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May 1st, 2016

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Empty Bowl Benefit a Success

Editor, The Third Annual Empty Bowl Benefit for the Vermont Foodbank was a huge success. Held at The Mud Studio in Middlesex on February 13, the benefit raised $5500, which translates into 16,500 meals for our neighbors in need. A true community affair, benefits like ours are crucial in helping the Foodbank ease the food insecurity faced by one qua...

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Sanders Socialist Revolution

Editor, Bernie Sanders is a Socialist who would upset our established economic principles. Sanders wants to penalize the successful wealthy people in this country by increasing their taxes, reducing their wealth, and redistributing the money to less successful people. He is a proponent of mediocrity and questions American Capitalism and the free en...

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Invitation to a Workshop on Energy Efficient Homes & Financing

Editor, Dear friends and neighbors, are you interested in owning your own mobile or modular home or know someone else who is? Would you like to know more about the most energy efficient options available and some new programs to help make those new homes affordable? Do you have a home that could use energy updates? You’re invited to an important pr...

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Fund Parent Child Centers: Prevention Work Is an Investment in our Children’s Future

By Claire Kendall – Co-Executive Director Family Center of Washington County The ripples and shockwaves from the tragic shooting events that occurred in our community last August can still be felt throughout the state. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of the victims who are our neighbors. At the heart of our response to this trag...

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Susan Minter is Wrong on Basic Federal Firearm Law

By Chris Bradley President – Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs Susan Minter last week issued a letter on her web site containing the following incorrect statement: “This may shock you – right now, there is no federal law that makes straw purchasing a crime. Straw purchasing, or purchasing a gun for someone who is already prohibite...

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Bernie in the South

Editor, “Conventional wisdom” says that there is no way a socialist can win the U.S. presidency. Eugene V. Debs tried and failed in the WW I era, as did Henry Wallace, who ran as the Progressive Party candidate in 1948. But the problem with conventional wisdom is that yesterday, when the “convention” was established, isn’t today – and the realities...

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This is Why Vermont is Bankrupt

Editor, Not so long ago, Vermont citizens had direct control over school costs and education taxes. We had local control. If Vermonters knew that local boards were not spending their hard earned tax dollars wisely in educating our town’s children, we could vote “NO” on the school budget. The school boards would go back to the drawing board and pres...

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Exit 4 Development Will Destroy its Ambience

Editor, The massive 172-acre development planned for Exit 4 in Randolph would destroy the ambiance of this now fairly rural exit and make our beautiful state contain exits more like so many of those in most other states. This development would also take away valuable agricultural and open land. As climate change worsens, droughts become more preval...

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Vermont Veterans’ Home Stands Out Nationally

Editor, During the past year, The Vermont Veterans’ Home has been noted as one of the finest Veterans’ Homes in the nation! Continuing that trend over the course of the last twelve months, Pinnacle Quality Insight, a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm, has interviewed the customers of Vermont Veterans Home regarding their satisfaction...

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Citizen Advocates and Good Government Ensure All Vermonters are Heard

By Deb Markowitz Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources When I was first elected to public office at the age of 37, I was lucky enough to have a mentor, Tom Lehner, who had spent most of his career in public administration. I first met him when I was a young law clerk to Supreme court Justice Louis Peck and he was the Court Administrator. T...

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