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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mulhern-Lyford

    Patrick and Kathy Mulhern, of New London, N.H., are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan, to Nelson H. Lyford, Jr., the son of Nelson and Bonnie Lyford of Barre.   Megan graduated from Champlain College and is employed at CW Adventures as a Search Optimization Specialist. Nelson graduated from Norwich University a...

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Why I Love “Orange is the New Black”

  I’m sure glad that prisons exist to rehabilitate hardened criminals.   Just kidding, of course.   I wonder who came up with the ridiculous lie that prisons rehabilitate people. Probably a shareholder of one of those privately-owned, for-profit prisons.   Clearly prisons do the opposite of rehabilitating people. They toss peopl...

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1786 Economic Crisis in Vermont: Governor Chittenden Wants to Tax Lawyers

  While the new nation was going through an economic crisis in 1786, the independent Republic of Vermont had its own economic crisis.   While Vermont had little debt compared to the thirteen original states after the Revolutionary War, it was not immune to currency inflation. As before the war, many old and new settlers used credit to buy...

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Reiss’s Pieces

  When I was in college I had to write a thesis about something pertinent, and I decided to write about what happened to the Jews during WWII. In order to write it, I had to read anything and everything that I could find on the subject. At the same time, my best friend and someone who also shared the same major as I did, was Jewish. I had spen...

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Support Good Beginnings on Town Meeting Day

Editor:   Imagine a place where all families feel supported and have the tools they need to raise their children. Good Beginnings of Central Vermont has been doing this for 22 years and it will be appearing on many of the ballots on Town Meeting Day.   GBCV’s primary commitment is to provide support, mentorship, and education, through wee...

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Thank You, Charlie Phillips

Editor: I would like to thank Montpelier School Board members Charlie Phillips and Lowell VanDerlip for listening to the needs of Montpelier by creating an alternative to the proposed school budget. Unfortunately, on January 22, there were other agendas at play and it didn’t get the attention it deserved.   The superintendent would have us bel...

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Montpelier Tax Increases are Unaffordable

Editor: As I look around this city that I love, I wonder, how much longer will we be able to afford living here? How long will it be before the tax increases the residents of Montpelier continue voting to support make living in this city a choice between paying our taxes or heating our home? We already live at 60 degrees in the winter months, and d...

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Eight Reasons to Support John Hollar

Editor:   My list of the top eight reasons for supporting John Hollar for Mayor of Montpelier is as follows:   1. The City Council is functioning well under his leadership.   2. The Planning Commission is no longer dysfunctional.   3. John Hollar is implementing the Carr Lot project.   4. John Hollar values everybody’s opin...

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Thank You from Friends of the Aldrich

  Editor:   As president of The Friends of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, I would like to express my thanks to all who helped make our Winter Dinner and Auction such a success. We exceeded the proceeds from last year! Once again, Barre came through for our library! It was a different venue and a different menu, but the feeling of ca...

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Montpelier Pre-Town Meeting on Feb. 20

  Editor:   As they prepare to vote March 4, Montpelier citizens will have an opportunity to learn more about our ballot items, including the municipal and school budgets, at our second annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 20 at Montpelier High School at 7:00 pm. The event will also be broadcast on Channel 17.   Recent lette...

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