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Guest editorial: How to make Vermont affordable

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By Ross Sneyd



As with most adages, there’s truth to the one we hear a lot: Vermont can be an expensive place to live. After we pay the rent or mortgage, taxes, health care, transportation and heating, there’s often not much left over. It’s a fact of our rural economy. But that’s no reason to pack up and head off to some urban nirvana. (It can be expensive there, too, by the way.)

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Legislative review: Health care dominates the agenda

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By Mari Cordes



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I have re-drafted this communication to you multiple times over the past two weeks in response to specific current issues and events. I will try to update you as I have on other specific bills moving through the statehouse, but I really want to get this out today, and so this update will be primarily about health care, with a few other issues at the bottom of the email.

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Letter to the editor: Leicester railroad crossing is more unsafe than ever

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By Gloria Currie



The driving public has a right to assume that safety features at railroad crossings (i.e., flashing lights and barrier gates) actually work. But the recently installed apparatus on Old Jerusalem Road in Leicester is not yet operational; and the engineering company from Williston that did the installation has simply placed black plastic bags on the black-rimmed lights as a warning to motorists that the crossing safety features are not working — hardly an adequate warning, especially at night.

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Editorial: Re-energizing town meeting

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



Will changing times continue to conspire against Town Meeting, or is there a way to re-energize this once vital Vermont tradition? That’s the question behind a front-page story in today’s issue. 

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Guest editorial: State Auditor answers criticism

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Doug Hoffer



The State Auditor’s Office serves Vermonters by ensuring that state government and entities that receive taxpayer funds are operating effectively and efficiently. As such, I would like to clear the air about some misinformation regarding my office and my intention to audit Vermont’s Accountable Care Organization (OneCare Vermont). Some have expressed concerns about the need for such an evaluation and our authority to do so. Here are the facts.

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Ways of Seeing by Ruth Farmer: Fictional detective offers real lessons

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Ruth Farmer



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In the past few months, I have been on binge, reading Louise Penny’s Armande Gamache novels. Gamache is a high-ranking officer in the Sûreté in Quebec. The central setting of the novels is a village called Three Pines. Penny has created in Gamache a man who happens to be in law enforcement. So many detective novels feature detectives who happen to be men or women. It is the job that is important, not life, not being human.

As a reader, I often find many truths in fiction. I found myself gravitating toward Gamache’s often-repeated paths to wisdom:

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Jessie Raymond: Taking a trip down memory lane with old pals

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Last weekend, while back in my hometown for a family gathering, I caught up with a couple of old friends. This year, the emphasis was on “old.”

At 51, I’m in good health. I don’t have a fear of aging (although those “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials are starting to make me a little uncomfortable).

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Victor Nuovo: The very idea of a Democracy

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Letter to the editor: Farmers should stay positive

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Steve Kayhart



It’s easy to flip through the TV channels or scroll through social media or the internet and be hit with negative, upsetting and frustrating news. As a dairy farmer, I see and experience some of the same feelings hitting so many others right now, at my own local level.

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