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October 21st, 2018

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Dear Editor: Governor Scott has signed H.511, making Vermont the first state, by legislative process, to legalize pot for recreational use. On July 1, it will be permissible to possess 1 ounce of pot and store an unlimited quantity harvested from 2 mature plants. If the Governor’s oft expressed requirement that children must be protected in situati...

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Thank You from the Friends of Mathewson Playground

Dear Editor: A sincere thank you to the Barre community and all friends, both individuals and groups, for your support of our efforts to improve the Mathewson Playground. Through a combination of donations, grants and a city allocation, we recently met our financial goal! In late spring the city of Barre will be installing a new play unit with unde...

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Guest Opinion: Vermont’s Forest Products Industry: In Transition and Hopeful for the Future

By Christine McGowan Vermont prides itself as the Green Mountain State, with nearly 80-percent of its land mass covered in forest. Healthy and productive forests are inherent to Vermont’s culture and heritage. Yet, the industry responsible for bringing us countless valuable forest products: high quality furniture, specialty wood crafts, lumber and...

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Guest Opinion:The FAFSA is the first step to being career ready. Seriously.

By Marilyn Cargill For Vermont students to be prepared for tomorrow’s jobs, all pathways must lead to a credential with labor market value, such as a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. Good jobs that once only required a high school education have mostly disappeared and that trend is likely to continue. The jobs that have taken t...

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Running for Montpelier City Council

Dear Editor, My name is Alex Geller and I am running for Montpelier City Council in District 2. My wife, Wendy, and I have been residents of Montpelier for six years, and I feel now is the time for me to give back to this great community. I currently work in IT Project Management where my main responsibilities include helping the state modernize it...

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Prioritizing the Health of Our Children

Dear Editor: In Vermont, we work hard to protect our kids from anything that may cause them harm. This is doubly true in school buildings, where we vet the people going in and out, monitor things like allergens and medications, and take careful notice of how we maintain facilities. Unfortunately, there is a missing link in school safety, and that i...

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We Must Address This Public Health Concern

Dear Editor: Lyme Disease has spread at an alarming rate in Vermont and continues to grow. According to the Vermont Department of Health, in 2015, Vermont had the highest rate of reported Lyme Disease in the United States. Currently, according to the CDC, Vermont is listed #1 in the country for confirmed cases of Lyme and is designated as an “Endem...

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Thank You Area Restaurants

Dear Editor: On the last Sunday of every month, volunteers from Beth Jacob Synagogue serve a dinner at Bethany United Church. This free dinner is open to the community, primarily serving people who need a nutritious warm meal. This month, the dinner fell on a chilly New Year’s Eve. Because of the holiday, there were few volunteers available to cook...

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Thank You!

Dear Editor: We would like to thank your readers for the outpouring of support in the tragic loss of our mom, Alice Mary (Taplin) Doyle. Our hearts go out to the first responders, Chelsea Volunteer Fire Department, and Frist Branch Ambulance as well as the Mutual Aid departments from Tunbridge, Washington, Williamstown, and E. Corinth, including th...

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Spirit Beyond Lyrics

Dear Editor: The holiday season was here and along with expressions of glad tidings and good will came the entreaties to “ keep Christ in Christmas” and not to say “Happy Holidays” and in so doing bow to “political correctness.” As I reflect on my own feelings about this, I wonder if perhaps we need a different perspective. A friend sent me a tradi...

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