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April 26th, 2015

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Barre Blood Drive a Success

Editor, I would like to thank everyone who made our recent Barre Blood Drive a success. We collected 100 pints of life-saving blood, which will help restore the supply depleted by the cancellation of drives due to the weather. Special thanks go to the Barre Elks Club and Project Independence for providing the space and the goodies for our donors. W...

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Vermonters Need Vermont Interactive Technologies

Editor, I am a nursing student at Vermont Technical College. Our college, as well as many other colleges, companies, and people in Vermont, use Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) for educational and training programs. Governor Shumlin has decided to cut funding for VIT to $0 in FY16. This means that VIT will cease to exist by July 1, 2015. VIT...

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Chiropractor Services Must Be Kept Safe in FY16 Budget

Editor, I am writing to express my disapproval of the plan to cut chiropractor services from state plan Medicaid. Chiropractor services are vital, especially for people whose epilepsy isn’t fully controlled with medication and those who have to endure debilitating side affects like insomnia, which leads to difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, w...

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Empty Bowl Benefit Raises Nearly $6,000 for Vermont Foodbank

Editor, For yet another year, the generosity and goodwill of the people of Central Vermont made the Empty Bowl Benefit for the Vermont Foodbank a successful fundraising event, and one that will help Vermonters in need to put food on their tables for themselves and their families this winter. Over 200 people turned out at MUD Studio in Middlesex on...

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Elderly Need to be Treated Better

Editor, I am writing this letter to inform the public of the mess our medical facilities are in. My mother became ill right after Christmas of 2014. She was brought by ambulance to CVH. We had no problems at the hospital. They were polite and helpful. We were told she would be transferred to either Fletcher Allen or Dartmouth-Hitchcock. We chose Da...

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Why Not Keep Jobs in Vermont?

Editor, The University of Vermont “Health Network” and Central Vermont Medical Center do not believe in hiring Vermont residents to do even fundamental tasks of billing and crediting payments. Instead, as I learned today when looking at a bill from CVMC, Central Vermont Medical Center lists its address as P. O. Box 473, Amherst, NH, a small town in...

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Support Aldrich Public Library by Voting Yes on Barre City Budget

Editor, I will be supporting the Barre city budget March 3, largely because the ability of the Aldrich Public Library to serve Barre will be greatly enhanced by a “yes” vote. A big chunk of the library’s operating budget rests in the overall city 2015-2016 budget. The library receives no direct state funding, and while I and the other Friends of th...

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U-32 School Board is Asking For Your Support

Editor, The challenge of operating schools these days is encapsulated in the budgeting process. In these times of declining enrollment, rising property taxes, and an ever-expanding list of expectations for our schools, achieving the proper balance between our educational responsibility to our students and our fiscal responsibility to our tax-paying...

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Act 39 Needs to Be Fixed or Repealed

Editor, On Feb. 18, I attended the VT Senate Health & Welfare Committee hearing regarding Act 39 (assisted suicide/aid in dying). The hearing was to address two topics: Is Act 39 working and do we let the safeguards sunset in 2016 as presently stated in Act 39? Up front, I will say that I am in favor of Repealing Act 39. Over the years I have...

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The Diet of Lent

Editor, This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’s 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry. But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, envi...

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