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August 30th, 2016

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Bernie in the South

Editor, “Conventional wisdom” says that there is no way a socialist can win the U.S. presidency. Eugene V. Debs tried and failed in the WW I era, as did Henry Wallace, who ran as the Progressive Party candidate in 1948. But the problem with conventional wisdom is that yesterday, when the “convention” was established, isn’t today – and the realities...

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This is Why Vermont is Bankrupt

Editor, Not so long ago, Vermont citizens had direct control over school costs and education taxes. We had local control. If Vermonters knew that local boards were not spending their hard earned tax dollars wisely in educating our town’s children, we could vote “NO” on the school budget. The school boards would go back to the drawing board and pres...

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Exit 4 Development Will Destroy its Ambience

Editor, The massive 172-acre development planned for Exit 4 in Randolph would destroy the ambiance of this now fairly rural exit and make our beautiful state contain exits more like so many of those in most other states. This development would also take away valuable agricultural and open land. As climate change worsens, droughts become more preval...

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Vermont Veterans’ Home Stands Out Nationally

Editor, During the past year, The Vermont Veterans’ Home has been noted as one of the finest Veterans’ Homes in the nation! Continuing that trend over the course of the last twelve months, Pinnacle Quality Insight, a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm, has interviewed the customers of Vermont Veterans Home regarding their satisfaction...

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Citizen Advocates and Good Government Ensure All Vermonters are Heard

By Deb Markowitz Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources When I was first elected to public office at the age of 37, I was lucky enough to have a mentor, Tom Lehner, who had spent most of his career in public administration. I first met him when I was a young law clerk to Supreme court Justice Louis Peck and he was the Court Administrator. T...

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Another Shumlin Blunder

Editor, Governor Shumlin says the next strategy in his War on Climate Change is to divest the state pension fund of all coal and Exxon stocks. He said at a press conference that with the maple sap running in January and not enough snow on the ski slopes, Vermont needs to do everything it can to lead the charge against global warming. Seriously? By...

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New VY Storage Pad Needed Until Feds Take Away Spent Fuel

Editor, This month the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) will consider the proposed second dry cask storage pad at Vermont Yankee. This concrete pad would support the remaining reinforced concrete and steel casks containing spent reactor fuel. Vermont Yankee plans to self-finance the $145 million project, and is willing to begin the fuel transfer...

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The Blessings of Liberty

Editor, A number of people have asked me what I am trying to convey when I write about the blessings of liberty and the tyranny of socialism. When I was a much younger man I witnessed the last stages of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Americans of my generation were immersed in the gut wrenching true stories of men, wom...

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Vietnam—Our War Of Shame

Editor, Since our elected U.S. Legislators, Congress and Senate do not seem to care about our Vietnam War Veterans who are sick from the herbicide Agent Orange Dioxin. I can say I am not proud of our government in the manner in which our veterans are treated. However we did our job and did not question our orders. We believed the Vietnam War was to...

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Educate Yourself Before Voting for a Candidate

Editor, The silly season for the mass media is supposed to be a short period of time, “usually late summer when the media focuses on trivial or frivolous matters for lack of major news stories.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary.) This presidential election cycle the silly season started early and has yet to subside. The mainstream media seems intent on...

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