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August 29th, 2016

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Guest Opinion: Vermont Should Divest from Coal and ExxonMobil Stocks

By Gov. Peter Shumlin On Christmas Day, I burned brush on my farm in Putney – in a t-shirt. My experience was not unlike that of many Vermonters as we all lived through Vermont’s most tropical Christmas in memory, capping off the world’s warmest year on record. Climate change is here, and it is affecting the Vermont that we love, from our ski areas...

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Invitation for Public Forum

Editor, I am writing as a member of the Act 46 Study Committee to invite you to the public forum on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Spaulding High School. The Act 46 Study Committee has been meeting for the last few months to discuss and study the consolidation of the governance of the Barre City school district, Barre Town school district a...

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It’s Time to Join the Revolution

Editor, Now is the time for Vermont to join Bernie Sanders’ political revolution: to go from the 1776 guaranteeing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, through the New Deal creating the middle class, to today’s delivering the American Promise to all. According to our Declaration of Independence, government is instituted to secure our unalien...

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Vermont Government Must Reel in its Spending

Editor, Mark Twain, 19 Century American author, is quoted as saying “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” He was speaking what we know now as a timeless and universal truth. The Vermont legislature reconvened on Tuesday, January 5. The liberal elitists (Democrats) in charge under the golden dome in Mont...

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New Year’s Resolution

Editor, Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life? Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people. Fortunately, however, our fork Đ yet another deadly weapon Đ is within our own control. Well...

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Senior Center Thanks Volunteers, Sponsors, Donors

Editor, Montpelier Senior Activity Center staff take this opportunity to publicly thank our 2015 volunteers, recent sponsors and donors. On December 16th, we hosted a luncheon to recognize the service of over 150 volunteers who have served this year. The value of their service, estimated conservatively, is $136,000 – and that’s a lot of hours donat...

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Speaker Smith Should Focus on Vermont’s Growing Debt

Editor, Recently, Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith chastised Vermont Yankee for accessing the decommissioning fund to “pay its bills.” Vermont Yankee, no longer in the business of making electricity, now must remain solvent and meet the requirement to safely decommission the plant. The federal government is the final decider in decommissioni...

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City of Montpelier Should Acquire M&M Beverage Property

Editor, I write to support the City of Montpelier’s acquisition of the M&M Beverage property. This acquisition enables our City to locate in the right place a new multi-purpose path across the North Branch and a two-way vehicular access to the parking area behind the so-called Dickey Block. Construction of the multi-purpose path and the vehicu...

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Legalizing Marijuana Could Lead to More Traffic Accidents

Editor, There has been a lot of coverage in the news lately about the possible legalization of Marijuana here in Vermont. I ask that before we jump on this bandwagon, we analyze the facts from both sides and look at the negative effect it can have on businesses located here in Vermont. First, we must keep in mind that the possession of Marijuana is...

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Help Our Students Reach Higher

By Rebecca Holcombe and Scott Giles Fifty years ago, on November 8, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act of 1965 into law. This historic act marked our first commitment to universal access to higher education, and represented one of the great achievements of the Civil Rights movement. Reflecting on the momentous occasion, Presid...

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