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April 21st, 2018

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Recognizing the Importance of SNAP in Rural America

By Jordan Rasmussen, jordanr@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs In the nation’s rural communities, where the food that feeds the world is grown, food insecurity is endured by millions of children, seniors, and hardworking Americans. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps stave off hunger in one in six rural households. Yet, the...

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Vote NO on Article 2

Dear Editor: The Williamstown voters need to know that the majority of the Select Board want to take your voting rights away from you, on the Town ballot Article #2 “Shall the votes authorize the Select Board to appoint a Town clerk”? Why you ask? They say its not about performance, or when asked if they have read the laws governing the Town clerk,...

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For The Good of Communities, Prisoners Need to Be Liberated From Ignorance, Poverty and Hatred

Dear Editor: The Governor Scott administration has proposed building a new 925 bed prison “campus” at an estimated cost of $140 million dollars. The campus would be located in northwestern Vermont. There are currently approximately 1,700 people incarcerated including 250 people who are in prisons out of state. There are a variety of reasons why we...

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Guest Opinion: President’s Budget Eliminates Rural Programs

By Anna Johnson, annaj@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs America stands to suffer as a result of President Trump’s 2019 budget, released on Feb. 12. The president has proposed again to eliminate or shrink many programs that serve rural America, including those supporting rural businesses, cooperatives, and housing. Trump is also calling for an inv...

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Please Provide Your Support

Dear Editor: I was dismayed when Mayor Lauzon decided not to seek another term as Barre’s mayor although I understood why. Given that, it is vitally important that our next mayor maintain and expand on Mayor Lauzon’s progress, initiatives and energy in moving Barre forward. I would like nothing more than to have a female mayor. But, Sue Higby is no...

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Community Suppers Resume in Plainfield

Dear Editor: For the first time in a number of years, Plainfield is beginning a series of monthly community suppers, starting on Tuesday, February 27th. These “Fourth Tuesday” suppers will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield lower village, beginning at 6 p.m. with servings continuing through 7 p.m. We are dedicated to preserving...

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Universal Primary Care: Its Time Has Come

Dear Editor: Way back in 1990 I treated a patient in the inner city of Buffalo. He was an electrician in his mid-thirties who had waited until complications from his diabetes rendered him blind and in end stage kidney failure. He waited because he had no insurance. At the point I first saw him he was unable to work and was finally eligible for Medi...

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Guest Opinion:60,000 Beginning Farmers Benefit From Usda Program

By Wyatt Fraas, Center for Rural Affairs Interest in farming is strong. We hear from beginners, as well as retiring farmers and ranchers, each day who are looking for opportunities and searching for solutions to farm transition. The 2008 farm bill introduced USDA’s first, and so far only, program focused on the next generation of farmers: the Begin...

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Guest Opinion: Connecting Our Sustainable Heritage to Economic Development and Jobs for Vermonters

By Rachel Carter Most Vermonters would agree we live here among the Green Mountains so we can enjoy a quality of life as individuals, families, and businesses that affords us a decent standard of living, our independence, and the use of our natural resources now, and for generations to come. Our deep rooted Yankee ingenuity, inventiveness, drive to...

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Guest Opinion: Vermont House Working on Changes

Guest Opinion: Vermont House Working on Changes to Education Funding with Proposal to Lower Homestead Property Taxes By Representative Janet Ancel (D-Calais) Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee Vermont has a unique system of funding education. We can be proud of the fact that it is progressive and that it meets the requirements of the Ver...

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