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April 17th, 2014

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A Mixed Picture For This Sunshine Week

  by Patrick Leahy     Two things can always be said about the public’s right to know: It is everlastingly important in an open, representative democracy, and it always faces threats from nibbling erosion.   Sunshine Week each year is a time to take stock of how we are doing in defending the right to know what our government is...

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Independent School Students Deserve Access to Sports and Extracurricular Activities

  Editor:     I am writing to advocate on behalf of independent school students that do not have funds for certain sports or extracurricular activities not currently offered in their schools. At this time in Vermont, home school children are allowed to participate in public school sporting and extracurricular events, but independent...

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I Am Not John Anderson

  Editor:   A surprising number of people have recently suggested that I need to clarify that I am not John Anderson.   Rather, I am Jon Anderson. I reside in Montpelier with my wife Betsy at our B&B. I practice law and have been active in public policy issues in Montpelier for a long time.   I love Barre and have no reason...

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Help Available for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Editor: I lost my youngest brother, Jerry, at age 30, to suicide 23 years ago. He had struggled valiantly with varying degrees of success, for six years after his first episode of bipolar mania and hospitalization. Despite our awareness of his challenges, his death shocked all who knew him. He was a good man, kind, generous, wise for his years, and...

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Paid Sick Time is Good for Everyone

Editor: I am a Vermont small business owner. I have five full-time employees who I value very much. Sometimes they get sick. I can’t afford to provide health care benefits for them, but I can certainly encour-age them to take care of themselves by staying home from work on the days they feel under the weather. The best way I can do that is to conti...

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Vote “No” on Montpelier School Budget

  Editor: As a recently retired educator in a public university system I want to urge Montpelier residents to vote no on the upcoming school budget vote.   The prospect of an almost 25% increase in the school budget over two years with a 13% proposed increase this coming year is not only reckless and irresponsible, it is damaging to those...

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Re-Elect Hollar and Guerlain for Montpelier

Editor:     On Town Meeting Day, I’ll be casting my vote to re-elect Mayor John Hollar and District 2 Council Member Thierry Guerlain.   Under their leadership, Montpelier has taken significant steps to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The city now has a vibrant bicycle advisory committee and a vibrant pedestrian advisory...

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We Should Have the Right to Choose What is Best for Us and Our Families

Editor:   As a licensed home childcare provider of 46 years, I have worked hard to establish my 3-star program and serve many families here in Central Vermont. Being a provider and building relationships with my parents and children has allowed me to become an expert when it comes to knowing what my families need. At times I feel as if I could...

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Support Good Beginnings on Town Meeting Day

Editor:   Imagine a place where all families feel supported and have the tools they need to raise their children. Good Beginnings of Central Vermont has been doing this for 22 years and it will be appearing on many of the ballots on Town Meeting Day.   GBCV’s primary commitment is to provide support, mentorship, and education, through wee...

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Thank You, Charlie Phillips

Editor: I would like to thank Montpelier School Board members Charlie Phillips and Lowell VanDerlip for listening to the needs of Montpelier by creating an alternative to the proposed school budget. Unfortunately, on January 22, there were other agendas at play and it didn’t get the attention it deserved.   The superintendent would have us bel...

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