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August 28th, 2016

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Guest Opinion: Perception and Reality about Vermont Migration

By Stephanie Yu Young people and rich people are moving to Vermont. If this surprises you, you aren’t alone. You’re more likely to hear that the young and the wealthy are fleeing Vermont for better opportunities. Your neighbors bought a condo and moved to Florida. Your daughter got a good job and took off for Chicago. So yes, people move out of Ver...

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We Must Reverse Disastrous Policies

Editor, I love Vermont for many reasons, but two of the most important reasons are the beauty of our landscape and our devotion to our schools. On both fronts, Vermont has been moving in the wrong direction. The Shumlin administration’s policy of fast tracking industrial wind and solar has done immeasurable damage to our landscape. Act 46, the Shum...

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Other People’s Money, Other People’s Misery

Editor, There’s a vocal segment of Vermonters who consistently decry what they see as “the liberal” tendency to spend “other people’s money” on social programs. I ran across this most recently in comments supporting gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott’s public statement that he’s pretty sure that $50 million can be cut from Medicaid. Objections from...

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Help, what is the Green Mountain Passport Good for?

Editor, We are hoping someone in your readership can provide us with the information we are looking for. As senior citizens, we each have a state of Vermont Green Mountain Passport. It states it gives “free admission to state-sponsored public events, exhibits, concerts, museums, state parks, historical sites and lands.” We are looking for a list of...

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VT Public Records – Cornerstone of Government Transparency

By Secretary of State Jim Condos Records management is not exactly an exciting topic, but when a particular record is the focus of a request or controversy, it becomes critically important in that moment. Those records are owned by the State of Vermont and are incredibly valuable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are accountability a...

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Guest Opinion: Please Support Legal Action to Keep Montpelier’s Drinking Water Clean

By Isabelle Boutin, Lilli Curtin and Sanela Bikic For over 130 years, the city of Montpelier has used Berlin Pond as its water source. For many years, recreation on the pond was restricted due to concerns about water quality. However, recently this has changed. In 2009, a couple, arrested for boating on the pond, brought up a controversy involving...

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Hope Cemetery Needs Better Care

Editor, I was saddened and upset when I went to Hope Cemetery to my family’s grave stone and markers. My whole family is buried there. We planted flowers on Thursday and went back on Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, of all days, the cemetery was disgusting! This is Hope Cemetery for heaven’s sake, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. My...

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Fulfill Navy Commitment

Editor, A current graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Keenan Reynolds, requested his service time be deferred so he can play in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens drafted him. As a former Navy enlisted and officer I am highly disappointed with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus who submitted a request to the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter strongly reco...

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Negative Media has Effect on Society

Editor, We feel that negative media is a problem in society that needs solving. The media is ridiculously unbalanced. We observed that on all major news websites, over 70% of the news is negative! Jon Gordon, an international best-selling author, said,” A society in a state of depression can’t think its way out of a crisis.” People are being brainw...

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Thank You From Bikers For Beth

Editor, This year’s Bikers For Beth Memorial Poker Run and Motorcycle Ride was another huge success. With 106 motorcycles and an estimated 200 people for the BBQ, we raised $8148 to our two beneficiaries, Lynn Craig and Mike Lamberton. Thank you to the community for 8 years of success and we cant wait for next year! Matthew Walker...

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