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March 31st, 2015

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Vermonters for Sustainable Population Wants to Know How You Feel About Population Growth

Editor, In just the last sixty years, the U.S. population has doubled in size adding more than 150 million people and now has a population of about 320 million. Vermont has seen slower growth than the nation as a whole, but even in the rather rural Washington County the population has grown during that period from 43,000 to approximately 60,000 or...

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Montpelier Senior Activity Center Thanks Voters

Editor, Thank you to voters in the towns of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Moretown (new!), and Worcester for your support at Town Meeting. In the new fiscal year, seniors (age 50+) from these supporting towns will enjoy lower membership dues than non-supporting towns as well as advance registration privileges for our several dozen qua...

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Food Industries Playing April Fools’ Day Jokes On Consumers

Editor, With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “Free-range chickens,” and “Humane slaughter.” All lies. Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. Like the hundreds of millions o...

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Bunnies as Easter Gifts

Editor, In the weeks following Easter, after all the eggs have been collected, Easter baskets have been emptied, and chocolate rabbits have long since been eaten, thousands of real live bunnies flood into animal shelters across the country. What gives? Amidst all the springtime advertising linking Easter with adorable and cuddly baby bunnies and ch...

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Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Must Not Remain on Budgetary Chopping Block

Editor, There is no doubt that the legislature has a challenging job ahead of it to balance a budget that has a $110 M shortfall. Reviewing the list of potential cuts which is available on the Joint Fiscal website is distressing to say the least. I have posted on Facebook my concern about two of those recommendations. One is the impact to economic...

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Green Mountain United Way Still Needs Your Help

Editor, As Chair of this year’s Green Mountain United Way campaign, I am writing to you today to remind you that this appeal is still underway and will continue until April 30, 2015. To date, approximately 75 percent of the $550,000 goal has been met. It is not too late to make a contribution and help us meet our goal. Green Mountain United Way (GM...

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Barre Blood Drive a Success

Editor, I would like to thank everyone who made our recent Barre Blood Drive a success. We collected 100 pints of life-saving blood, which will help restore the supply depleted by the cancellation of drives due to the weather. Special thanks go to the Barre Elks Club and Project Independence for providing the space and the goodies for our donors. W...

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Vermonters Need Vermont Interactive Technologies

Editor, I am a nursing student at Vermont Technical College. Our college, as well as many other colleges, companies, and people in Vermont, use Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) for educational and training programs. Governor Shumlin has decided to cut funding for VIT to $0 in FY16. This means that VIT will cease to exist by July 1, 2015. VIT...

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Chiropractor Services Must Be Kept Safe in FY16 Budget

Editor, I am writing to express my disapproval of the plan to cut chiropractor services from state plan Medicaid. Chiropractor services are vital, especially for people whose epilepsy isn’t fully controlled with medication and those who have to endure debilitating side affects like insomnia, which leads to difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, w...

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Empty Bowl Benefit Raises Nearly $6,000 for Vermont Foodbank

Editor, For yet another year, the generosity and goodwill of the people of Central Vermont made the Empty Bowl Benefit for the Vermont Foodbank a successful fundraising event, and one that will help Vermonters in need to put food on their tables for themselves and their families this winter. Over 200 people turned out at MUD Studio in Middlesex on...

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