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August 30th, 2016

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Fulfill Navy Commitment

Editor, A current graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Keenan Reynolds, requested his service time be deferred so he can play in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens drafted him. As a former Navy enlisted and officer I am highly disappointed with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus who submitted a request to the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter strongly reco...

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Negative Media has Effect on Society

Editor, We feel that negative media is a problem in society that needs solving. The media is ridiculously unbalanced. We observed that on all major news websites, over 70% of the news is negative! Jon Gordon, an international best-selling author, said,” A society in a state of depression can’t think its way out of a crisis.” People are being brainw...

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Thank You From Bikers For Beth

Editor, This year’s Bikers For Beth Memorial Poker Run and Motorcycle Ride was another huge success. With 106 motorcycles and an estimated 200 people for the BBQ, we raised $8148 to our two beneficiaries, Lynn Craig and Mike Lamberton. Thank you to the community for 8 years of success and we cant wait for next year! Matthew Walker...

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Thanks for Helping Cutler Memorial Library

Editor, Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library would like to thank the businesses which made donations to our annual plant and book sale: Berlin Price Chopper, Littlewood Farm, Montpelier Agway, The Rustic Moore, and Trillium June Flower Farm. We would also like to voice our appreciation to all those members of the local gardening community who con...

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Prices to Increase at Green Mount Cemetery

Editor, Montpelier’s largest cemetery, the Green Mount Cemetery on lower State Street, has cemetery lots – both full burial lots and cremation lots – on beautiful sites for sale. Prices for these lots will be going up in August, so if you or someone you know is potentially interested in purchasing a lot, it might make sense to contact the cemetery...

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Greater Barre Helps Stamp Out Hunger

Editor, A heartfelt thank you to all of the people from Barre and surrounding areas who donated food and made the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive a big success this year! All of the food collected remains in our community food shelves at the St. Monica and Hedding United Methodist CHurches. We collected 7,800 pounds of food. Over...

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Forum to Discuss Marshfield Zoning Revision

Editor, How does local zoning shape the town we live in? Where does it come from? What can we do to effect it? On Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in the kitchen of the Old Schoolhouse Common in Marshfield, a forum will be held to discuss zoning. Members of the Marshfield Planning Commission along with representatives from the Regional Planning Commissi...

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Family Caregivers: The Largest Unpaid Workforce in the Nation

Editor, At Central Vermont Council on Aging, we provide a wide range of services to empower seniors to live healthy, dignified and meaningful lives. Did you know that as part of our mission we support the many family members who are caregivers for elder loved ones? We sponsor activities such as Caregiver Teas and family caregiver education, and pro...

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Vermont Riddled with Lobbyists and Bad Money Skills

Editor, Our state is truly suffering with the good ole boy club aka nepotism. A friend of mine, Angelo, turned me onto money trails in Vermont, and it’s a sordid mess. However, our problems are solved by better ethics. A major criterion for ethics grading is being able to follow the money. Vermont earned a D- in Ethics. Vermont is struggling with a...

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Guest Opinion: Vermont Climate Economy Partnership

By Paul Costello, Executive Director Vermont Council on Rural Development At the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) we get to work with rural towns throughout Vermont where we rally everyone to pull together, review all the issues before the community, evaluate potential collective action, set priorities, and line up together to advance th...

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