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Shumlin says state can't afford single-payer — for now

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday put the brakes on the state’s multi-year quest to convert to a universal, single-payer health care system, saying the cost and financing scheme of such a plan would be “detrimental to Vermonters, employers and the state’s economy overall.”

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Opinion: Fisher's contributions at Statehouse appreciated

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Kelly Cummings



Dear Rep. Fisher,

I write to you with much sadness but also much gratitude and hope.

I would like to thank you for your incredible, good and solid work on health care.

I admire your tenacity just as much as your compassion. And I so appreciate your service.

I hope you know that what you have helped set in motion has not been in vain.

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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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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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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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