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Baser in, Fisher out in Addison-4

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Bristol Republican Fred Baser on Tuesday rattled what had been a decade of Democratic dominance in the Addison-4 House district, and his victory will also likely have a big impact on the complexion of the Legislature’s health care reform debate during the next biennium.

Baser, in his second bid for one of Addison-4’s two House seats, was the top vote-getter in the four-town district with a total of 1,872 tallies. Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, finished second in the race with 1,765 votes.

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Bristol, Agency of Natural Resources at odds over future of town landfill

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Officials in Bristol are at odds with the state over when to close the town’s landfill and how to pay for it.

In August, the Agency of Natural Resources sent the town four notices of alleged violations for the landfill, which is located off Pine Street. The town was able to address three of them, but one, that alleges that Bristol has failed to save enough money every year to pay for the closure of the landfill, has left the selectboard in a bind.

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Opinion: Fisher, Sharpe deserve re-election

Posted on October 31, 2014 |
By Marcia Liotard



My husband and I retired to Vermont in July ’06. We first met Mike Fisher and Dave Sharpe the following March at the Starksboro Town Meeting. Since then we’ve gotten to know both men better. We find them to be thoughtful, fair and honest men, who care about their constituents. Dave is now the ranking member of the House Ways & Means Committee, and Mike is the Chairman of the House Health Care Committee. Both jobs bring extra work and greater responsibility.

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Bristol's Route 116 bridge officially opens

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — It was decades in the making, but Bristol finally has a new bridge on Route 116.

A cadre of local officials and legislators joined state Transportation Secretary Brian Searles Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the center of the new span, which crosses the New Haven River on Route 116 between River and Carlstrom roads.

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House candidates in Bristol area debate

Posted on October 27, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — More than 60 people showed up at Bristol’s Holley Hall this past Wednesday evening to hear a debate between the candidates vying for the two seats representing the Addison-4 House district.

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Opinion: Fisher, Sharpe wise in backing single-payer system

Posted on October 24, 2014 |
By John Jefferies



We hear a lot lately about problems with the new state health plan. Certainly, the rollout was fraught with problems, and people became confused with all the options, and with the process for obtaining promised state aid. Complex change rarely comes easily.

I’d like to make two points; one generally, and the other specific to my family.

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Opinion: Incumbents earn vote of support

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Paul Forlenza



Mike Fisher and Dave Sharpe have ably represented their district (Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro) in the Vermont Legislature for the last 12 years. We need their continued leadership in Montpelier.

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Opinion: Vermont values?

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Jim Scheid



I am confounded seeing those two words on the yard signs of Valerie Mullin, candidate for Vermont House, Addison-4 (Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro and Lincoln). Is she claiming to represent Vermont values? Do not her opponents also represent Vermont values? They have received all their votes from people living in Vermont, so it would seem so.

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Some states have property rights advocates — why doesn't Vermont?

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — For months, landowners along the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline route have asked state regulators to provide them with legal help to negotiate easements with Vermont Gas Systems.

The Office of the Attorney General does not represent private citizens, and many landowners feel the Department of Public Service has not offered adequate legal support, leaving them with few resources to represent their best interests.

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Lawmakers lament school tax hikes

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While the Vermont Legislature did not convene last week, lawmakers received a homework assignment doled out by area voters on Town Meeting Day: Do something about rising education property taxes.

Vermont residents voted down 35 of approximately 250 school budgets that were on communities’ town meeting dockets on March 3 and 4 — the largest number of failed spending plans since the advent of Act 68 in 2005, according to Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol.

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