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Where’s the Rub?

  By Katie Moritz Michael Flies, the owner and executive chef of Billtown BBQ, sits across the table and sips on a soda. He has a big gentle presence and a thoughtful face. As he talks, his eyes, which are framed by long lashes, give away his genuine enthusiasm. “I grew up here. This is where my roots are and I’m trying to stay true to that,”...

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Vote For Vermont: Should Wind Tower Projects Be Part of Act 250?

“What could possibly be wrong with alternative energy? But I did my home work, and lo and behold, I found an inadequate review of impacts on ecosystems above 2500 feet, inadequate review of impacts on necessary wildlife habitat, a poor review of aesthetic issues, but more to the point, they were approving projects where the transmission facilities...

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Vote NO on Article 2

Dear Editor: The Williamstown voters need to know that the majority of the Select Board want to take your voting rights away from you, on the Town ballot Article #2 “Shall the votes authorize the Select Board to appoint a Town clerk”? Why you ask? They say its not about performance, or when asked if they have read the laws governing the Town clerk,...

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Options

By G. E. Shuman A few months ago, my wife and I got a new car. We had been leasing, and the lease was up. If you’ve never leased, this means that you have to go back to the dealer and get another one. With us that’s worked out well. We get a new car every few years and have a somewhat lower payment than if we had bought the thing. It’s my opinion t...

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For The Good of Communities, Prisoners Need to Be Liberated From Ignorance, Poverty and Hatred

Dear Editor: The Governor Scott administration has proposed building a new 925 bed prison “campus” at an estimated cost of $140 million dollars. The campus would be located in northwestern Vermont. There are currently approximately 1,700 people incarcerated including 250 people who are in prisons out of state. There are a variety of reasons why we...

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Nominated for Best Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: ****

Max’s Views: Nominated for Best Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: **** “Always remember, people will hate you. But they don’t win unless you hate them back. And then you destroy yourself.” -Richard Nixon   People have a funny idea about the virtue of vengeance. If a bad guy does something to your family, you are given free re...

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Guest Opinion: President’s Budget Eliminates Rural Programs

By Anna Johnson, annaj@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs America stands to suffer as a result of President Trump’s 2019 budget, released on Feb. 12. The president has proposed again to eliminate or shrink many programs that serve rural America, including those supporting rural businesses, cooperatives, and housing. Trump is also calling for an inv...

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Please Provide Your Support

Dear Editor: I was dismayed when Mayor Lauzon decided not to seek another term as Barre’s mayor although I understood why. Given that, it is vitally important that our next mayor maintain and expand on Mayor Lauzon’s progress, initiatives and energy in moving Barre forward. I would like nothing more than to have a female mayor. But, Sue Higby is no...

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The Best Business Networking Opportunities in Central Vermont

My father, a 93-year-old, retired obstetrician and gynecologist, always tells me not to tear my rotator cuff patting myself on the back when I start to brag about something I have accomplished. At the risk of significant injury to myself, I want to take a moment to brag about something that the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce does and does very...

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Local Art Exhibit Shockwave Offers Reflection and Wisdom

By Katie Moritz Upstairs, in the third-floor gallery of Studio Place Arts in Barre, colors, shapes, and words erupt onto the walls with a force that is immediate and moving. The exhibit, titled “Shockwave,” features art by Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS)  consumers, participants in their Community Development Services. It is the fi...

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