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April 26th, 2018

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Guest Opinion:Local Control Is Key to Public Education Success

Guest Opinion: Local Control Is Key to Public Education Success By Martha Heath Twenty years ago Vermont made a firm commitment to retain local control of decisions about school spending. This carefully considered choice came in the wake of the Brigham decision in 1997, when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled the state’s education funding system was u...

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Guest Opinion:Congress Funds Rural Programs

By Anna Johnson, annaj@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Last month, Congress passed its spending bill for this year, which funds the federal government through Sept. 30, 2018. We are glad to see that it provides support for rural America. First, Congress provided healthy funding for conservation. Not only did lawmakers refrain from cutting farm b...

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Thank you!

To the Editor, The board, staff, and volunteers at Good Beginnings would like to thank voters throughout Central Vermont for your support on Town Meeting Day. Thanks to you, we bring community to hundreds of families and babies each year through our Postpartum Angel volunteers, Nest drop-in space, Birthing Year workshops for expectant parents, and...

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Guest Opinion:Printers and Publishers Unite to Launch Coalition to Stop Baseless Newsprint Tariffs

Dear Editor: Today, members of the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries, which employ more than 600,000 workers, are announcing the formation of Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), a coalition to fight proposed countervailing duties (CVD) and anti-dumping duties (AD) on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers in...

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Guest Opinion:Business Planning 101

By Rhea Landholm, rheal@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs The most effective development strategy for rural communities is small entrepreneurship – locally-owned and operated small businesses. The first step in creating a small business is having a great idea. Next is writing a good business plan to help you make superior business decisions. Busin...

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Guest Opinion:Legislators Should Stand With Voters

By Allen Gilbert There have been some very good ideas, and some very bad ideas, over the years about changing the state’s education funding system. One of the best ideas came more than a hundred years ago, when Gov. William Dillingham proposed a statewide education tax to equalize school resources across the state. Some school districts had tax rat...

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“Competitive” Crow Shoot? Try Using Beer Cans for Target Practice Instead

Dear Editor, Soon readers will think I enjoy sending Letters to the Editor but continued outrageous behavior on the part of “so called hunters” compels me to write yet another! First it was the coyote “contest” now it is a “competitive” crow shoot event sponsored by the Boonie Club of which Mark McCarthy is the president. As most know Mark is co-ow...

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I Don’t Understand the Ultimate Goal to Legalize Marijuana- Do You?

I Don’t Understand the Ultimate Goal to Legalize Marijuana- Do You? Dear Editor: First I would like to say I enjoy the many well written informative and thoughtful columns by the world. Editor, I am so disappointed in VT’s current administration and all our elected officials at the State House, that voted for the “stupid pot bill!” And thanks to th...

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Thank You McDonald’s!

Thank You McDonald’s! Dear Editor: In early February I received, a call from Debra Ackley of Coughlin Inc. Debra invited us, City Hotel CafŽ Meals on Wheels, to participate in the Grand Reopening of McDonald’s in South Barre. We arrived at McDonald’s the morning of February 17th with the generous opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community...

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Guest Opinion: Vermont Libertarian Party Opposes Governor Scott’s Change of Heart on Gun Control

Guest Opinion: Vermont Libertarian Party Opposes Governor Scott’s Change of Heart on Gun Control Governor Phil Scott hasn’t been paying attention if he thinks Vermonters will sit idly by as he changes his position and enacts new gun control. The ocean of orange at the January 30th statehouse hearing should be enough to inform anyone that Vermonters...

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