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December 8th, 2016

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End-of-Life Specialist Sets Up Shop in Montpelier

Editor, There is a quiet revolution happening around the world to embrace the reality of death and dying. I recently founded Ending Well to help people plan, prepare, and experience “their own good death.” I’m part of creating a new paradigm for approaching the end of life. My motto has become “Life matters. Talk about death.” As an End-of-Life Spe...

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Support Our Police Officers

Editor, Police actions in Ferguson, Missouri; New York City; Baltimore; Baton Rouge; and Minnesota have been in the news, and a few police officers have been seen using excessive force and shooting people. I believe a small number of police officers use excessive force, and these officers should be held accountable for their actions. The vast major...

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New Leadership, New Direction

Editor, I’ve seen quite a few comments regarding Bruce Lisman and his campaign for governor of Vermont. One item I’d like to address is how Bruce left Vermont to build a successful career on Wall Street. Is that bad? It seems to me that most of Vermont’s children have to leave Vermont in order to find a decent career. That is sad. Unfortunately Mom...

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Corporations Deserve Say in Elections

Editor, I take exception to Matt Dunne’s perception of corporations. According to an early 19th century Supreme Court ruling, corporations have been given basic “person hood”. Corporations, while separate and distinct from their owners, may sue and be sued, hold title to real and personal property, are subject to laws and regulations put forth by t...

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Guest Opinion: Perception and Reality about Vermont Migration

By Stephanie Yu Young people and rich people are moving to Vermont. If this surprises you, you aren’t alone. You’re more likely to hear that the young and the wealthy are fleeing Vermont for better opportunities. Your neighbors bought a condo and moved to Florida. Your daughter got a good job and took off for Chicago. So yes, people move out of Ver...

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We Must Reverse Disastrous Policies

Editor, I love Vermont for many reasons, but two of the most important reasons are the beauty of our landscape and our devotion to our schools. On both fronts, Vermont has been moving in the wrong direction. The Shumlin administration’s policy of fast tracking industrial wind and solar has done immeasurable damage to our landscape. Act 46, the Shum...

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Other People’s Money, Other People’s Misery

Editor, There’s a vocal segment of Vermonters who consistently decry what they see as “the liberal” tendency to spend “other people’s money” on social programs. I ran across this most recently in comments supporting gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott’s public statement that he’s pretty sure that $50 million can be cut from Medicaid. Objections from...

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Help, what is the Green Mountain Passport Good for?

Editor, We are hoping someone in your readership can provide us with the information we are looking for. As senior citizens, we each have a state of Vermont Green Mountain Passport. It states it gives “free admission to state-sponsored public events, exhibits, concerts, museums, state parks, historical sites and lands.” We are looking for a list of...

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VT Public Records – Cornerstone of Government Transparency

By Secretary of State Jim Condos Records management is not exactly an exciting topic, but when a particular record is the focus of a request or controversy, it becomes critically important in that moment. Those records are owned by the State of Vermont and are incredibly valuable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are accountability a...

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Guest Opinion: Please Support Legal Action to Keep Montpelier’s Drinking Water Clean

By Isabelle Boutin, Lilli Curtin and Sanela Bikic For over 130 years, the city of Montpelier has used Berlin Pond as its water source. For many years, recreation on the pond was restricted due to concerns about water quality. However, recently this has changed. In 2009, a couple, arrested for boating on the pond, brought up a controversy involving...

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