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October 23rd, 2017

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Every Month Should be Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editor, Every month is child abuse prevention month! Although Governor Scott and governors throughout the United States take time to proclaim April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, there are children in need of nurturing and protection every day of every month. And we all have a role to play. If you know a parent who is stressed and could use a break...

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Guest Opinion: Low Cost Local Food – Pile Your Plate with Vermont Food on a Budget

By Rachel Carter Communications Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermonters enjoy local food and beverages in a variety of waysŃgrowing or foraging their own, purchasing directly from a farmer or at the store, hunting or fishing, eating at schools and institutions serving local food, finding food from a community food shelf or the Vermont Fo...

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Guest Opinion: Of Plants, Birds and Bees

By Corrina Parnapy Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District The first day of spring has arrived and it is time to consider the relationship between what we plant in our yards and fields and the pollinator species we rely on. Be it stunning butterflies, buzzing bees, or beautiful songbirds, they rely on the flowering species and trees we pla...

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Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help in Vermont

Editor, There has been a lot of publicity recently about federal cuts in Meals on Wheels due to President’s Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grants. In Vermont, Meals on Wheels are not funded by this program, so this particular cut will not affect Vermont’s Meals on Wheels; however the program is still vulnerable to oth...

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Rebuilding Our Military

Editor, As a Navy veteran and a strong supporter of our military I commend President Trump for initiating a program to rebuild our military with a defense budget increase of $54 billion, but it should be decreased by $1.3 billion and the $1.3 billion added to the Coast Guard budget within the Department of Homeland Security so it is not cut by $1.3...

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Guest Opinion: Strong Working Families Means a Strong Vermont

By Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas Orange-2 Bradford, VT As a state legislator, my first responsibility is to stand up for a Vermont that works for all of us. I’m continually looking at what we can do to strengthen Vermont’s economy for future generations. I’m proud to be a lead sponsor of legislation that would create a family and medical leave insuran...

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Modelling a Local and Vibrant Climate Economy

Editor, With a national political conversation that seems to become more divisive and fragmented with each passing day, engaging locally to create meaningful and inclusive democratic change is as important as it ever has been. At moments like this, Vermonters have historically responded by gathering in granges and town halls to find common ground o...

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Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas

By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District “But Mom, I don’t like peas,” said my 5-year-old self to my mother. “Eat them anyway,” came her response. “But Mom, they don’t taste good,” I pled, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a sympathy thrust of her own: “Be thankful you have them, there are starving people in the world, you know...

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Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters

Editor, I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children and dedicated state funding for afterschool and summer programs is a great step toward this goal. I am a fourth generation Vermonter and single parent with a good, full-time job. I was the first person in my...

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Northfield Select Board Races

Editor, I am writing to urge Northfield voters to vote for John Sears for the 3-year seat on the Select Board, and for Jim Baraw for the vacant 2-year seat on the Select Board. I firmly believe that a change in the composition of the board is necessary if Northfield is to move forward, attracting new businesses and new families, to expand our tax b...

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