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December 8th, 2016

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The Legislature Does Not Deficit Spend

Editor, Some on the campaign trail suggest that the Vermont legislature has engaged in deficit spending over the last 14 years. That is simply not true. Here’s how the budget process works in Vermont. Each year the legislature works from projected revenue for the next fiscal year, and the House and Senate pass a balanced budget for that year based...

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Will the Presidential Candidates Ever Address Real Issues?

Editor, The presidential debates so far have been a joke….and embarrassing! Tens of millions of Americans will be watching the debate the night of October 19 — and they deserve a serious discussion on the big issues facing our nation, like the future of Social Security. If the next President doesn’t take bold action on Social Security, we cou...

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Support for LaClair and McFaun

Editor, I vote early, and I have already cast my votes to re-elect Rob LaClair and Topper McFaun to the Vermont House of Representatives from Barre Town. I had the good fortune to work side by side with Topper for ten years when I was also a member of the House. He has become a very respected voice of moderation in the legislature. As the ranking m...

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The Police Problem

Editor, In judging the actions of the police in their recent killings of African-Americans, it is essential to understand that police are the domestic enforcement arm of the state. I use the term “state” broadly to include all legally constituted civil authority, be it federal, state, or municipal. And therein lies the tale: how these “authorities”...

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Sue Supports Young Families

Editor, This coming November, we select the next leader of our state. As a lifelong Vermonter, who’s working hard to raise my young family here, I’m supporting Sue Minter for Governor. My husband and I met in high school, attended college together, and now live in central Vermont, just miles from our parents’ homes. Last year, we celebrated the bir...

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Josh Fitzhugh for Senate

Editor, Josh Fitzhugh is a candidate for Washington County Senate and I can think of no one better qualified for that position. As a fellow board member and Past President of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation, I have witnessed first-hand his commitment to creating good paying, long-term jobs, investment in workforce development,...

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Support Johnson/Weld

Editor, The Libertarian ticket of Johnson for President and Weld for Vice President provides a huge amount of government executive experience acquired when they were governors of their states. I believe governors are the most qualified politicians to ascend to the Presidency. With this ticket we have a former governor available to assume the Presid...

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The Minter Record vs. The Scott Record

Editor, Sue Minter recently said that she will “support Vermont families and businesses” as Governor. However, her record suggests otherwise. In 2009, Minter voted for the disastrous budget bill. In the middle of the Great Recession, the bill raised income taxes on Vermonters by $26 million, used one-time funds to plug recurring budget holes (which...

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Guest Opinion: Funding Shortage for Meals on Wheels in Central Vermont—What Happens to Hungry Seniors?

By Beth Stern, Executive Director, CVCOA and Kathy Paquet, Nutrition and Wellness Director, CVCOA The meals on wheels program for seniors has been around for over 50 years, and in central Vermont, our senior centers and meal sites produce over 200,000 meals per year, with federal funding contributed by Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA). But...

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Dangerous Donald Trump

Editor, Dangerous Donald Trump (DDT) might be a threat to our viability. He could try to assume dictatorial powers and abolish the Constitution, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Some of his supporters are far right extremists. His candidacy is reminiscent of the Fascists in Germany, Italy, and Japan during the 1930s and 1940s. DDT has unwittingly p...

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