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August 20th, 2018

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Guest Opinion: The Minimum Wage

By Tyler Colford A government mandated minimum wage sounds nice; I mean doesn’t everyone deserve to make a livable wage off of 40 hours, or less, of work a week? Let’s unpack what happens when a government enforces a minimum wage. A minimum wage does not mean that workers will receive a livable wage. It means that, at a particular time, the (local,...

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The Next Milestone in VT Yankee’s Legacy

To the Editor: On Thursday, August 2, Vermont Yankee announced that the transfer of all spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage was completed safely, under budget, and nearly two years ahead of schedule. This marks a major milestone and establishes a strong foundation for accelerated decommissioning by future owner NorthStar Group Services upon re...

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Guest Opinion: Fighting Over Scraps: And So Unnecessary!

By Dan Freilich We Americans are at each other’s throats because we’re fighting over scraps, like what occurs in underdeveloped countries with severe wealth inequality. Basically, our national wealth is being amassed and horded by the ultra-rich and corporations, neither of which pays their fair share of taxes anymore. There’s little revenue for cr...

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Vote for Phil Scott

Dear Editor, Governor Phil Scott is seeking a second term as our governor. He has been criticized by the gun constituency for recently signing new gun restrictions into law. We the public need laws that try to stop the wild proliferation of random school massacres in our country. The Fair Haven incident this past spring, a very close call, is a cas...

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Guest Opinion: Supporting Andrew Brewer

By Greg Guyette I hope you will join me in supporting Andrew Brewer for State Senate. I have known Andrew since our early days at Berlin Elementary School and have grown to know and respect him even more deeply over time. He is a compassionate and natural leader who understands issues deeply and seeks a variety of opinions before making important d...

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Vote for Scott on August 14th

Dear Editor, Here in Vermont, we’ve been struggling with a rising cost of living for a while now. But over the last few years, thanks to Governor Scott, we’ve seen movement in the right direction–especially as it relates to making our state more affordable. As a Vermonter who is approaching retirement age, I’m thrilled Governor Scott worked h...

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Thank You!

Editor: On behalf of the Friends of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, I want to thank everyone who made our annual summer Book Sale such a wonderful and successful event! This is always held as part of the Barre Heritage Days and once again our presence on the library lawn was well received. It takes many people to organize and carry out this bi...

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Guest Commentary: Why Civic Engagement Is a Necessity

By Debra Paul Why are you important to society? To your community? How do you tie into the bigger picture or into the grand scheme of things? While we often find ourselves worrying about navigating the ins and outs of our own day-to-day lives, the way that we as people, interact in our community is critical in what role we play in our town and how...

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Guest Opinion: Dear Governor Scott

By Mary Alice Bisbee As a 7th generation Vermonter who left Vermont as a young person in 1954 after graduating high school, so I could get a good start somewhere else, I realize that much has happened since that time, but much still has not happened. Then, I was given a full tuition, 3 year scholarship to Rutgers U. much better than the state schol...

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Guest Opinion: Remember to Vote in the August 14th Primary Election!

By Secretary of State Jim Condos The August 14th Vermont Primary Election is under one week away. While there has been some indication of lower voter turn-out, I hope that as Vermonters, we can make sure that’s not the case in our state. Voting is the foundation of our democracy. When you go to the polls on Primary Day and Election Day, you’re help...

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