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September 17th, 2014

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Early Educators Deserve a Seat at the Table

  Editor:   I have been an early educator for over 10 years, and as an early educator, we become very connected to children and parents, and are the experts in the needs of low-income, working families. Providing us a seat at the table when policies are being discussed will benefit both the state and the families we serve. I ask that our...

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Never Too Old for Santa

  Editor:   So many families today are spread apart with more and more folks alone for the holidays.   Over the past 12 years, the Central Vermont Council on Aging, with the help of countless community volunteers, has brought holiday cheer to those homebound seniors and disabled individuals who would otherwise have no holiday meal. L...

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Support Early Educators in Effort to Unionize

  Editor:   I have been a registered day care provider for three years and have many more years of experience as an early educator.   I support the bill that allows early educators to unionize, because it brings me and my colleagues together so we can support each other and learn from one another, so we are able to provide the best c...

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Montpelier Recognized as Bicycle-Friendly, But Work Still to Be Done

  Editor:   With support from Mayor Hollar and the City Council, Montpelier recently earned the bronze level “bicycle-friendly community” award from the League of American Bicyclists. I’m writing to clarify what this distinction means.   Essentially, Montpelier has been recognized for making a commitment to becoming friendly to bicyc...

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In What Direction is Our Leader Taking Us?

    Editor:   With relatively little national fanfare, today, November 19th. 2013, marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.   If you didn’t notice the passing of this momentous day, you are not alone. Many of us went about our day unaware of, or unconcerned with this day’s significance. Eve...

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Feast Senior Meal Program Appreciates Support

  Editor: Feast senior meal program partners Just Basics, Inc., Montpelier Senior Activity Center, and Good Taste Catering, would like to thank all the community members, business owners and individual donors that supported our October 18th Harvest Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction.   Dozens of volunteers contributed time in selling ti...

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Max’s View on “Captain Phillips” Lacked Research

  Editor:   I sometimes find myself agreeing wholehearted, and sometimes disagreeing vehemently, with Max’s movie reviews. I’ll say this, though, they are always entertaining, offering readers a inimitable perspective on film, usually with some unique social commentary thrown in.   I usually read Max’s review, good or bad, then shrug...

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Protect Our Earned Retiree Health Benefits

  Editor:   There has been much speculation regarding the specifics of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and how it will affect Americans. My husband and I would like to share our experience. We are covered by a prescription drug plan from the company I retired from. This is NOT a perk. It is an earned benefit. Employees took less pay a...

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Join the Montpelier Cash Mob

  Editor:     It has been a long, tough construction season in Montpelier for merchants and shoppers alike. The paving is scheduled to finish in early November. Now it’s time to celebrate our resilience and come together as a community to support our downtown businesses. And have fun doing it together.   We are inviting the comm...

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Open Letter to the Barre Town Board of Selectmen

  Editor: Senator James Jeffords is retired, ill, and in his declining years. The decision of the board to turn down the naming of a bridge in Senator Jeffords’ honor is small-minded and petty.   The board’s motivation in snubbing Jeffords is that near the end of his service in the U.S. Senate, he left the Republican party. He didn’t. The...

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