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August 23rd, 2014

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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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A Mixed Picture For This Sunshine Week

  by Patrick Leahy     Two things can always be said about the public’s right to know: It is everlastingly important in an open, representative democracy, and it always faces threats from nibbling erosion.   Sunshine Week each year is a time to take stock of how we are doing in defending the right to know what our government is...

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Independent School Students Deserve Access to Sports and Extracurricular Activities

  Editor:     I am writing to advocate on behalf of independent school students that do not have funds for certain sports or extracurricular activities not currently offered in their schools. At this time in Vermont, home school children are allowed to participate in public school sporting and extracurricular events, but independent...

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I Am Not John Anderson

  Editor:   A surprising number of people have recently suggested that I need to clarify that I am not John Anderson.   Rather, I am Jon Anderson. I reside in Montpelier with my wife Betsy at our B&B. I practice law and have been active in public policy issues in Montpelier for a long time.   I love Barre and have no reason...

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Help Available for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Editor: I lost my youngest brother, Jerry, at age 30, to suicide 23 years ago. He had struggled valiantly with varying degrees of success, for six years after his first episode of bipolar mania and hospitalization. Despite our awareness of his challenges, his death shocked all who knew him. He was a good man, kind, generous, wise for his years, and...

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