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March 27th, 2017

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Should Fish & Wildlife Board only be Advisory?

Editor, A petition to expand trapping seasons on bobcats and otters has sparked the attention of Vermonters statewide. It is apparent that the Fish & Wildlife Board fails to acknowledge the views of those who oppose an extension to trapping seasons.Ę The board is lacking representation by unbiased people. The chairman of the board is quoted as...

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Vote Alternative Party Candidates on Election Day

Editor, Vermont voters should embrace this opportunity that will present itself this November 8th election day. This has been an election campaign season where the grotesqueness and disconnection of the establishment two party system of Democratic and Republican has fully manifested itself at both the national and state levels. In Vermont we have a...

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Guest Opinion — Agriculture: Critical to our Communities, our Economy, and our Landscape

Guest Opinion By Chuck Ross Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets Agriculture is critical to our communities, our economy, our landscape, and our way of life here in Vermont. As Vermonters, we have grown accustomed to a vital and robust agricultural lifestyle. But when I leave our state, in my travels as Secretary of Vermont’s...

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Trump’s Un-American Conspiracy Theories

Editor, I am highly disappointed with Republican voters across the United States. Evidently, according to national polls, over 70% of Republican voters believe the propaganda being put out by Trump and his campaign staff that the upcoming election is rigged in favor of Clinton. And my disappointment emanates from being a registered Independent for...

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Guest Opinion: Just the Facts about Rigged Elections and Voter Fraud

By Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State Recent unsupported allegations and sensationalized reporting are sowing seeds of doubt about our democratic process. This undermines voter confidence and calls into question whether all voices will be heard on November 8th. As Vermont’s Secretary of State and chief elections officer, former State Senator, f...

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Support TJ Donovan for AG

Editor, There was something really wrong. Every Monday police summon scores of Vermonters are to Court – many for failing to be the person they would like to be, others whose conflicts outweighed their resources to deal with them. They await for the Judge to assign a punishment: jail here, a fine there, a license lost here, work crew there, a disqu...

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The Legislature Does Not Deficit Spend

Editor, Some on the campaign trail suggest that the Vermont legislature has engaged in deficit spending over the last 14 years. That is simply not true. Here’s how the budget process works in Vermont. Each year the legislature works from projected revenue for the next fiscal year, and the House and Senate pass a balanced budget for that year based...

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Will the Presidential Candidates Ever Address Real Issues?

Editor, The presidential debates so far have been a joke….and embarrassing! Tens of millions of Americans will be watching the debate the night of October 19 — and they deserve a serious discussion on the big issues facing our nation, like the future of Social Security. If the next President doesn’t take bold action on Social Security, we cou...

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Support for LaClair and McFaun

Editor, I vote early, and I have already cast my votes to re-elect Rob LaClair and Topper McFaun to the Vermont House of Representatives from Barre Town. I had the good fortune to work side by side with Topper for ten years when I was also a member of the House. He has become a very respected voice of moderation in the legislature. As the ranking m...

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The Police Problem

Editor, In judging the actions of the police in their recent killings of African-Americans, it is essential to understand that police are the domestic enforcement arm of the state. I use the term “state” broadly to include all legally constituted civil authority, be it federal, state, or municipal. And therein lies the tale: how these “authorities”...

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