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September 16th, 2014

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Early Educators Need a Voice

  Editor:     Why us and not them?   I am a home care worker of eight years and we recently won the right to unionize this past fall. This was a huge success for us because we will now have fair representation for home care programs and our clients who depend on us to be there every day to support and enable them to live as inde...

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A Loud Cry for More Business

  Editor:   The results of a recent Community Survey in Moretown focussed on what residents liked and disliked about their town, and if they are reflective of the rest of the state, they are a loud wake-up call for Vermont’s power structure.   Residents have shouted that something has to be done about crippling taxes and that the bes...

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Thanks to Montpelier Public Works Department

  Editor: In the late afternoon of January 2 as the temperature headed below zero, a water pipe burst on Elm St. in Montpelier, flooding the street and causing the city to turn off the water. My apartment, along with many other homes, was affected.   Because the apparent water main break happened right in front of my home, I had a bird’s...

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Disappointed by “Max’s Favorite Things”

  Editor:   Concerning the “Max’s Favorite Things” column of December 18th, 2013, we feel compelled to comment. We were very disappointed to read an unpaid advertisement for e-cigarettes within his column.   Regardless of Max’s lifestyle choices, it seems irresponsible to be using ‘The World’ to encourage buying tobacco products as p...

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Vermont Needs a Paid Sick Days Law

  Editor: I’m a farmer and builder in Glover, Vermont, writing about the importance of paid sick days. When folks initially explained the idea to me it seemed absurd. I’ve worked over 20 jobs and never had paid sick days. Yet I’ve seen firsthand how important paid sick days are to workers.   When I was 19 at my first farm job, I whacked m...

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Onion River Exchange Thanks the Community

    Editor:   Dear Central Vermont community, thank you for your support of our December Community of Abundance Fund Raiser by the Onion River Exchange (ORE) time bank. We hosted a silent auction with goods and services donated from our members and served up a localvore dinner with chefs Susan Reid and Mary Roehm at the Montpelier Se...

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Montpelier Alive Seeks Volunteers

  Editor:   Since 1999, Montpelier Alive has led the effort to enhance the vibrancy and unique character of downtown Montpelier. We always welcome new people to help in this effort including the following:   1. Members for any one of our five standing committees: Promotion, Design, Economic Development, Organization and Merchants. Al...

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Support Early Educators’ Right to Unionize

  Editor:   As an early educator of 25 years, I provide care for many families who depend on me to provide a reliable, affordable service. Throughout my service as an early educator I have seen many changes occur that directly impact how I run my business, without any input from me or my colleagues.   I believe forming a union with m...

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Central VT Rotary and World Santa Bring Joy to Local Children

  Editor:   The World Santa and Central Vermont Rotary have a plan to give generously to children this Christmas. They know that sometimes it is a struggle for low income families to purchase new winter apparel for their kids. They wanted to add to the joy of The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots Holiday Assistance program, so they got tog...

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Healthcare System Doesn’t Make Sense

  Editor:   I am writing because I am very concerned about what is happening with healthcare.   I have had many struggles with healthcare. I am currently uninsured even though I work in a health profession. I have two jobs to make ends meet. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia which leaves me in unbearable pain sometimes. I...

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