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July 29th, 2016

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Tatum’s Totes Needs Your Help

Editor, The phone calls can come at any time, day or night. It’s the call from the Department of Children and Family Services telling us another child is being placed in emergency foster care and a Tatum’s Totes bag is needed. These are the calls the Green Mountain United Way staff has come to expect since starting the Barre District Tatum’s Totes...

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Phil Scott Cares about Suicide Prevention

Editor, On February 11th, I and several other members of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition distributed 103 roses at the Vermont Statehouse in memory of loved ones we have lost to suicide, and also in memory of each of the 103 people lost in Vermont last year alone. I am happy to say the roses were received with appreciation, respect and comp...

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Aldrich Public Library Has So Much to Offer

Editor, Thanks to my fellow Barre City voters for voting “yes” on the city budget which included an increase for the Aldrich Public Library. This library means so much to me. There is no other public resource like it. I can find the latest books, videos, CDs and audiotapes for my enjoyment on just about any topic. I can get help in using computer r...

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After School Program Funding Needed

Editor, Every day in Vermont, over 21,000 children are left alone to care for themselves between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. The statewide shortage of high-quality afterschool and summer programs is a significant challenge for many working families, and leaves kids vulnerable to risk and crime. Can we really afford to not invest in improving the live...

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Governor Doesn’t Walk The Walk

Editor, There’s an expression of a person being able to “talk the talk and walk the walk”. That means that a person’s actions should be congruent with what the person says that they believe. In the last issue’s “Guest Opinon” that was written by Gov. Shumlin, the Governor stated that Bernie Sanders is a member of the “best congressional delegation...

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Guest Opinion: Reflections On Vermont’s 225th Birthday as a State

By Patrick Leahy One constant through our history is our independent streak. We also have always prized our privacy. We held out for the Bill of Rights before joining the Union. We value our quality of life, which has led to conflicts with less stringent rules and practices at the federal level and in other states. For instance we have higher envir...

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Wit’s End Offers Free Support

Editor, At this time when many people in our community find themselves with a loved one suffering from addiction, whether it is to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, heroin, marijuana or something else, I want to let them know there is help available. On Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m., the Wit’s End group meets at the Turning Point Center, 489 North Main S...

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Politicians Should Keep Hands off Pension Funds

Editor, I am a retired Barre Town school employee. I understand the governor and some legislators are pressuring our elected State Treasurer to sell off fossil fuel investments in our pension fund. Here is what I think about that. Let experts like Treasurer Beth Pearce pick the investments, not the politicians. Frankly they haven’t done such a good...

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The GOP Cannot Remain Neutral

Editor, Make America Hate Again! That is the platform and rallying cry of the new Republican party. When challenged about this, the GOP claimed neutrality during the primary process. Not the Democratic party. It still believes and endorses inclusion and unification. Until the GOP distances itself from this divisive rhetoric, not one Republican cand...

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Vermont’s Right to Know Under Attack

By Gov. Peter Shumlin I’ll admit that I don’t understand how Washington D.C. and Congress work most of the time. For years, Republicans in Congress have thrust the institution into perpetual gridlock, so much so that it struggles to fulfill its most basic responsibilities. Even after the death of a Supreme Court Justice, Senate Republicans are refu...

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