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May 5th, 2016

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Phil Scott ‘Gets It’

Editor, I’m doing my best to put the race for the presidency out of my mind. Thankfully, Vermont has a respectable slate of candidates for governor, all of whom have the chops and integrity to make good leaders. Personally I’m weary of the “race” to be the first state to “fill in the blank”. I want a governor without ambitions for a political caree...

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Statehouse Candidates Wanted

Editor, This is a call for help. Governor Shumlin and the Democrats’ super majority in the legislature are bankrupting our state, making it unaffordable for young and old, and driving many to leave the state. This simply must change. There is an urgent need to bring financial sense back to the Statehouse. Over the past five years, the state has inc...

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Globalize! Globalize!

Editor, Our globalized economic system, capitalism, has transcended all nation-states and become a monolith with a stranglehold on all social, political, and environmental functions. Its governing principle of return-on-capital takes precedence over any other law – natural or otherwise – and is enforced regardless of consequences to people or the p...

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Europe Under Attack

Editor, Since WWII, Europe has welcomed tens of millions of Muslims from Africa and the Middle East who replaced the murdered Jews of Europe. Germany is leading the way, allowing 1 million Muslims to enter in 2015, and plans to bring in 1 million more in 2016. This will swell its Muslim population to 5 million. France has 6 million Muslims, the UK...

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Help Make Green Up a Success

Editor, Last year’s Green Up event was a great success and this year we’re hoping for even more participation. Barre City has been left tarnished by trash and debris from this past fall and winter. Spaulding’s Action for the Environment (S.A.F.E.) is currently organizing this event and gathering Green Up bags and gloves to distribute. We are encour...

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Great Community Gathering; Thank You to Christ Church for Hosting

Editor, I just got home from a really great party. The buzz in the packed room was keen, warm, and hummed with excitement. Conversation was constant, and the food was fabulously retro! Where was I? Christ Church. They were throwing a “Welcome Hairspray Party!” So on behalf of all of us at Lost Nation Theater and everyone involved in Hairspray, I se...

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Governor Shumlin Supports LGBT People

Editor, This Oklahoman praises Governor Peter Shumlin for supporting LGBT rights and dignity. I heard him announce on National Public Radio his cancellation of official state travel to North Carolina because of its new laws allowing discrimination against LGBT people. I hope Paypal Corporation accepts his invitation to move their 400-job facility t...

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Guest Opinion: ‘Hands off’ Environmental Laws Leave a Lasting Legacy

By Deb Markowitz Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources As a parent, and as the head of Vermont’s environmental agency, I often ask myself, what will be our generation’s environmental legacy? We strive to keep our families healthy and safe, our communities prosperous, and our natural environment free from the effects of harmful pollution. T...

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Every Month is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editor, Every month is child abuse prevention month! Although Governor Shumlin and governors throughout the United States take time to proclaim April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, there are children in need of nurturing and protection every day and every month. We all have a significant role to play. If you know a parent who is stressed and could...

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In Gratitude to Volunteers

Editor, The week of April 10-17 is National Volunteer Week. Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) salutes and honors the importance of our volunteer partners for their role in ensuring the success and powerful impact of our education services. As CVABE celebrates 50 years in service to the communities of Washington, Orange and Lamoille Coun...

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