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April 23rd, 2014

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We Should Have the Right to Choose What is Best for Us and Our Families

Editor:   As a licensed home childcare provider of 46 years, I have worked hard to establish my 3-star program and serve many families here in Central Vermont. Being a provider and building relationships with my parents and children has allowed me to become an expert when it comes to knowing what my families need. At times I feel as if I could...

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Support Good Beginnings on Town Meeting Day

Editor:   Imagine a place where all families feel supported and have the tools they need to raise their children. Good Beginnings of Central Vermont has been doing this for 22 years and it will be appearing on many of the ballots on Town Meeting Day.   GBCV’s primary commitment is to provide support, mentorship, and education, through wee...

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Thank You, Charlie Phillips

Editor: I would like to thank Montpelier School Board members Charlie Phillips and Lowell VanDerlip for listening to the needs of Montpelier by creating an alternative to the proposed school budget. Unfortunately, on January 22, there were other agendas at play and it didn’t get the attention it deserved.   The superintendent would have us bel...

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Montpelier Tax Increases are Unaffordable

Editor: As I look around this city that I love, I wonder, how much longer will we be able to afford living here? How long will it be before the tax increases the residents of Montpelier continue voting to support make living in this city a choice between paying our taxes or heating our home? We already live at 60 degrees in the winter months, and d...

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Eight Reasons to Support John Hollar

Editor:   My list of the top eight reasons for supporting John Hollar for Mayor of Montpelier is as follows:   1. The City Council is functioning well under his leadership.   2. The Planning Commission is no longer dysfunctional.   3. John Hollar is implementing the Carr Lot project.   4. John Hollar values everybody’s opin...

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Thank You from Friends of the Aldrich

  Editor:   As president of The Friends of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, I would like to express my thanks to all who helped make our Winter Dinner and Auction such a success. We exceeded the proceeds from last year! Once again, Barre came through for our library! It was a different venue and a different menu, but the feeling of ca...

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Montpelier Pre-Town Meeting on Feb. 20

  Editor:   As they prepare to vote March 4, Montpelier citizens will have an opportunity to learn more about our ballot items, including the municipal and school budgets, at our second annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 20 at Montpelier High School at 7:00 pm. The event will also be broadcast on Channel 17.   Recent lette...

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Support for Hollar, Hooper, Guerlain and Turcotte

  Editor: As a fairly well-known son of Montpelier, having grown up here from the late 1940’s to mid-1960’s and then returning to live in my native home in the late 1990’s, I have witnessed the objectives and actions of a number of different mayors and city councilors over the years.   I strongly urge the voters in Montpelier to support o...

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Paid Sick Leave Should be a Basic Right

  Editor:   Last Thursday, I was offended by opposition testimony to paid sick leave. As a young adult, I worked hard to pay my bills and raise my son, struggling with growing debt. For most of my life, I worked in the food service industry. If I got sick, a shift was lost or I could trade shifts with a co-worker. Shift trades were my res...

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Justin Turcotte for Montpelier City Council

  Editor:   I recommend voting for Justin Turcotte as Montpelier District 3 Council member in the upcoming election on March 4.   Justin lives and works in Montpelier and he and his wife are raising their kids here, so he’s going to be involved in and care about our community. He worked with the citizen budget study for the City in 2...

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