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August 19th, 2017

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I Stand with Planned Parenthood

Editor, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England serves a critical role in our communities here in Vermont. I would like to thank Congressman Peter Welch for voting no on yesterday’s American Health Care Act. Although Paul Ryan and House Republicans voted to block people with Medicaid from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health ce...

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Come Join the Trash Tramps!

Editor, You’re cordially invited to join a group of friendly volunteers who pick up litter in Montpelier on a weekly basis throughout the year. The Trash Tramps have fun every Tuesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. while sprucing up the capitol city. Our motto is: “This work is beneath us.” Shortly before 2:00 p.m., we gather at the Rec Department/Senior C...

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Affordable Housing Bond

Editor, Two weeks ago I testified at the State House to ask the legislature to support the Governor’s proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing. Last week Vermont mayors and other advocates of the bond gathered at the State House for a press conference. In supporting this bond, my organization and our partners can build great new affordable...

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Guest Opinion: NorthStar Has Detailed Plan to Decommission Vermont Yankee on Time, Under Budget

By Guy Page Vermont’s regulatory system works best when it expertly and promptly considers a project’s economic benefits and environmental impacts. I have confidence the Vermont Public Service Board will act in this fine tradition in Docket 8880, NorthStar’s proposed decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. In this spirit, I am concerned by two significa...

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Senate Perspectives: School Daze

By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District As Vermonters slowly adjust to the school governance models dictated by Act 46, it was inevitable that some are dazed and frustrated by the idea of forced change to the familiar. We Vermonters, after all, are naturally suspicious of activity under the Golden Dome. But my daily walk reminds me that ed...

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Ted Brady Offers Insight on Economic Development Initiatives, Opportunities

Pat McDonald producer and host of Vote for Vermont and Ben Kinsley, Executive Director of Campaign for Vermont Prosperity co-hosted a show on Economic Development Initiatives and Opportunities. Our guest was Ted Brady, the Deputy Secretary of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The following is a summary of their conversation. Ted...

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What Changed My Mind about Orange-Washington School Merger

Editor, School district mergers in compliance with VT Act 46 have been controversial in many towns. When I first joined the Joint 706 Committee in my town of Orange, we were tasked with examining how Orange and neighboring Washington could comply with Act 46. I was doubtful I could support a merger to form a unified Washington and Orange school dis...

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Guest Opinion: Let’s Take the Long View

By Ed Paquin Is it just the nature of the institution that the Legislature tends to focus on issues that have or are about to become crises? We seem to have a new annual tradition in Vermont; each year we face a “budget gap” with insufficient revenue to meet the projected budget for our current level of services. And each year we resolve the crisis...

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Please Support Community Radio and WGDR’s New Mission

Editor, Community radio became an American institution in the twentieth century for many reasons, but at its core, these reasons tie to one: civic connection, both with one’s civic self on the national scale and with one’s civic self on the local scale. Around the country, the impact of community radio on its listeners and producers is seen best in...

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Green Up Barre

Editor, Last year’s Green Up event was a great success, and this year we would like even more participation. Barre City is currently littered with trash and debris from the past fall and winter and is in need of being greened up. Spaulding’s Action For the Environment (S.A.F.E.) is currently organizing this event and gathering Green Up bags and glo...

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