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August 16th, 2017

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Central Vermont Council on Aging Grateful to “Age Out Loud” Community Partners

Editor, On Friday, June 9, the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) held its first major fundraiser at the Barre Opera House. “Age Out Loud” was an evening of personal comedic storytelling and music created around humorous themes involving aging and families. This event also included a silent auction and the seventh annual “Art of Creative Agin...

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Gov. Scott doesn’t Deserve Political Heat from Teachers Union

Editor, Governor Phil Scott has been taking a lot of undeserved political heat from the VT NEA teacher’s union and their allies in the VT Democrat party regarding his courageous stand to save the VT taxpayer $26 million dollars. This considerable savings would come by having teacher health insurance contracts negotiated at the state level. I don’t...

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Thanks for Helping Make Food Drive a Success

Editor, Again this year, I want to thank the people of the greater Barre area for generously donating food to the National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive. St. Monica Catholic and United Hedding Methodist Churches coordinate with the Barre Post Office to collect, sort, and box food for use in the food shelves of the two churches. W...

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Marijuana Legalization is a Bad Idea

Editor, If marijuana is legalized it is only common sense that it will increase availability, use and associated problems. A reduced perception of risk message to youth from legalization for any recreational amount is a green light one that it is OK to use pot thus risking damage to their developing brains. Brain damage from exposure can happen in...

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Guest Opinion: A BAD Deal for Vermont

Withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is a BAD deal for Vermont. On the global stage, President Trump’s unilateral action is an abdication of American leadership. His disregard for our strategic allies and global trading partners will have immediate and long-term implications. His impetuousness makes America less secure, less...

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Guest Opinion: Doubling-Down on Vermont’s Environment

By Julie Moore Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources President Trump’s call to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, slash federal funding for clean air and water, and reduce protections for threatened and endangered species have made national headlines, and created grim reading for those who care about protecting the health of our people a...

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Gratitude for Green Up Day 2017

Editor, I would like to express greetings and gratitude to many who made Green Up Day 2017 a vibrant reality. Thank you! To the volunteers: Over 22,000 people of all walks of life and varied ages volunteered to come out and clean up litter from Vermont’s roadsides, public and natural spaces and waterways. They did this before, during and after the...

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Guest Opinion: Toxic Waters

By Corrina Parnapy, District Manager Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District With recent heavy rains in the Northeast there is concern about wastewater flowing untreated directly into our lakes and rivers. Growth, aging infrastructure and increased storm intensity are resulting in wastewater spilling and leaching untreated sewage into wate...

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Vermont Honors Desert Storm Veterans

Editor, On May 20, 2017 at 11 a.m., Desert Storm Veterans and their families will be honored by Vermont Veterans Service organizations and the State with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the Fair Haven, VT American Legion Post 49 dedicating VT Route 22A as the “Desert Storm Veterans Memorial Highway.” Past VT State VFW Commander Steve Leach p...

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Aldrich Library Vote

Editor, I was going to refrain from commenting on the Barre Town vote on the Aldrich Public Library until I was asked by a recent high school graduate what voting yes on Article 5 meant when I was putting up a lawn sign to support the vote. When I explained what it was for she said I always used the library when I was a student and my friends hang...

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