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July 28th, 2014

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Public Has a Right to Paddle on Berlin Pond

  Editor:   In the last election, voters in the Town of Berlin overwhelmingly supported non-motorized access to Berlin pond. I was in favor of access two years ago and I stand even more convicted on the issue today. Leading up to the vote, a small group of landowners and preservationists began circulating a list of “talking points” in an...

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Concerned About Recreational Use of Berlin Pond

Editor:   Ever since the May 2012 Vermont Supreme Court decision concerning issues of jurisdiction over access to Berlin Pond essentially opened it to human recreational use, which up until then had been protected for over a century, I have been seriously concerned about the very real threat that human recreational access creates for the publi...

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Population Growth Doesn’t Decrease Poverty

  Editor: 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s “unconditional war on poverty.” Economists and politicians often say that the best way to improve our economy is to grow the population because that creates more consumers and therefore more demand for goods and services including construction of new homes. It turns out, h...

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Protect Yourself and Your Family from Lyme Disease

Editor: Every month should be Lyme and Tick Borne Disease Awareness Month. Sadly, this is a spreading disease in Vermont and ticks can be out and alive in all kinds of weather because they have warm bodied hosts like deer and mice to keep them warm. While we stop feeding birds because of the bears, it is a good idea also not to give ticks a free ai...

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Tax Dollars Not Used to Influence Montpelier School Vote

  Editor: I am writing to respond to a letter that ran in the April 16 edition of your newspaper. The letter claimed that Montpelier Public Schools took out a $900 ad in The Bridge “to try to influence the outcome of the re-vote” on the school budget. This is not true. At no time did we use taxpayer dollars to advocate for passage of the schoo...

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Green Up and Avoiding Ticks

  Editor: Green Up VT and your backyard let’s us know it is spring. Ticks are becoming more prevalent all over New England and Lyme Disease has become “epidemic” in Vermont. Prevention is key. Billions of nymphs the size of poppy seeds are waiting in leaf litter for a meal – you, a mouse, a rabbit, etc.  Adult ticks are fewer, but equall...

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Green Up Barre City

  Editor: Last year’s Green Up event had a phenomenal turnout, and this year we’re hoping for even more participation. As you (and your tires) may know, Barre’s roads have had a very rough winter. Melting snow has left behind massive amounts of trash, a very disconcerting sight. That is why Green Up Day/Week will be so vital this year. Spauldi...

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Rescind the Potholes, Not the Bond

  Editor:   Early in Waterbury’s history, it is assumed the voters voted for roads, streets, bridge, schools, etc. Now if only those votes had been rescinded, we would have no potholes, no schools, no town and no taxes. How perfect would that be? How fortunate we be that there were no rescinders, and how fortunate we’d be if there were no...

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Vote “No” on Bond Rescission

  Editor:   I would like to thank the Waterbury Selectboard and the Municipal Building Committee for their many long, tedious and I’m sure frustrating hours negotiating the location and design of the new municipal complex. On March 4th, Town Meeting Day, approximately 40% of Waterbury voters voted. The proposed municipal complex passed “8...

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Berlin Should Retain Control of Public Safety Services

  Editor:   In the coming weeks a petition will likely be circulating requesting Berlin residents to vote on the regional public safety authority charter. If the town of Berlin votes yes on this item, it will join Berlin to a regional governing authority and merge Berlin’s public safety services (police, fire, EMS) with Barre City and Mon...

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