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December 8th, 2016

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Governor Doesn’t Walk The Walk

Editor, There’s an expression of a person being able to “talk the talk and walk the walk”. That means that a person’s actions should be congruent with what the person says that they believe. In the last issue’s “Guest Opinon” that was written by Gov. Shumlin, the Governor stated that Bernie Sanders is a member of the “best congressional delegation...

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Guest Opinion: Reflections On Vermont’s 225th Birthday as a State

By Patrick Leahy One constant through our history is our independent streak. We also have always prized our privacy. We held out for the Bill of Rights before joining the Union. We value our quality of life, which has led to conflicts with less stringent rules and practices at the federal level and in other states. For instance we have higher envir...

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Wit’s End Offers Free Support

Editor, At this time when many people in our community find themselves with a loved one suffering from addiction, whether it is to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, heroin, marijuana or something else, I want to let them know there is help available. On Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m., the Wit’s End group meets at the Turning Point Center, 489 North Main S...

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Politicians Should Keep Hands off Pension Funds

Editor, I am a retired Barre Town school employee. I understand the governor and some legislators are pressuring our elected State Treasurer to sell off fossil fuel investments in our pension fund. Here is what I think about that. Let experts like Treasurer Beth Pearce pick the investments, not the politicians. Frankly they haven’t done such a good...

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The GOP Cannot Remain Neutral

Editor, Make America Hate Again! That is the platform and rallying cry of the new Republican party. When challenged about this, the GOP claimed neutrality during the primary process. Not the Democratic party. It still believes and endorses inclusion and unification. Until the GOP distances itself from this divisive rhetoric, not one Republican cand...

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Vermont’s Right to Know Under Attack

By Gov. Peter Shumlin I’ll admit that I don’t understand how Washington D.C. and Congress work most of the time. For years, Republicans in Congress have thrust the institution into perpetual gridlock, so much so that it struggles to fulfill its most basic responsibilities. Even after the death of a Supreme Court Justice, Senate Republicans are refu...

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Empty Bowl Benefit a Success

Editor, The Third Annual Empty Bowl Benefit for the Vermont Foodbank was a huge success. Held at The Mud Studio in Middlesex on February 13, the benefit raised $5500, which translates into 16,500 meals for our neighbors in need. A true community affair, benefits like ours are crucial in helping the Foodbank ease the food insecurity faced by one qua...

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Sanders Socialist Revolution

Editor, Bernie Sanders is a Socialist who would upset our established economic principles. Sanders wants to penalize the successful wealthy people in this country by increasing their taxes, reducing their wealth, and redistributing the money to less successful people. He is a proponent of mediocrity and questions American Capitalism and the free en...

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Invitation to a Workshop on Energy Efficient Homes & Financing

Editor, Dear friends and neighbors, are you interested in owning your own mobile or modular home or know someone else who is? Would you like to know more about the most energy efficient options available and some new programs to help make those new homes affordable? Do you have a home that could use energy updates? You’re invited to an important pr...

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Fund Parent Child Centers: Prevention Work Is an Investment in our Children’s Future

By Claire Kendall – Co-Executive Director Family Center of Washington County The ripples and shockwaves from the tragic shooting events that occurred in our community last August can still be felt throughout the state. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of the victims who are our neighbors. At the heart of our response to this trag...

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