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July 24th, 2016

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Vermont Government Must Reel in its Spending

Editor, Mark Twain, 19 Century American author, is quoted as saying “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” He was speaking what we know now as a timeless and universal truth. The Vermont legislature reconvened on Tuesday, January 5. The liberal elitists (Democrats) in charge under the golden dome in Mont...

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New Year’s Resolution

Editor, Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life? Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people. Fortunately, however, our fork Đ yet another deadly weapon Đ is within our own control. Well...

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Senior Center Thanks Volunteers, Sponsors, Donors

Editor, Montpelier Senior Activity Center staff take this opportunity to publicly thank our 2015 volunteers, recent sponsors and donors. On December 16th, we hosted a luncheon to recognize the service of over 150 volunteers who have served this year. The value of their service, estimated conservatively, is $136,000 – and that’s a lot of hours donat...

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Speaker Smith Should Focus on Vermont’s Growing Debt

Editor, Recently, Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith chastised Vermont Yankee for accessing the decommissioning fund to “pay its bills.” Vermont Yankee, no longer in the business of making electricity, now must remain solvent and meet the requirement to safely decommission the plant. The federal government is the final decider in decommissioni...

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City of Montpelier Should Acquire M&M Beverage Property

Editor, I write to support the City of Montpelier’s acquisition of the M&M Beverage property. This acquisition enables our City to locate in the right place a new multi-purpose path across the North Branch and a two-way vehicular access to the parking area behind the so-called Dickey Block. Construction of the multi-purpose path and the vehicu...

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Legalizing Marijuana Could Lead to More Traffic Accidents

Editor, There has been a lot of coverage in the news lately about the possible legalization of Marijuana here in Vermont. I ask that before we jump on this bandwagon, we analyze the facts from both sides and look at the negative effect it can have on businesses located here in Vermont. First, we must keep in mind that the possession of Marijuana is...

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Help Our Students Reach Higher

By Rebecca Holcombe and Scott Giles Fifty years ago, on November 8, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act of 1965 into law. This historic act marked our first commitment to universal access to higher education, and represented one of the great achievements of the Civil Rights movement. Reflecting on the momentous occasion, Presid...

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Gala, and Crafting, and Tools, Oh My: The Onion River Exchange is on Fire

Editor, Exchanging time instead of money to many is a new idea. Actually, in 1980, Edgar Cahn created Time Banking as a medium of exchange to encourage and reward the work needed to build strong, resilient communities. You mean I can exchange stacking wood for two hours with any other member in the time bank to receive anything from a massage to bo...

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The Vermont Constitution

Editor, The legislators and senators in the Vermont assembly take the following oath of affirmation and allegiance upon being sworn into office. It reads like this. “You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will be true and faithful to the State of Vermont and that you will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or thing injurious to the Constit...

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Guest Commentary: Building a Moral Economy

By Rev. Debbie Ingram Vermont Interfaith Action’s Executive Director For centuries, people of faith, through their churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, have provided charitable assistance to the poor. All faith traditions agree that it is a central value to care for the poor among us, and most of us do it more out of a sense of the joy of gi...

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