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July 21st, 2018

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He Wants to Spend Money We Don’t Have

To the Editor, As a man of high principles, Governor Scott vowed that there would be no new taxes and no new fees. We presumed these principles included sound fiscal management, not spending money we don’t have and a good bit of Yankee common sense. We also supposed he had a sound plan to balance the budget while building our economy and protecting...

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My Fellow Vermonters

Dear Editor, According to the chief education bureaucrat in Montpelier, Phil Scott, in 1997, there were 104,000 students in Vermont’s preK-12 schools. Today, Vermont has 75,000 students. That number is predicted to fall to 69,000 in the next five years, and fall again to 65,000 by 2030. 1997 was the year ACT 60, Vermont’s statewide education proper...

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Guest Opinion: Politicians Should Set Aside Politics

By Pat McDonald, President of Campaign for Vermont: Vermonters and their hard-earned dollars are exhausted from experiencing the rollercoaster ride that is our government’s approach to economic policy. Despite repeated pleas from Vermonters to address affordability and avoid upward pressures on tax bills, this session has once again left them with...

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Guest Opinion:Teens, Intoxicants, and Texting this Prom and Graduation Season

By Deb Paul, Publisher of the Londonderry Times A driver’s license mixed with a few drinks, texting, and pot is dangerous for anyone, but the reckless combination can be even more so for inexperienced drivers. Even when a parent trusts his or her own teenager to be conscientious, being certain that other teenagers will do the same is impossible. As...

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Guest Opinion: Some VT Lawmakers Could Send Workers, Homeowners, and Small Businesses Fleeing

By Shawn Shouldice, Capital Connections, LLC As the Vermont General Assembly closes out this legislative session, NFIB, which represents more than a thousand small-business owners in the state, urges the legislature to consider the cumulative impact of the costly mandates being considered. These proposals will make it harder for small-business owne...

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Guest Opinion: The Trouble With Roadside Saliva Tests

By Chloé White, Policy Director, ACLU of Vermont In the wake of marijuana legalization, many states are looking for new ways to keep impaired drivers off the road. Unfortunately, some proposals would lead to problematic and possibly unconstitutional police practices. One such idea is warrantless roadside saliva testing. During a roadside saliva tes...

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It Is Time for the Legislature to Act

Guest Opinion: The Executive Director of the Vermont Progressive Party issued the following statement calling on the Vermont Legislature to pass a ban on corporate donations to parties and candidates. The Progressive Party analyzed the most recent campaign finance reports filed by the 3 major Vermont parties. We found that the Republican Party rece...

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Guest Opinion: Are We Biased? 

By Kathie Starkweather kathies@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Are we biased? The short answer is yes – everyone is, like it or not. Our brains categorize people based on what we’ve learned from our family, community, television, social media, and other sources. Our brains, in part, function like a filing cabinet where we store “information” – a...

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Talk about Reefer Madness!

To the Editor, The Vermont House right now is considering S216, which would – incredibly – allow medical marijuana to be prescribed as “treatment” for any medical condition. Is marijuana the new Wonder Drug now? Sufferers of this condition hallucinate to the point that they believe this psychosis-inducing drug is of benefit for every kn...

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Green Up in Barre

Dear Editor, Green Up Day is quickly approaching! This spring, Green Up Day is Saturday, May 5th, and continues for the week after. Last year was very successful, and this year we would love to have even more participation. If you are interested in making Barre beautiful for spring, contact John Lewis (jlewishs@u61.net, (802) 476-4811 ext. 2221) at...

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