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June 16th, 2019

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Op-Ed: These Challenges Don’t Have to Be Insurmountable

By Ross Sneyd As with most adages, there’s truth to the one we hear a lot. Vermont can be an expensive place to live. After we pay the rent or mortgage, taxes, health care, transportation and heating, there’s often not much left over. It’s a fact of our rural economy. But that’s no reason to pack up and head off to some urban nirvana. (It can be ex...

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Vermont’s Future Workforce

By Jonathan Alvin, Hartford, VT As a young and native Vermonter who is committed to this state it has been frustrating to watch many of my peers leave Vermont for more affordable college opportunities. I know this frustration is shared and felt by many Vermonters. These include small, large, local business owners and employers who are struggling to...

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Education Is Highly Valued, But Unaffordable

By Adriana Eldred Northern Vermont University – Johnson Class of 2020 My name is Adriana, and I’m a first-generation college student from a low-income household. Because of this I was not only encouraged to go to college, I was expected to. My parents had seen the struggles associated with not having a degree first-hand. They taught me that t...

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Op-Ed: In Support of Tax and Regulate

On July 1, 2018 Vermont became the ninth state to allow the legal possession and consumption of cannabis for adult use. In other words, cannabis is now legal in Vermont. Under current law, any Vermonter 21 years of age or older can cultivate up to two mature and four immature plants and possess up to an ounce of dried cannabis. This step should be...

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Rather than Hatred, Coyotes Deserve Respect

To the Editor, On Christmas day in Pittsford VT, a beloved family dog, who had escaped her yard, was shot and killed by someone who assumed the dog was a coyote. This large, blonde, husky mix with blue-eyes, floppy ears, and a fluffy coat, looked nothing like a coyote and was not exhibiting aggressive or threatening behavior. There was no justifica...

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Thank You Central Vermont Communities

To The Editor, Thank you to all of the merchants and retailers who have supported the Capital Soccer ’05 Boys & Girls teams achieve their fundraising goals to travel to Barcelona, Spain in April 2019 to train, compete and watch soccer. Since late September, you have let us solicit support at your places of business, you have donated products fo...

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ACLU of Vermont Comment on the Passing of Scott Skinner

The ACLU of Vermont family is deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Skinner. Skinner was the ACLU of Vermont’s seventh Executive Director, from 1982 to 1988, served on the Board of Directors from 1991 to 1993, and remained a close friend and supporter of the organization for the rest of his life. Some of the highlights from Skinner’s ACLU tenure...

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Rural America Has Waited too Long for Farm Bill

By Anna Johnson Center for Rural Affairs The compromise farm bill secures several victories for conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities, while failing to cap payments to the largest farms or secure stable long-term funding for working lands conservation. We are pleased that Congress maintained the Conservation Stewardship Program in...

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VTEP Statement on Approval of Vermont Yankee Sale

Public Utilities Commission Approves Sale of Vermont Yankee In response to the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval of the sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar, Guy Page, Communications Director for the Vermont Energy Partnership, said: “Today’s decision is a tremendous opportunity for the Town of Vernon and for Vermont. After two year...

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SAM-VT Applauds Vermont Medical Society Resolution Opposing Commercialized Marijuana in VT

At its 205th annual meeting, the 2000-plus members of the Vermont Medical Society (VMS) passed a resolution opposing the commercialization of non-medical marijuana in Vermont. Smart Approaches to Marijuana–Vermont applauds the resolution, which cites the “decades of litigation regarding tobacco control efforts” and the “safety risks and negative he...

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