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December 19th, 2014

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Sign Up Soon for Toys for Tots Christmas Program

 Editor: Please help us spread the word about the Toys for Tots Christmas Program for 2014. The Salvation Army of Washington County will be distributing our toys. To receive toys, folks must sign-up before the deadline. To sign up they need to go to The Salvation Army of Washington County’s Main Office at 25 Keith Ave., Barre, VT 05641. Sign up tim...

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Washington County Will Be Well Represented by McDonald

Editor: I am writing this letter in support of Pat McDonald, Republican candidate for Washington County State Senate. I have had the pleasure of knowing Pat, both professionally and personally, since the early 1990s. Pat has earned the respect of members of all political parties in Vermont. She has successfully worked in leadership roles as the hea...

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Berlin Pond Does NOT Belong to All Vermonters

  Editor: It is my belief, I may be wrong, that Berlin Pond is located in Berlin and as such it belongs to the town and of course the state and the people who pay taxes for its maintenance. I was not aware that all 600,000 (maybe more or less) Vermonters paid taxes to Berlin for the care of the “pond” which is the source of life-giving water t...

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Support for Public Schools is Strong

  Editor: Thanks to Mayor John Hollar and School Board Chair Sue Aldrich for attending a recent community forum to discuss budget priorities for the next year. Mayor Hollar talked about making necessary investments in public infrastructure. Sue Aldrich talked about accolades that our public schools have received because of the strong support o...

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Vermont Needs a New Governor

  Editor:   I picked up the newspaper, and… see what I learned! Chet Greenwood of Derby has clearly outlined the character of the governor of Vermont. He has pegged him for exactly what he is. If you will please read the “forum” in the Newport Daily News, under the date of September 16 and captioned “The Golden Dome Casino,” you wil...

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Washington County Senate Race Needs a Debate

Editor: This year’s race for the Senate seats brings together a solid mix of incumbents and challengers who have varied but clear positions on key issues. All of which can be found on their websites. What is disappointing is that there are no debates scheduled for them that follow the presidential model. That is where one candidate responds to a qu...

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Thank You for Supporting Montpelier Food Pantry

Editor: Just Basics Inc., (JBI) parent organization for the Montpelier Food Pantry (MFP) and FEAST, the senior citizen/persons with disabilities meal program, would like to thank Montpelier and surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for the MFP in the aftermath of Shaw’s removal of our customer donation boxes. It should be noted that...

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Berlin Pond Belongs to All Vermonters

Editor: It’s time to accept that Vermont’s own Capital District has no intention of being a good neighbor when it comes to Berlin Pond. After denying Vermonters access to this commonly held body of water for a hundred years, after losing in their claim in the Supreme Court, after two years of recreational access with no ill effects, even after bein...

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A Tribute to Lola Aiken

Editor: Lola Aiken was a long-term friend, with whom I had lunch just a few weeks ago. She was of keen memory, insights, and great ability to work with people that made her the “eyes and ears” for her husband. She was everywhere. Lola was a mentor to me, and I model much of my political persona in her image. She was truly a remarkable person, and a...

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Seeking Information About Wind Turbine Noise

Editor: As I read letters about the noise related to wind turbines, one question comes to mind that I need readers’ input. I have very limited experience with wind turbine noise directly, but am familiar with the noise of the ocean surf. Question: How does the noise of wind turbines compare with the noise generated by the surf? For a comparison of...

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