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June 24th, 2019

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WGDR Pledge Drive

Dear Editor, WGDR is the soundtrack of social justice, environmentalism, multiculturalism and responsible community action in Central Vermont. By being a listener, and contributing to this courageous broadcast, you become part of this transformative action. WGDR gives voice to cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and life-long learning. When...

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Cutler Memorial Library Thank You

To the Editor: Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield recently conducted an extremely successful Plant and Book Sale.  We want to thank the following area businesses, who generously contributed plants, shrubs, and/or horticultural supplies:  Amanda’s Greenhouse, Cate Farm, East Hill Tree Farm, Littlewood Farm, Peak Hydroponics, Plainf...

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Unfunded Liabilities: Vermont’s Sleeping Giant

By Don Turner Every year, when budget writers in Montpelier begin their work–and legislators begin to determine what to spend–the backdrop of these conversations is marked by a unavoidable reality: Vermont has a serious problem with its unfunded liabilities. All together, we have a total liability of just over $8 billion–that’s bi...

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Rest in Peace, Green Mountain College

On Sunday, 5/19/19, I attended a tragic-happy event: the graduation of my grandson from Vermont’s Green Mountain College that, after 185 years, was closing its doors – his being the last graduating class. It seemed incomprehensible that an established institution in a generally progressive state lacked the funding to continue educating the young –...

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Time to Rethink the Montpelier Parking Garage

Thinking about the Montpelier Parking Garage, I think this would be a good time to rethink the proposal and maybe divert the $10,000,000 to upgrade the failing infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, water and wastewater systems. Originally this project was promoted to abate a presumed parking Problem. I’ve lived in Montpelier for 56 years and...

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Mayor’s Report – May 2019

Residents and Neighbors, It’s been a wet May, but a lot has happened between rain drops. The Vermont Bicycle Shop and Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts held ribbon cuttings in their new locations, while the Reynolds House opened its doors for business. If you watched the Food Network, you may have seen Stefano Coppola from Morse Block Deli competing...

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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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