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July 24th, 2016

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Forum to Discuss Marshfield Zoning Revision

Editor, How does local zoning shape the town we live in? Where does it come from? What can we do to effect it? On Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in the kitchen of the Old Schoolhouse Common in Marshfield, a forum will be held to discuss zoning. Members of the Marshfield Planning Commission along with representatives from the Regional Planning Commissi...

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Family Caregivers: The Largest Unpaid Workforce in the Nation

Editor, At Central Vermont Council on Aging, we provide a wide range of services to empower seniors to live healthy, dignified and meaningful lives. Did you know that as part of our mission we support the many family members who are caregivers for elder loved ones? We sponsor activities such as Caregiver Teas and family caregiver education, and pro...

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Vermont Riddled with Lobbyists and Bad Money Skills

Editor, Our state is truly suffering with the good ole boy club aka nepotism. A friend of mine, Angelo, turned me onto money trails in Vermont, and it’s a sordid mess. However, our problems are solved by better ethics. A major criterion for ethics grading is being able to follow the money. Vermont earned a D- in Ethics. Vermont is struggling with a...

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Guest Opinion: Vermont Climate Economy Partnership

By Paul Costello, Executive Director Vermont Council on Rural Development At the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) we get to work with rural towns throughout Vermont where we rally everyone to pull together, review all the issues before the community, evaluate potential collective action, set priorities, and line up together to advance th...

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National Foster Care Month

Editor, May is Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate the hundreds of foster and kinship foster families in Vermont who provide safe, nurturing homes for children while they can’t be at home. It is with deep appreciation that the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families thanks them for their generosity, caring, and willi...

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Phil Scott ‘Gets It’

Editor, I’m doing my best to put the race for the presidency out of my mind. Thankfully, Vermont has a respectable slate of candidates for governor, all of whom have the chops and integrity to make good leaders. Personally I’m weary of the “race” to be the first state to “fill in the blank”. I want a governor without ambitions for a political caree...

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Statehouse Candidates Wanted

Editor, This is a call for help. Governor Shumlin and the Democrats’ super majority in the legislature are bankrupting our state, making it unaffordable for young and old, and driving many to leave the state. This simply must change. There is an urgent need to bring financial sense back to the Statehouse. Over the past five years, the state has inc...

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Globalize! Globalize!

Editor, Our globalized economic system, capitalism, has transcended all nation-states and become a monolith with a stranglehold on all social, political, and environmental functions. Its governing principle of return-on-capital takes precedence over any other law – natural or otherwise – and is enforced regardless of consequences to people or the p...

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Europe Under Attack

Editor, Since WWII, Europe has welcomed tens of millions of Muslims from Africa and the Middle East who replaced the murdered Jews of Europe. Germany is leading the way, allowing 1 million Muslims to enter in 2015, and plans to bring in 1 million more in 2016. This will swell its Muslim population to 5 million. France has 6 million Muslims, the UK...

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Help Make Green Up a Success

Editor, Last year’s Green Up event was a great success and this year we’re hoping for even more participation. Barre City has been left tarnished by trash and debris from this past fall and winter. Spaulding’s Action for the Environment (S.A.F.E.) is currently organizing this event and gathering Green Up bags and gloves to distribute. We are encour...

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