimed at reducing gun violence:

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During the past few weeks, we have watched as the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection has been presenting evidence that led up to and followed the Jan. 6, 2021, incident.

Recently, Vermont Public Interest Research Group gave ranked choice voting a test drive in a mock primary election.

A Supreme Court decision this week caught our attention. It could have significant implications right here in Vermont.

This is what the Portland Press Herald in Maine had to say recently about cutting gun violence:

Candidates near and far have been reaching out to this newspaper, trying to get a sense of which way the political winds are blowing.

This is what the Los Angeles Times had to say on the Senate’s action on gun safety:

It was compelling even if the images — visual and spoken — were awful.

Across this state, communities have been pushing for equity for all of our citizens.

One of the silver linings that came out of the pandemic was the clear need for high-speed internet along every “last mile” of the state.

Candidates for federal and statewide offices, as well as the Vermont Legislature, have been getting an earful from residents, especially Vermonters living on fixed or low incomes. The struggle of inflation is real.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rainbow Bridge Community Center will hold its grand opening in downtown Barre. Located on Main Street, the nonprofit center, which is supported by grants and donations, serves as a meeting place for the LGBTQI+ community. It has a lounge, a kitchen, a work space and …

This is what Hearst Connecticut Media had to say about the recent spate of catalytic converter thefts. Vermont has also seen a sharp uptick in both catalytic converter thefts, and damage to or thefts from motor vehicles.

Five Questions With

Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…

Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.

Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.

Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.

Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

Mark Breen, the “Eye on the Sky” guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.