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September 20th, 2014

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Electric Heat Pumps a Better Choice Than Natural Gas

  Editor:   One of the questions on Senator Doyle’s Town Meeting Survey was, “Should natural gas be an important part of Vermont’s economy?” I was astonished to see that 55% answered yes. Only 21% said no, and 24% were not sure. Natural gas is not a Vermont product. It needs to be purchased from huge out-of-state corporations. Currently,...

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Barre is a Great Place to Do Business

  Editor:   Too much time has passed; I should have written much sooner. I wanted to comment on Barre. It has a beautiful new look, but the heart and soul are still the same, as demonstrated in simple little things that mean so very much. I was in People’s United Bank and wasn’t feeling well. One of the employees offered me his arm, walke...

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Signing of Open Meeting Law

  The Vermont Press Association is deeply disappointed that Gov. Peter Shumlin opted not to veto a seriously flawed Open Meeting Law that was passed as part of a compromise between the House and Senate in the final days of the legislative session. We are pleased Gov. Shumlin, while signing the bill, noted he wants to work with the legislature,...

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Vote Yes for BCEMS Budget

  Editor:   I’m a Barre City resident, homeowner, and taxpayer. My husband and I are parents of three young boys, the eldest of which is in first grade at Barre City Elementary & Middle School. I’m writing to encourage your readers to vote in favor of the BCEMS budget on Tuesday, June 10th. The proposed budget represents a little more...

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Public Has a Right to Paddle on Berlin Pond

  Editor:   In the last election, voters in the Town of Berlin overwhelmingly supported non-motorized access to Berlin pond. I was in favor of access two years ago and I stand even more convicted on the issue today. Leading up to the vote, a small group of landowners and preservationists began circulating a list of “talking points” in an...

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Concerned About Recreational Use of Berlin Pond

Editor:   Ever since the May 2012 Vermont Supreme Court decision concerning issues of jurisdiction over access to Berlin Pond essentially opened it to human recreational use, which up until then had been protected for over a century, I have been seriously concerned about the very real threat that human recreational access creates for the publi...

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Population Growth Doesn’t Decrease Poverty

  Editor: 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s “unconditional war on poverty.” Economists and politicians often say that the best way to improve our economy is to grow the population because that creates more consumers and therefore more demand for goods and services including construction of new homes. It turns out, h...

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Protect Yourself and Your Family from Lyme Disease

Editor: Every month should be Lyme and Tick Borne Disease Awareness Month. Sadly, this is a spreading disease in Vermont and ticks can be out and alive in all kinds of weather because they have warm bodied hosts like deer and mice to keep them warm. While we stop feeding birds because of the bears, it is a good idea also not to give ticks a free ai...

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Tax Dollars Not Used to Influence Montpelier School Vote

  Editor: I am writing to respond to a letter that ran in the April 16 edition of your newspaper. The letter claimed that Montpelier Public Schools took out a $900 ad in The Bridge “to try to influence the outcome of the re-vote” on the school budget. This is not true. At no time did we use taxpayer dollars to advocate for passage of the schoo...

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Green Up and Avoiding Ticks

  Editor: Green Up VT and your backyard let’s us know it is spring. Ticks are becoming more prevalent all over New England and Lyme Disease has become “epidemic” in Vermont. Prevention is key. Billions of nymphs the size of poppy seeds are waiting in leaf litter for a meal – you, a mouse, a rabbit, etc.  Adult ticks are fewer, but equall...

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