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October 20th, 2016

Letter to the editor: VTrans and former leader failing town of Middlebury

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By George Dorsey



VTrans, under the leadership of state officials including Sue Minter, has failed Addison County on Middlebury rail and bridge issues.

I respond to Mr. Russell’s letter to the editor (Addison Independent, Sept. 29) and do so as a long-time Democrat who fully supports commercial development and rail development in Vermont.

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Gregory Dennis: What men do – and don't-– say in locker rooms

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



So what exactly do men talk about in locker rooms?

Donald Trump was caught on tape admitting to the now-unemployed Billy Bush that he forcibly kissed women without warning and grabbed them by the genitals.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he bragged.

But as we now know from at least 15 women who say they were inappropriately groped by Trump, they don’t in fact let you do it. They protect their dignity and get the hell out of there.

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Vergennes residents sound off about truck traffic

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As might be expected, the topic of up to 800 tractor-trailer trucks rolling through downtown Vergennes dominated a Monday Vermont Transportation Board public hearing in Vergennes on “Vermont’s Transportation Future,” including passenger rail expansion, railroad safety and other railway issues as well as truck traffic.

About 30 local citizens attended the hearing at the Bixby Library in Vergennes, the first of seven planned around the state by the Vermont Transportation Board to take testimony on railroad and truck issues.

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Eric Davis: Don't rush a big health care change

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Health care costs in Vermont are growing unsustainably. Many Vermont households, including those eligible for Obamacare subsidies, will pay $500 to $1,000 more for health coverage in 2017 than in 2016.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced rate increases of between 5 and 8 percent for 2017, along with across-the-board increases in deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket maximums. Self-insured businesses face similar cost increases for their health benefit programs. Medicaid continues to grow as a share of the state budget.

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Letter to the editor: Third-party vote is also responsible

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Alan Shashok



I read in last week’s op/ed section one reader write about being a responsible Republican, he/she could not vote for Mr. Trump and was therefore going to vote for Mrs. Clinton. I can understand and respect that opinion. In this election, I believe it is no longer about Republican or Democrat or being a good member of either party.

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Letter to the editor: Baser has made positive impact

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Frank Buonincontro



Two years ago I wrote a letter regarding Fred Baser and his running for representative. I made three points:

1. Fred is my brother-in-law

2. I like Fred in spite of that… and

3. I believed he would do an outstanding job representing his constituents.

Well two years later, Fred is still my brother-in-law, I still like him and by any yardstick Fred has had a positive impact in the Legislature.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol candidate is experiences

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Nilene Farnsworth



I’m writing in support of the re-election of Fred Baser to the Vermont House of Representatives. I have known Fred for a long time, and I consider him a trustworthy, honest, hard-working person.

He has served our town of Bristol and the county on numerous committees. He understands the economic challenges that face all of Vermont, whether it is to attract jobs to our area, retaining jobs in Vermont, affordable housing and the over taxation.

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Letter to the editor: ANeSU change as negatives

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Michael Fisher



On Nov. 8, voters in the five towns of Addison northeast will face an unusual and important ballot item. No I am not talking about the presidential race which is indeed as unusual as it gets this year. I am talking about the school consolidation ballot that is brought to you by the ANeSU Act 46 Study Committee. This proposal represents a significant change in how we govern one of the most important community organizations in our towns, our schools.

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