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April 23rd, 2018

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Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters

Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters April 13, 2018 (South Burlington, VT) — Yesterday the House released a draft of the Farm Bill that aims to significantly erode nutrition programs that support millions of Americans, including SNAP (known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT), our nation’s largest hunger-relief pro...

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Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Issued by Clai Lasher-Sommers, Executive Director, GunSense Vermont S.55, S.221, and H.422, all of which Governor Scott signed into law will work together to help keep all Vermonters safer. With more guns than people, Vermont needs these common sense laws that acknowledge ou...

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Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future

Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future By Scudder Parker Education of our young people is one of the most important obligations of our democracy. And a funding system that enables school district voters throughout the state to make thoughtful budget decisions is key to fulfilling that obligation in Vermont. After the Vermont Supreme Court’s Brigham...

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Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns

Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns Dear Editor, Advocates of unrestricted gun laws repeat the mantra, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” And if we were to truly outlaw guns, they might have a point. But there is nothing in the recently passed Vermont gun safety law that outlaws or even contemplates outlawing guns. The NRA repeats a s...

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Thank You!

Thank You! Dear Editor, The Fresh Air Fund looks forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week every year. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our inspiring volunteers, hosts and supporters in Central Vermont. Their dedication to our Fresh Air children truly embodies the spirit of National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15th to A...

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Guest Opinion: Settlement Builds Foundation for Hope at Vermont Yankee

Guest Opinion: Settlement Builds Foundation for Hope at Vermont Yankee By Guy Page On March 2, nine diverse organizations reached a settlement agreement to support NorthStar’s plan to decommission Vermont Yankee and restore the Vernon site for potential redevelopment within a decade. The settlement comes just a few weeks before hearings are schedul...

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Sugary Beverages

Sugary Beverages Dear Editor, Sugary drinks are stacking the deck against children and the price our kids are paying is obesity. Nearly a third of our children are overweight or obese. An alarming 14% of low income Vermont toddlers are obese and a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine predicts that the majority of 2-year-olds today will...

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Guest Opinion:Local Control Is Key to Public Education Success

Guest Opinion: Local Control Is Key to Public Education Success By Martha Heath Twenty years ago Vermont made a firm commitment to retain local control of decisions about school spending. This carefully considered choice came in the wake of the Brigham decision in 1997, when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled the state’s education funding system was u...

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Guest Opinion:Congress Funds Rural Programs

By Anna Johnson, annaj@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Last month, Congress passed its spending bill for this year, which funds the federal government through Sept. 30, 2018. We are glad to see that it provides support for rural America. First, Congress provided healthy funding for conservation. Not only did lawmakers refrain from cutting farm b...

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Thank you!

To the Editor, The board, staff, and volunteers at Good Beginnings would like to thank voters throughout Central Vermont for your support on Town Meeting Day. Thanks to you, we bring community to hundreds of families and babies each year through our Postpartum Angel volunteers, Nest drop-in space, Birthing Year workshops for expectant parents, and...

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