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Opinion: Starksboro asks for Act 46 change

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Louis duPont



Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the leaders of the Vermont Senate and Vermont House of Representatives.

I am writing to you today on behalf of the Starksboro Elementary School Board. At our monthly meeting last night our board voted unanimously in favor of a motion to request that you rescind the per-pupil threshold amounts that the Legislature passed in conjunction with Act 46 last June.

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Opinion: Open mic at local tavern is an important venue

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Barry Churchill



I came to Middlebury in January 2014 for my mom’s 75th birthday from Maryland and ended up transferring my Section 8 voucher up here, a big decision of change. It was culture shock coming from a city of 80,000, and my first impression was that Middlebury was a dead town of black cloaks and blue collars. I found two places to primarily network and build contacts: Dunkin Donuts and Mickey D’s.

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Clippings: Take a bird walk through the budget

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By John McCright



My daughters’ fourth-grade teacher liked to take the children on bird walks. These weren’t strolls through the countryside to observe the avian fauna; they were intellectual rambles through the landscape of all human knowledge. They would be talking about one thing, a question about a certain point would lead into a diversion about another thing, a clarification to something discovered in that neighborhood would lead them down a path in a new direction, and so on.

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Eric Davis: Suspension of lawmaker a bad idea

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Last May, Vermont Sen. Norman McAllister, R-Franklin, was charged with several sex crimes. McAllister is alleged to have rented a trailer on his property to a woman in exchange for sex. He is also charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked in his office as an intern. When the Senate returns in January, one of its first agenda items will be to consider a resolution suspending McAllister from his legislative duties.

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Opinion: As laws change we must focus on kids

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



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Opinion: Rail bridges plan is off tracks

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Tom Curran



I live on Willard Street, two steps from the railroad. I never understood why two new bridges were never approved for a whole lot less money and disruption.

I did attend meetings, but as usual being the small fish in the sea, I was outgunned by the VTrans people and Kubricky people.

Can we STOP the madness? Or has the train left the station and cannot be stopped?

Thanks. Please listen, and help if you can.

Tom Curran

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Opinion: Paid sick leave should be law

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Lynzee Vaughan



I am writing to express my support for the Healthy Workplaces bill, H.187 —and to ask that the Senate pass it into law when they return to Montpelier this January.

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Opinion: No one truly wins in matters of war

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I have a sign in my front yard that says, “War is not the answer!” It was made by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

A few years ago, one of my neighbors asked me, “What is the question?” I think I answered his question with this question. “How do different countries respond to each other when they don’t get what they want?”

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Opinion: Sanders should oppose the natural gas pipeline

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Ron Slabaugh



An open letter to Sen. Sanders:

Bernie,

My truck is covered in Bernie stickers. I contribute to your campaign monthly. I want to do more for your campaign. I think you are our best hope for U.S. President.

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Opinion: Republicans casting their lot with the gun lobbyists

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Walter Carpenter



Marybeth Swanson was in her early 30s, a wife and mother, and had started a new job at the town offices of South Newbury, N.H. We knew each other from the local ski area, the King Ridge Ski Area (now closed), in New London, N.H., where we both worked during the snow seasons. She was a part time ski instructor there.

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