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August 20th, 2014

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Paid Sick Time is Good for Everyone

Editor: I am a Vermont small business owner. I have five full-time employees who I value very much. Sometimes they get sick. I can’t afford to provide health care benefits for them, but I can certainly encour-age them to take care of themselves by staying home from work on the days they feel under the weather. The best way I can do that is to conti...

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Vote “No” on Montpelier School Budget

  Editor: As a recently retired educator in a public university system I want to urge Montpelier residents to vote no on the upcoming school budget vote.   The prospect of an almost 25% increase in the school budget over two years with a 13% proposed increase this coming year is not only reckless and irresponsible, it is damaging to those...

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Re-Elect Hollar and Guerlain for Montpelier

Editor:     On Town Meeting Day, I’ll be casting my vote to re-elect Mayor John Hollar and District 2 Council Member Thierry Guerlain.   Under their leadership, Montpelier has taken significant steps to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The city now has a vibrant bicycle advisory committee and a vibrant pedestrian advisory...

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We Should Have the Right to Choose What is Best for Us and Our Families

Editor:   As a licensed home childcare provider of 46 years, I have worked hard to establish my 3-star program and serve many families here in Central Vermont. Being a provider and building relationships with my parents and children has allowed me to become an expert when it comes to knowing what my families need. At times I feel as if I could...

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Support Good Beginnings on Town Meeting Day

Editor:   Imagine a place where all families feel supported and have the tools they need to raise their children. Good Beginnings of Central Vermont has been doing this for 22 years and it will be appearing on many of the ballots on Town Meeting Day.   GBCV’s primary commitment is to provide support, mentorship, and education, through wee...

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Thank You, Charlie Phillips

Editor: I would like to thank Montpelier School Board members Charlie Phillips and Lowell VanDerlip for listening to the needs of Montpelier by creating an alternative to the proposed school budget. Unfortunately, on January 22, there were other agendas at play and it didn’t get the attention it deserved.   The superintendent would have us bel...

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Montpelier Tax Increases are Unaffordable

Editor: As I look around this city that I love, I wonder, how much longer will we be able to afford living here? How long will it be before the tax increases the residents of Montpelier continue voting to support make living in this city a choice between paying our taxes or heating our home? We already live at 60 degrees in the winter months, and d...

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Eight Reasons to Support John Hollar

Editor:   My list of the top eight reasons for supporting John Hollar for Mayor of Montpelier is as follows:   1. The City Council is functioning well under his leadership.   2. The Planning Commission is no longer dysfunctional.   3. John Hollar is implementing the Carr Lot project.   4. John Hollar values everybody’s opin...

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Thank You from Friends of the Aldrich

  Editor:   As president of The Friends of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, I would like to express my thanks to all who helped make our Winter Dinner and Auction such a success. We exceeded the proceeds from last year! Once again, Barre came through for our library! It was a different venue and a different menu, but the feeling of ca...

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Montpelier Pre-Town Meeting on Feb. 20

  Editor:   As they prepare to vote March 4, Montpelier citizens will have an opportunity to learn more about our ballot items, including the municipal and school budgets, at our second annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 20 at Montpelier High School at 7:00 pm. The event will also be broadcast on Channel 17.   Recent lette...

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