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November 23rd, 2014

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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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“The World” Connects Us to Each Other

Editor: Why would anyone want to read The World, let alone have to find a spot to pick it up now that the paper has made the difficult business decision to end home delivery in some areas? Why would it be worth one’s time to seek out a distribution point? When I first moved to Vermont almost 25 years ago, I never bothered with The World newspaper,...

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No Need to Force Vote on Berlin Public Safety

Editor: The petition “to force the vote” regarding the Regional Public Safety Authority that’s circulating through Berlin is not necessary. We already voted last March and don’t need to do it again. We voted for those who are now members of the Berlin Select Board to lead this town into the future with Berlin’s best interest in mind, and that’s exa...

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Berlin Public Safety Petition

Editor: The recent article “Petition aims to force public vote” [Times Argus, July 27, 2014] stating that the Berlin Select Board is denying residents the right to vote on public safety in Berlin, is biased, one-sided political slop. Pat McDonald, a former Berlin Select Board member who is making these claims, knows the select board cannot deny res...

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Pedestrian Concerns in Montpelier

Editor: The Montpelier Police Department deserves the gratitude of those of us who walk to and fro across streets and intersections around the city for making stops and providing warnings to drivers who have been failing to yield for pedestrians at crosswalks, as was noted recently in the police blotter section within the Times Argus. Whether it be...

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Thank You for Successful FEAST Start Up Year!

  Editor: July 2014 marked the first anniversary of operations for FEAST, the home delivered (Meals on Wheels), on-site congregate and community ToGo fundraiser meals for local seniors and persons with disabilities. FEAST is a unique three-way partnership between a non-profit, Just Basics Inc., the City of Montpelier (MSAC) and a for-profit, G...

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Thankful for State Police

  Editor: I had a prowler around my house. I called 911 and the State Police arrived almost before I could hang up the phone. They instantly calmed me and were kind and professional. They put their lives on the line every day in more ways than we can possibly fully understand. We are lucky to live in Central Vermont knowing these people are tr...

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A Common Sense Perspective to Public Safety in Berlin

  Editor: Public safety expenditures in Berlin are second only to education and are the largest part of the municipal budget. Giving up control of that portion of our budget is giving up significant control of our town. Right now the town of Berlin has 100 percent control over its emergency services. The moment we join the Central Vermont Publ...

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Mountaineers Pay Tribute to Mad River Valley All Stars

  Editor: Congratulations to the Mad River Valley Little League team, who captured its first tournament in 54 years. The team defeated Brattleboro last week to win the title. The game ended on a triple by Caleb Kingsbury. Logan Cook, Mad River Valley League president, said, “Our team worked extremely hard, practicing five days a week for over...

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