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March 3rd, 2015

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Support Aldrich Public Library by Voting Yes on Barre City Budget

Editor, I will be supporting the Barre city budget March 3, largely because the ability of the Aldrich Public Library to serve Barre will be greatly enhanced by a “yes” vote. A big chunk of the library’s operating budget rests in the overall city 2015-2016 budget. The library receives no direct state funding, and while I and the other Friends of th...

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U-32 School Board is Asking For Your Support

Editor, The challenge of operating schools these days is encapsulated in the budgeting process. In these times of declining enrollment, rising property taxes, and an ever-expanding list of expectations for our schools, achieving the proper balance between our educational responsibility to our students and our fiscal responsibility to our tax-paying...

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Act 39 Needs to Be Fixed or Repealed

Editor, On Feb. 18, I attended the VT Senate Health & Welfare Committee hearing regarding Act 39 (assisted suicide/aid in dying). The hearing was to address two topics: Is Act 39 working and do we let the safeguards sunset in 2016 as presently stated in Act 39? Up front, I will say that I am in favor of Repealing Act 39. Over the years I have...

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The Diet of Lent

Editor, This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’s 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry. But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, envi...

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Please Support Tina Muncy’s Candidacy for School Board

Editor,
 I’m writing to urge Montpelier residents to vote for Tina Muncy for the school board. I’ve had the opportunity in recent years to get to know Tina through her involvement with the Montpelier Senior Activity Center and the Unitarian Church. I’ve taken one of her classes and I serve on a committee with her. In both circumstances, Tina has im...

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Friends of the Aldrich Library Thanks Supporters of Winter Banquet and Auction

Editor, The Friends of the Aldrich Library in Barre want to thank all the wonderful people who came and supported our 14th annual Winter Banquet and Auction, which was held at the Barre Elks Club on Jan. 30. After a delicious meal catered by the club, a lively auction led by our friend, Dave Sanguinetti, made for a delightful and fun time. In addit...

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Former owners of Behind the Scenes Café and Pub Say Thanks for 15 Wonderful Years

Editor, As many of you have seen or heard, we Richard and Rose Battiggi have sold our business, Behind the Scenes Café and Pub, to Anthony and Jessica Spencer, Denise O’Neil and Wayne Emmons. During our 15 years of business, we have had many loyal customers from near and far. We thank you for your patronage as well as your friendship. We thank our...

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Montpelier Senior Activity Center Serves All Seniors

Editor, Montpelier Senior Activity Center serves over 1,000 Central Vermont seniors annually. Many people are aware of our fee-based classes and activities that require membership. But we also offer groups, meals, presentations and activities open to all seniors at no cost, regardless of membership. In fact, on average, we have over 30 hours of fre...

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Support the proposed tax on sugary beverages

Editor, As a mother and a two-time cancer survivor, I would do anything to prevent my children, or anyone for that matter, from getting a cancer diagnosis. Along with avoiding tobacco and limiting sun exposure, there is another major factor that many Vermonters may not even know causes a number of cancers, and that is obesity. Did you know that 60%...

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Letter to the Editor: Rep. Morrissey Deserved Better

Editor, For Speaker Shap Smith to remove from the House Health Care Committee someone who was clearly asking the tough questions that were needed to protect Vermont voters comes as a slap in the face not only to 18-year veteran Republican Representative Mary Morrissey of Bennington, but also to all Vermonters. Gov. Shumlin came close to losing the...

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