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June 23rd, 2017

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Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas

By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District “But Mom, I don’t like peas,” said my 5-year-old self to my mother. “Eat them anyway,” came her response. “But Mom, they don’t taste good,” I pled, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a sympathy thrust of her own: “Be thankful you have them, there are starving people in the world, you know...

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Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters

Editor, I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children and dedicated state funding for afterschool and summer programs is a great step toward this goal. I am a fourth generation Vermonter and single parent with a good, full-time job. I was the first person in my...

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Northfield Select Board Races

Editor, I am writing to urge Northfield voters to vote for John Sears for the 3-year seat on the Select Board, and for Jim Baraw for the vacant 2-year seat on the Select Board. I firmly believe that a change in the composition of the board is necessary if Northfield is to move forward, attracting new businesses and new families, to expand our tax b...

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Trump Jeopardizing National Security

Editor, As a former Naval Intelligence officer, I am concerned with the Administration’s adverse impact on our national security. It appears Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the Presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Flynn was forced to...

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U.S. Political IQ

Editor, At the founding of our democracy, Alexander Hamilton was leery of mass enfranchisement. He didn’t think enough people were sufficiently intelligent or informed to make the right choices affecting their governance. He therefore wanted to limit voting rights to select segments of society. Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, had greater faith...

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Guest Opinion: Good Jobs Are Begging For Skilled Workers

By Cathleen Lamberton Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Vermont We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It’s a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill good paying j...

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Guest Opinion: DeVos is a Threat to School Choice

By Benjamin Kinsley Executive Director, Campaign for Vermont Prosperity Many Vermonters probably had mixed reactions to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. On the one hand, she is espoused as a proponent of school choice which is prized by many of our rural communities. On the other hand, Vermont lead the country in rejection...

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Time to Hurt Animals

Editor, As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another over the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals — already the most oppressed sentient beings on earth. The animals’ turn came yesterday — by taking down the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) site that reports on...

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Statement by Vermont Foodbank: Foodbank Extends Welcome to All

The Vermont Foodbank is committed to ensuring that every person in our state has the food they need to reach their human potential. Those with the courage to ask for help must trust that the Foodbank and each of our Network Partner food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, shelters and youth programs care only about their human potential. Making th...

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Energy Fighting Economic Development

Editor, If Vermont is so unwise as to make S-51 law, the total amount of energy used to heat homes, move cars and buses, and power electrical devices will be forced to shrink by 15% in 33 years. Perhaps the senators framing this bill hope enough energy-consuming Vermonters will just leave for a more sensible state? We cannot attract, open and grow...

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