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July 26th, 2014

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Vote ‘No’ on Revised Montpelier School Budget

  Editor:   In a letter to the editor in The World urging people to vote no on the Montpelier school budget proposal in March, I ended with the statement: “It is only by saying no to the proposed school budget that there might be some hope of conveying to those who control the purse strings that we’re not in la-la land but dealing with li...

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In Support of a Livable Wage

  Editor:   I am writing this letter because I believe a livable wage bill should be put on the front burner. I support H.522 which would put the minimum wage up to $12.50/hr. This is a good start towards reaching a livable wage. It would give thousands of Vermonters a chance to access things like mental health services or much needed den...

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H.883 Is Not What Vermont Schools Need

  Editor:   There have been many Vermont initiatives to consolidate schools. All have failed because they failed to take local opinions into account. Why then is the legislature accelerating H.883 without study or reflection? If passed, H.883 would consolidate 282 local districts into 50 or so “extended districts.” I believe H.883 would h...

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PHWC: Meeting The Needs of the Uninsured and Underinsured

  Editor:   What a difference a day makes. Monday, all day and into the evening, we were busier than usual at the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic. In addition to taking care of our patients, we were swamped with a last-minute influx of people rushing to meet the deadline for signing up for health insurance through Vermont Health Con...

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It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month and You Can Make a Difference

  Editor:   On April 1st at the State House, Governor Shumlin proclaimed April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in Vermont. Our beautiful state has much to recommend it as an outstanding place to raise children. We have many small schools with small classes and research tells us that this is beneficial especially for young children. We...

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Childcare Providers Deserve a Voice

  Editor:   I’m a speech therapist who has been in early education for the last decade, and I have seen over and over how the lack of early education is affecting our youth from a very young age. Many families are not able to be home with their children because today’s world requires two incomes. And if you happen to be a single parent, y...

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Be a Hero in our Community – Give to the Green Mountain United Way

  Editor:   In just over a month, this year’s Green Mountain United Way campaign will come to a close. I have had the honor of chairing this year’s fundraising effort and have seen firsthand the difference that the Green Mountain United Way makes every day. GMUW is helping improve the lives of thousands of Vermonters across the five count...

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Support Paid Sick Days Bill

  Editor:       At some point we all require time to recover from illness. Currently there is a bill, H. 208, in the legislature that would provide paid sick days for workers. Desirable jobs include reasonable benefits such as paid sick leave, a living wage and health care. H. 208 would benefit the business community, workers an...

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Let Childcare Providers Choose for Themselves

Editor:   I provide care for my grandchildren, one of which requires a great deal of specialized care. I am thankful for having the opportunity to take care of them but it entails a great deal of work and many long hours. Being able to provide a safe and healthy environment for them gives their parents a peace of mind that their children are b...

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Thank You for Supporting MSAC

  Editor:     On behalf of the many area seniors who benefit from the Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC), the MSAC staff gratefully thanks all the people in our supporting towns who helped with petitions and outreach, listened, and voted to support our important work at Town Meeting. Voters in Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, M...

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