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August 3rd, 2015

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Local Business Helps Girls/Boyz First

Editor, On behalf of Girls/Boyz First, I would like to thank Sarduccis for supporting our program by hosting June 9 as a full day of donating a percentage of profits to Girls/Boyz First. Friends and supporters of mentoring were able to come out and dine in a lovely atmosphere, enjoy a delicious meal and know that they were also helping our program...

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Thank you to Bikers For Beth!

Editor, On May 17, 2015, I was blessed and honored to be one of the recipients of the Seventh Annual Beth Hemenway Memorial Ride and Poker Run, that benefits adults battling cancer. To say that the event was a success would be an understatement. It was a perfect day, beautiful weather, and a large number of riders (approx. 170) came out to support...

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How Times Do Change

Editor, Harry S. Truman, before he became 33rd President of the United States on April 12, 1945, was a Senator from the great state of Missouri. Truman served his country with honor as an artillery officer in World War I. As a Senator during the Second World War, Truman was appointed to head an oversight committee appropriately named the Truman Com...

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Solar Expansion in Vermont Must be Done Responsibly

Editor, There is currently a controversy in Taftsville regarding the installation of a commercial solar farm by an out-of-state developer on a scenic Rte 4 byway and Historic District. It is a village historic neighborhood. This will be happening in all of our towns across the state. I moved to Vermont 20 years ago and love the beauty of this state...

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Thanks to All Those Who Made GMFF a Success

Editor, First, we would like to thank everyone for supporting and attending this year’s 18th Green Mountain Film Festival. Your continued support, attendance and enthusiasm was very appreciated and wonderful for the staff, interns, volunteers and Focus on Film board to witness. Second, we want to thank all of our volunteers! Without all of your ded...

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Montpelier Could Benefit from Smoking Ban

Editor, I applaud the effort from New Directions to ban smoking in downtown Montpelier. In a recent news story on this initiative, Mayor Hollar is quoted as saying that, in the past 25 years, he has never been burdened by cigarette smoke in downtown Montpelier. I wonder if Mayor Hollar ever had to stand at a bus stop. As someone who has stood at th...

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Beware of Barbecued Bugs

Editor, What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? This year, it’s all about food poisoning by the nasty E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria bugs lurking in hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets at millions of backyard barbecues. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline...

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Barre Nice Work during Green Up Week!

Editor, We are very proud of the way that the citizens of Barre went about cleaning the roadsides and parks in the city. Participants filled over 400 green up bags last week and covered over 20 miles of streets that desperately needed help. Spaulding High School itself had about 100 student volunteers and more than 60 community members selected str...

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Precious Lives

Editor, Apparently there are those who appear to believe that it is perfectly alright to jest about taking one’s own life or otherwise suicide in general. Sadly, up until only recently, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin had been among those repeatedly doing so. By joking about it in the manner he has on several different occasions, the message the Gov...

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Pay for Who and for What?

Editor, Once again some legislators want us all to pay a carbon tax so Vermont can lead the way in carbon reduction. Missing from this rhetoric is the fact that Vermont once DID lead the way: when Vermont Yankee was operating, we had the lowest carbon emissions per capita for electricity production. Then Vermont Yankee’s power contract expired in M...

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