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November 27th, 2014

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Green Up Barre City

  Editor: Last year’s Green Up event had a phenomenal turnout, and this year we’re hoping for even more participation. As you (and your tires) may know, Barre’s roads have had a very rough winter. Melting snow has left behind massive amounts of trash, a very disconcerting sight. That is why Green Up Day/Week will be so vital this year. Spauldi...

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Rescind the Potholes, Not the Bond

  Editor:   Early in Waterbury’s history, it is assumed the voters voted for roads, streets, bridge, schools, etc. Now if only those votes had been rescinded, we would have no potholes, no schools, no town and no taxes. How perfect would that be? How fortunate we be that there were no rescinders, and how fortunate we’d be if there were no...

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Vote “No” on Bond Rescission

  Editor:   I would like to thank the Waterbury Selectboard and the Municipal Building Committee for their many long, tedious and I’m sure frustrating hours negotiating the location and design of the new municipal complex. On March 4th, Town Meeting Day, approximately 40% of Waterbury voters voted. The proposed municipal complex passed “8...

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Berlin Should Retain Control of Public Safety Services

  Editor:   In the coming weeks a petition will likely be circulating requesting Berlin residents to vote on the regional public safety authority charter. If the town of Berlin votes yes on this item, it will join Berlin to a regional governing authority and merge Berlin’s public safety services (police, fire, EMS) with Barre City and Mon...

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Vote ‘No’ on Revised Montpelier School Budget

  Editor:   In a letter to the editor in The World urging people to vote no on the Montpelier school budget proposal in March, I ended with the statement: “It is only by saying no to the proposed school budget that there might be some hope of conveying to those who control the purse strings that we’re not in la-la land but dealing with li...

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In Support of a Livable Wage

  Editor:   I am writing this letter because I believe a livable wage bill should be put on the front burner. I support H.522 which would put the minimum wage up to $12.50/hr. This is a good start towards reaching a livable wage. It would give thousands of Vermonters a chance to access things like mental health services or much needed den...

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H.883 Is Not What Vermont Schools Need

  Editor:   There have been many Vermont initiatives to consolidate schools. All have failed because they failed to take local opinions into account. Why then is the legislature accelerating H.883 without study or reflection? If passed, H.883 would consolidate 282 local districts into 50 or so “extended districts.” I believe H.883 would h...

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PHWC: Meeting The Needs of the Uninsured and Underinsured

  Editor:   What a difference a day makes. Monday, all day and into the evening, we were busier than usual at the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic. In addition to taking care of our patients, we were swamped with a last-minute influx of people rushing to meet the deadline for signing up for health insurance through Vermont Health Con...

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It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month and You Can Make a Difference

  Editor:   On April 1st at the State House, Governor Shumlin proclaimed April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in Vermont. Our beautiful state has much to recommend it as an outstanding place to raise children. We have many small schools with small classes and research tells us that this is beneficial especially for young children. We...

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Childcare Providers Deserve a Voice

  Editor:   I’m a speech therapist who has been in early education for the last decade, and I have seen over and over how the lack of early education is affecting our youth from a very young age. Many families are not able to be home with their children because today’s world requires two incomes. And if you happen to be a single parent, y...

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