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September 3rd, 2015

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Leadership Changes in the Boy Scouts of America

By Ed McCollin, Scout Executive/CEO Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America For 105 years, the Boy Scouts of America has played an important and significant role in shaping the lives of its youth members by instilling in them the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. For those readers who are unfamiliar with the Oath and Law, please read on...

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New Legislation Will Direct More Funding to State Colleges

By Anthony Pollina Washington County State Senator I will be introducing legislation to change the way higher education is funded in Vermont and direct more dollars towards the Vermont State College system. I believe most of our tax dollars should go to the colleges that attract and educate the most Vermonters. But, now we are doing the opposite. U...

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DCF Workers Deserve Our Support

Editor, Recent tragic events in Barre and Berlin, have prompted community wide discussion about the role of social workers who work for the Vermont Department for Children and Families, (DCF). These conversations and tragic events have prompted me to write this letter to my fellow community members. DCF social workers have a challenging, often hero...

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Aldrich Library Book Sale Raises $3360 for Programs

Editor, What an exciting week for Barre and its residents! So many people attended The Heritage Festival/Homecoming Weekend and took part in all the wonderful events including the big Book Sale on the Aldrich Library lawn. This is an annual project of the Friends of the Library, one of our big fund raisers. And we did it! Over $3360 was made and gi...

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Our Say on Solar in Vermont

Editor, July 28 I attended the first meeting of the state’s solar siting board, in Montpelier. Almost every member seemed convinced already that Vermont must build, build, build solar power plants. Only the “how” seemed open for discussion. And that’s the problem: Montpelier has already plugged its ears. Communities like my own can’t refuse to be u...

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Volunteers Needed at Vermont Veterans’ Home

Editor, We, at the Vermont Veterans’ Home, are seeking individuals interested in volunteering with weekly shopping trips (our transportation), bingo, off-campus events, weekly in-house calendar events and much more. Trained by our superb Activities Department, you would be considered as a “force multiplier”. We have opportunities for weekday volunt...

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Some People Rely on Social Security to Survive

Editor, I loved “Max’s Opinion piece” on Bernie Sanders in your August 5th issue, until I got to the second page and read the following: “To me, raising Social Security is like driving Uncle Sam’s car up the highest mountain in Greece and then cutting the breaks.” For many of us poor blokes who depend on Social Security for our very existence in th...

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Technology, Friend or Foe to Vermont’s Children and Families

Editor, I think most of us understand that technology devices and the Internet are here to stay. They are part of all of our lives whether in our doctor’s offices with online medical records or the many ways we use smart phones, laptops, work place computers, on-line games, directional tracking, news and weather updates and television or alternativ...

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Planned Parenthood’s Practice of Selling Aborted Babies is Disgusting

Editor, I was relieved to read in an opinion piece of another paper, one that has a history of being “pro-choice”, that “..the idea of harvesting and trafficking unborn baby parts makes us feel pretty squeamish about our defense and understanding.” However, there is something worse here than how the body parts of already dead babies are treated. Ev...

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What Woman Would You Like to See on the $10 Bill?

Editor, I don’t think any notable woman suggested would want to displace Alexander Hamilton to make room for her. Surely we are not so lacking in creativity that this is the only means available. Hamilton was one of the most brilliant of the founding fathers, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, abolitionist, advisor to George Washington, and the fi...

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