Thanks for making Messiah Sing-Along a success
Thanks to everyone who attended the 12th Annual Messiah Sing-Along in Arlington, and to the fabulous soloists and orchestra, all of whom shared their time and talents with a very appreciative audience. St James is very pleased to announce that audience donations totaled $535, all of which will be given to the Bennington Interfaith Council's Food and Fuel Fund. Thanks to all and best wishes for a wonderful 2016!
New Year's Resolution
Once again, it's time for New Year's resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork. Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.
But times are changing. According to Gallup, 22 percent of American consumers are avoiding meat and 12 percent are avoiding dairy products. Supermarket chains, along with Target and Walmart, offer a growing selection of delicious and healthy plant-based meats and dairy products. Animal meat consumption has dropped by 8% in the past decade.
Hundreds of school, college, hospital, and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday and vegan meals. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell, and White Castle, are rolling out vegan options.
Let's make this New Year's resolution about exploring the rich variety of plant-based entrees, lunch meats, cheeses, ice creams, and milks, as well as the more traditional green and yellow veggies. The internet offers tons of recipes and transition tips.
For paid sick days
Vermonters will benefit greatly from having paid sick days. I advocate that the Healthy Workplaces Bill H. 187 is a priority in the upcoming legislative session.
No one can go a whole year without being sick a day or two. I work at a factory, where I earn 2 paid sick days and 120 hours of vacation. I appreciate not having to worry about being sick and not having to choose between a paycheck and my health. Everyone should have this benefit.
Benefits like paid sick leave not only help employees but also obviously help companies with employee satisfaction and retention. I strongly support the Healthy Workplaces Bill and ask my Senators Dick Sears and Brian Campion to help pass the bill.
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