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August 29th, 2014

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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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What is an Optimal/Sustainable Population for Vermont?

  Editor:   What is an Optimal/Sustainable Population for Vermont?   That depends. That depends on how you define optimal and sustainable. Then it depends on what indicators you use to measure what is optimal/sustainable. In a groundbreaking report of that title just published by Vermonters for Sustainable Population and readable on their...

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Support GMUW, a Worthy Local Organization

  Editor:       My name is Kevin Lunn and I’ve been living in Montpelier for the past eight years. Over the past few years, I’ve been volunteering my time for Green Mountain United Way (GMUW), serving as a Board member, assisting with their special events and, most recently, I have been voted in as their newest Board President....

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Thank You Blood Drive Donors and Supporters

  Editor:       We would like to thank everyone who supported the Barre blood drive in September. We gathered 133 pints. This was well below our goal, so we hope for a good turnout in November. Special thanks go to the Tuffy Doyle family who co-sponsored the blood drive in thanks for the blood transfusions that Tuffy has receive...

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Montpelier FEAST Meals Program to Host Fundraising Dinner

  Editor:   We at the FEAST meals program – a partnership between Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC), Just Basics, Inc. and Good Taste Catering – owe a large thank you to all of the volunteers, donors and diners who have helped our fledgling meals program get off the ground. We want to invite all of them, and the rest of...

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Some Important Facts About Literacy

  Editor:   September 23-29 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and a good time for all of us to tune into a few facts about literacy. Did you know that……?   - More that 30 million adults in the U.S. – 14% of the country’s adult population – cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level....

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ACS to Discontinue Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

  Editor:   Two years ago, the American Cancer Society began carefully analyzing all its programs, services and fundraising initiatives in an effort to maximize the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in fighting cancer. As part of this effort, the Society’s Board of Directors made the very difficult but strategic decision to phas...

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