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September 18th, 2019

 

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Foxes Help Prevent Lyme Disease: Why is Our Government Allowing Them to Be Killed?

Dear Editor, As someone who enjoys spending time outdoors here in Vermont, I was very concerned to learn that the Green Mountain State has the second highest rate of reported cases of Lyme disease in the country. This fact became even more concerning when I learned that the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has little to no data on the populat...

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Guest Opinion: Our Forests, Our Future: Can Vermont Landowners Sell Carbon Offsets?

By Nick Richardson, President of the Vermont Land Trust The Vermont Land Trust has a long history of conserving Vermont’s most productive working lands. As VLT’s president, I’m proud of that track record, but I’m also concerned about our farm and forest economy. With around 60 percent of Vermont’s forestland owned by people over the age of 55, tran...

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Homeless Vets on VA land?

Dear Editor, Recently I heard on NPR that thousands of homeless veterans were unable to get housing on the 388 acres of land owned by the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles. Only 150 people are now lucky enough to be living in the one building that the VA has built there for them. Over the years the government started leasing out the property t...

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Guest Opinion: The Minimum Wage

By Tyler Colford A government mandated minimum wage sounds nice; I mean doesn’t everyone deserve to make a livable wage off of 40 hours, or less, of work a week? Let’s unpack what happens when a government enforces a minimum wage. A minimum wage does not mean that workers will receive a livable wage. It means that, at a particular time, the (local,...

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The Next Milestone in VT Yankee’s Legacy

To the Editor: On Thursday, August 2, Vermont Yankee announced that the transfer of all spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage was completed safely, under budget, and nearly two years ahead of schedule. This marks a major milestone and establishes a strong foundation for accelerated decommissioning by future owner NorthStar Group Services upon re...

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Guest Opinion: Fighting Over Scraps: And So Unnecessary!

By Dan Freilich We Americans are at each other’s throats because we’re fighting over scraps, like what occurs in underdeveloped countries with severe wealth inequality. Basically, our national wealth is being amassed and horded by the ultra-rich and corporations, neither of which pays their fair share of taxes anymore. There’s little revenue for cr...

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Vote for Phil Scott

Dear Editor, Governor Phil Scott is seeking a second term as our governor. He has been criticized by the gun constituency for recently signing new gun restrictions into law. We the public need laws that try to stop the wild proliferation of random school massacres in our country. The Fair Haven incident this past spring, a very close call, is a cas...

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Guest Opinion: Supporting Andrew Brewer

By Greg Guyette I hope you will join me in supporting Andrew Brewer for State Senate. I have known Andrew since our early days at Berlin Elementary School and have grown to know and respect him even more deeply over time. He is a compassionate and natural leader who understands issues deeply and seeks a variety of opinions before making important d...

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Vote for Scott on August 14th

Dear Editor, Here in Vermont, we’ve been struggling with a rising cost of living for a while now. But over the last few years, thanks to Governor Scott, we’ve seen movement in the right direction–especially as it relates to making our state more affordable. As a Vermonter who is approaching retirement age, I’m thrilled Governor Scott worked h...

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Thank You!

Editor: On behalf of the Friends of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, I want to thank everyone who made our annual summer Book Sale such a wonderful and successful event! This is always held as part of the Barre Heritage Days and once again our presence on the library lawn was well received. It takes many people to organize and carry out this bi...

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