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April 21st, 2019

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Supportive Energy Policy Shines Spotlight on Rural America

By Cody Smith, policy writing assistant, Center for Rural Affairs As renewable energy continues to bring prosperity to states with supportive policies, rural communities are in the spotlight. Solar and wind energy projects create new jobs and tax revenue in communities that host them, helping them become more independent and resilient. One of the m...

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The Leniency Shown to Paul Manafort Should Be the Norm for Everyone — Not Just Rich White Men

By Udi Ofer Last week, Americans got a front row seat to the two systems of justice we have in America, one reserved for rich white men and the other for communities of color. Unfortunately, though, many people may have drawn the wrong lessons from these examples. On Thursday, Paul Manafort, a white man, got a 47-month sentence for massive tax and...

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Population Growth and Quality of Life

Dear Editor, Governor Phil Scott in his 2019 Budget speech stressed that he wants to increase Vermont’s population with young people in response to our aging population. However, population growth is the direct cause of all the very serious environmental problems Vermont is now facing. Population growth is also the underlying cause of many of our f...

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On the Trump Administration’s National “Emergency”

Dear Editor, Like many Vermonters, I am troubled by President Trump’s declaration of a national “emergency” to build his border wall along the southern border of the United States. I have serious questions about the legality of this declaration. I am also concerned by the detrimental impact this declaration may have on the State of Vermont. In decl...

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Caught Between A Rock and A Hard Place

Dear Editor: Morrisville Water and Light (MWL) is one of 2,200 not-for-profit public power utilities in the United States. We serve approximately 4,000 residents and businesses in the Morrisville area. Our goal as a member of the community is to help move Morrisville toward its vision of a vibrant economy, a sustainable future, and an excellent qua...

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Monthly Letter from the Mayor

Town Meeting Day is right around the Corner. Please remember to come out and vote! If you are not able to vote on March 5, you can still contact the City Clerk’s office and request an absentee ballot and/or to vote ahead of time. On January 29, Council adopted the proposed FY20 Budget. The $12.5 budget is a 2.38% increase, which is below the rate o...

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Vote For CVHHH on Town Meeting Day

Dear Editor,  My name is Sandy Rousse, and I am the President and CEO of Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) in Berlin. If you know me, and many of your readers may, you have probably heard me say how much I love my job. This is because CVHHH provides critical medical and supportive care to people in a place we know they want to be—at...

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Caught Between A Rock and A Hard Place

Dear Editor: Morrisville Water and Light (MWL) is one of 2,200 not-for-profit public power utilities in the United States. We serve approximately 4,000 residents and businesses in the Morrisville area. Our goal as a member of the community is to help move Morrisville toward its vision of a vibrant economy, a sustainable future, and an excellent qua...

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Investment and Return: How to Boost Vermont’s Economy and Address Climate Change

GUEST OPINION By Paul Costello Carbon tax. Cap and Trade. Carbon Markets.  Depending on our point of view, these concepts might make us nervous about raising the cost of living when we are already struggling to pay our bills. Or we may feel passionately about the necessity of pricing carbon for the future of our climate and our economy. Or both. An...

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Dear Community

My name is Florence Smith; many know me as Flo. I truly want to serve our Berlin community on the local Select Board. I will persevere in all respects through my combined experience and steadfast willingness to help. I work for the State of Vermont and have for close to 16 years. Prior to the State, I worked a total of 19 years in a combination of...

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