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June 23rd, 2017

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Progress or Doomsday: Our choice.

Editor, Many Vermonters and indeed, Americans all across the country are faced with the reality that if we are going to fight climate change and preserve our planet for future generations we must work on the local and state level. Vermonters have already put in place an important goal of achieving a 90% level of renewable energy usage by 2050 and h...

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Central Vermont Chamber’s Thoughts on $15 Minimum Wage

By William D. Moore, President & CEO The legislature is in full swing and among the many issues that the Central Vermont Chamber is following are proposals to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. In 2014, the business community agreed to a stepped increase in the minimum wage from $8.73 an hour, (nearly a dollar above the federal minimum...

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Guest Opinion: An Independent Ethics Commission IS STILL Needed!

By Jim Condos Vermont’s Secretary of State The Vermont Constitution (Chapter 1, Article 6) demands that our elected officials are open, transparent, and accountable. The authors understood how transparency in government is the very basis of trust. State statute also demands access and accountability: It is the policy of this subchapter to provide f...

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Barre Town Revote on Act 46

Editor, On January 31, 2017, Barre Town voters will be forced to vote AGAIN on district Act 46 consolidation plans. I encourage all Barre Town voters to get out and VOTE NO on those plans. In November, Barre Town voted a resounding NO on consolidation. In spite of that, the Act 46 Study Committee decided to force another vote with NO CHANGES to the...

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People vs. Money

Editor, The ongoing battle between the wealthy one percent and the rest of the people for control of the government appears to have concluded with the capitulation of democratic government to the autocratic rule of capital. This was achieved through democratic process in which a politically naïve mass of Americans made a billionaire businessman its...

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Dog Safety Tips from PETA

Editor, The recent incident in which Sunny, one of the Obamas’ dogs, allegedly bit a visitor, who had reportedly tried to pet and kiss her, in the face is a reminder that dogs should be approached with caution. Always ask dog guardians if it’s OK to pet their dogs. Never run up to or approach dogs head-on; instead, approach from the side, calmly an...

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Hollister Hill Apartments in Marshfield

Editor, So the plan is to demolish the 16-unit apartment complex on Hollister Hill in Marshfield. Why? I’m told by the Vermont Housing Authority and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board that shoddy construction and deteriorating pipes are the main reason. Has either of these state entities even left their offices for a site inspection? Twelve...

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Aldrich Director, Library Deserve Credit

Editor, Thank you for your regular coverage of the activities and offerings of the Aldrich Public Library. As a financial and volunteer supporter of the Aldrich, I appreciate how it is a community center, welcome center for visitors, and a safe place to visit for young and disadvantaged people. The staff is skilled, compassionate, and equipped to h...

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Thanks for Weathering Heights Column

Editor, I want to thank The WORLD for regularly publishing Roger Hill’s “Weathering Heights” column, which I look forward to reading. In addition to listing monthly local weather statistics, he explains in detail the weather we are experiencing as well as what is in store for the near-term future. The greatest service he provides to readers, howeve...

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The “School Choice” Gambit

Editor, From all the militant ranting concerning “school choice,” one gets the feeling that difficult objective circumstances have left most people so without choice in the essential areas of their lives, that they’re clinging to the one thing that gives them a sense of freedom. Which is a shame, because it diverts attention from the only education...

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