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May 25th, 2017

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Gratitude for Green Up Day 2017

Editor, I would like to express greetings and gratitude to many who made Green Up Day 2017 a vibrant reality. Thank you! To the volunteers: Over 22,000 people of all walks of life and varied ages volunteered to come out and clean up litter from Vermont’s roadsides, public and natural spaces and waterways. They did this before, during and after the...

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Guest Opinion: Toxic Waters

By Corrina Parnapy, District Manager Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District With recent heavy rains in the Northeast there is concern about wastewater flowing untreated directly into our lakes and rivers. Growth, aging infrastructure and increased storm intensity are resulting in wastewater spilling and leaching untreated sewage into wate...

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Vermont Honors Desert Storm Veterans

Editor, On May 20, 2017 at 11 a.m., Desert Storm Veterans and their families will be honored by Vermont Veterans Service organizations and the State with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the Fair Haven, VT American Legion Post 49 dedicating VT Route 22A as the “Desert Storm Veterans Memorial Highway.” Past VT State VFW Commander Steve Leach p...

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Aldrich Library Vote

Editor, I was going to refrain from commenting on the Barre Town vote on the Aldrich Public Library until I was asked by a recent high school graduate what voting yes on Article 5 meant when I was putting up a lawn sign to support the vote. When I explained what it was for she said I always used the library when I was a student and my friends hang...

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I Stand with Planned Parenthood

Editor, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England serves a critical role in our communities here in Vermont. I would like to thank Congressman Peter Welch for voting no on yesterday’s American Health Care Act. Although Paul Ryan and House Republicans voted to block people with Medicaid from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health ce...

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Come Join the Trash Tramps!

Editor, You’re cordially invited to join a group of friendly volunteers who pick up litter in Montpelier on a weekly basis throughout the year. The Trash Tramps have fun every Tuesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. while sprucing up the capitol city. Our motto is: “This work is beneath us.” Shortly before 2:00 p.m., we gather at the Rec Department/Senior C...

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Affordable Housing Bond

Editor, Two weeks ago I testified at the State House to ask the legislature to support the Governor’s proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing. Last week Vermont mayors and other advocates of the bond gathered at the State House for a press conference. In supporting this bond, my organization and our partners can build great new affordable...

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Guest Opinion: NorthStar Has Detailed Plan to Decommission Vermont Yankee on Time, Under Budget

By Guy Page Vermont’s regulatory system works best when it expertly and promptly considers a project’s economic benefits and environmental impacts. I have confidence the Vermont Public Service Board will act in this fine tradition in Docket 8880, NorthStar’s proposed decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. In this spirit, I am concerned by two significa...

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Senate Perspectives: School Daze

By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District As Vermonters slowly adjust to the school governance models dictated by Act 46, it was inevitable that some are dazed and frustrated by the idea of forced change to the familiar. We Vermonters, after all, are naturally suspicious of activity under the Golden Dome. But my daily walk reminds me that ed...

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Ted Brady Offers Insight on Economic Development Initiatives, Opportunities

Pat McDonald producer and host of Vote for Vermont and Ben Kinsley, Executive Director of Campaign for Vermont Prosperity co-hosted a show on Economic Development Initiatives and Opportunities. Our guest was Ted Brady, the Deputy Secretary of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The following is a summary of their conversation. Ted...

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