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March 23rd, 2017

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Rebuilding Our Military

Editor, As a Navy veteran and a strong supporter of our military I commend President Trump for initiating a program to rebuild our military with a defense budget increase of $54 billion, but it should be decreased by $1.3 billion and the $1.3 billion added to the Coast Guard budget within the Department of Homeland Security so it is not cut by $1.3...

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Guest Opinion: Strong Working Families Means a Strong Vermont

By Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas Orange-2 Bradford, VT As a state legislator, my first responsibility is to stand up for a Vermont that works for all of us. I’m continually looking at what we can do to strengthen Vermont’s economy for future generations. I’m proud to be a lead sponsor of legislation that would create a family and medical leave insuran...

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Modelling a Local and Vibrant Climate Economy

Editor, With a national political conversation that seems to become more divisive and fragmented with each passing day, engaging locally to create meaningful and inclusive democratic change is as important as it ever has been. At moments like this, Vermonters have historically responded by gathering in granges and town halls to find common ground o...

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Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas

By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District “But Mom, I don’t like peas,” said my 5-year-old self to my mother. “Eat them anyway,” came her response. “But Mom, they don’t taste good,” I pled, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a sympathy thrust of her own: “Be thankful you have them, there are starving people in the world, you know...

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Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters

Editor, I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children and dedicated state funding for afterschool and summer programs is a great step toward this goal. I am a fourth generation Vermonter and single parent with a good, full-time job. I was the first person in my...

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Northfield Select Board Races

Editor, I am writing to urge Northfield voters to vote for John Sears for the 3-year seat on the Select Board, and for Jim Baraw for the vacant 2-year seat on the Select Board. I firmly believe that a change in the composition of the board is necessary if Northfield is to move forward, attracting new businesses and new families, to expand our tax b...

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Trump Jeopardizing National Security

Editor, As a former Naval Intelligence officer, I am concerned with the Administration’s adverse impact on our national security. It appears Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the Presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Flynn was forced to...

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U.S. Political IQ

Editor, At the founding of our democracy, Alexander Hamilton was leery of mass enfranchisement. He didn’t think enough people were sufficiently intelligent or informed to make the right choices affecting their governance. He therefore wanted to limit voting rights to select segments of society. Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, had greater faith...

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Guest Opinion: Good Jobs Are Begging For Skilled Workers

By Cathleen Lamberton Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Vermont We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It’s a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill good paying j...

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Guest Opinion: DeVos is a Threat to School Choice

By Benjamin Kinsley Executive Director, Campaign for Vermont Prosperity Many Vermonters probably had mixed reactions to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. On the one hand, she is espoused as a proponent of school choice which is prized by many of our rural communities. On the other hand, Vermont lead the country in rejection...

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