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Editorial: The Independent endorses candidates

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 4, the role they should assume is that of the boss making new hires. The voters’ job is to sort through the various applications, review their records and accomplishments, and hire the best candidates for their respective positions. This is not a popularity contest, but rather a nuts-and-bolts analysis of which candidate will best serve in the elected position.

With that in mind, we offer the following endorsements and comments on the upcoming election:

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Eric Davis: Election a referendum on Shumlin, Democrats

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Here are some things to look for as Vermont election results are reported next Tuesday night.

Turnout. Off-year turnout in Vermont typically runs between 55 and 60 percent of the registered voters. This year’s turnout is likely to be between 45 and 50 percent, about 10 percent lower than normal.

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Clippings: A moving day for Osborne House

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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Opinion: Mullin sign criticism off target, but donations questioned

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Peter Ryersbach



I want to apologize to Valerie Mullin and to the voters of Addison County. I wrongly said that Valerie did not demonstrate Vermont values by having her personal political lawn signs at the most recent youth soccer event at Mount Abe. I’ve been informed that her level of donation to the youth sports program allowed her to put up her signs at the event. I did not check the facts before writing my letter and for that I apologize to all.

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Opinion: Baser's 'top notch' character needed in Montpelier

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Joe Devall



In weighing many factors I believe Fred Baser is the most outstanding candidate for a House seat in my district. Fred is certainly someone people can trust to work hard. His character is top notch and his public service experience is extensive.

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Opinion: McEathron would bring fresh perspective to House

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Andrew Headrick



As Nov. 4 fast approaches, I personally am going to be supporting Calvin McEathron.

Betty Nuovo has done admirable things for Middlebury in the past, but I am basing my vote on the future two years. Throughout his campaign, Calvin has consistently presented creative solutions to solve many of the tough problems facing our great town and state.

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Opinion: Legislature must continue toward single-payer goal

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Suzanne Boyle



My name is Suzanne Boyle. I am retired now and have Medicare plus a Supplemental Health Insurance Plan — USAA, a nonprofit healthcare plan. However, it wasn’t always this simple.

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Opinion: Send Fisher back to the Legislature

Posted on October 29, 2014 |
By Donna Bailey



I have known and worked closely with Mike Fisher for a number of years. He has my vote because he is hardworking, trustworthy and has the best Vermont values.

There are candidates out there who believe that the way to get elected is to promote fear and attack the integrity of their opponents. This is not the Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton or Starksboro way of gaining support.

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Opinion: Fisher deserves our vote Nov. 4

Posted on October 29, 2014 |
By Robert Bernstein



We live in a comfortable, friendly and very interesting place and, this November, we are fortunate in having four competent candidates compete for two seats to represent our district in the Vermont House of Representatives.

I plan on voting for Mike Fisher for one of these seats, to continue in helping him in his strong work of helping us govern ourselves, and hope you, too, will consider voting to return him to this important work.

Robert Bernstein

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Opinion: Amy Sheldon a wise choice

Posted on October 29, 2014 |
By Gerry Gossens



I am very proud to endorse Amy Sheldon for election to the state Legislature. I have urged Amy for years to run for office and I am delighted that she is taking the plunge. Montpelier sorely needs good people like Amy. Few can match Amy’s breadth of experience, her intelligence, her knowledge of the issues or her ability to get things done.

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