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Opinion: Vermont needs affordable childcare

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Amethyst Peaslee



I’m writing in support of new legislation to support the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission to research financing options for high-quality, affordable childcare in Vermont.

As an employee in a community childcare support agency, I am well aware of the true cost of quality childcare and the limited ability of most families to afford to pay for quality care. Most childcare programs do not charge what it really costs them to offer high-quality care, and instead rely on fundraising.

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Opinion: Sharpe right on ed. finance reform

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By George Jaeger



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Opinion: Solar investment needed in county

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Bill Miller



In response to your news article dated Feb. 2 and headlined, “Backers see solar as moneymaker”:

I am CFO for Green Lantern Development in Waterbury, a small, growing solar developer. We focus on the public sector. We develop and finance solar arrays for customers unable to use tax credits: towns, schools, hospitals and nonprofits.

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Opinion: Senate gun bill a sensible plan to protect Vermonters

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Terry Amrhein



On Feb. 10, a public hearing was held at the Statehouse to discuss requiring background checks for people purchasing firearms in Vermont. This is an important issue for all Vermonters.

In 1689, one hundred years before America’s independence, the English Bill of Rights already established the right for citizens to bear firearms. The Second Amendment just codified what every American already knew, that Americans have the right to own firearms. No one is suggesting that this right be repealed.

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Opinion: Vaccinations prevent return of insidious diseases

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Diana Cotter



When I was a child there were no vaccinations against the childhood diseases so I suffered through them. The mumps in first grade. I can still remember how I sobbed heartbroken because that day Mr. Gianti, the science teacher, was going to take us on a trip to the moon. Two weeks out of school even though after the first few days I felt fine.

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Opinion: Residents should pitch in to help CF patient in Bristol

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Whitey Mayo



I read with interest the article on the front page of the Addison Independent about the Heffernan family and their daughter, Kaitlin Heffernan, who needs money for a double lung transplant, having suffered with cystic fibrosis all her life. How sad, a young lady, working, putting money into the system and wondering how her life is going to turn out.

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On Point In Education: Reauthorization of education law is opportunity for change

Posted on February 11, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which spawned the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, is the central linchpin of the federal education agenda. Signed into law in 1965 by Lyndon Johnson, it has set forth federal agendas on education and has been the primary pathway for federal funding to state and local agencies.

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Opinion: Other countries' health care systems offer examples

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Rev. George Klohck



I write in support of the many Vermont citizens, elected officials, and public servants who continue the struggle to create a health care system that will serve all Vermonters fairly and well. Suffering from a serious illness is hard enough without bearing an expense that destroys the financial security of a person or a family. Can’t we Americans hear the reports of people in other nations that are doing better than we are?

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Opinion: Solar sector offers jobs for state

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Rick Shappy



It seems a week doesn’t goes by without someone in the media bemoaning the lack of job opportunities for young people in Vermont. While Vermont is an attractive place to live, we need professional jobs to keep our population rooted. The solar industry, while not new, has seen remarkable growth as costs have become affordable, and accessible programs like community solar arrays pop up. Turns out that deploying clean, renewable technology necessitates a significant workforce.

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Opinion: Vergennes city council candidate is highly qualified

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Lynne Perry



On Thursday, Jan. 29, you reported on candidates running for Vergennes City Council. I would like to take the time to offer more information on Jeff Fritz.

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