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Letter to the editor: Ferrisburgh treasurer candidate has strong background

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Deb Healey



I am running for the Ferrisburgh Treasurer’s office because I am at a point in my work life where I can step forward to help. By design, an elected Treasurer is responsible only to the voters; however, to effectively run our town government the Treasurer and Selectboard must work well together.

If elected I will do my best to follow the accounting practices as recommended by our certified public accountant, be available during published office hours and foster town office operations based on cooperation and teamwork.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury board members deserve stipend increase

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Ross Conrad



An article to increase the stipend paid to the Middlebury Town selectboard members to cover the costs they incur while serving the town will appear on the ballot on Town Meeting Day. This proposed increase would be the first since the current stipend for selectboard members was adopted 22 years ago.

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Letter to the editor: A&P advertisement shows times, prices have changed

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Samford Rouse



On a recent weekend, I was looking through a box of miscellaneous items when I came upon an A&P store ad for grocery and meat prices and also produce.

The ad was 35 years old. It was in a local paper dated July 4, 1982. I worked for the A&P company for 35 years. The month I retired was August the same year.

Now, people have to work two or three jobs to keep themselves afloat to make an honest living. The prices now have doubled and tripled since, and so hasn’t everything else.

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Gregory Dennis: Days and nights with a naked lady

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



I’ve been playing a lot lately with a naked lady.

Well, she’s not completely naked. She’s wearing a G string. Also A, D and B strings, and a high and low E string, too.

When the Montreal-based guitar company Mackenzie & Marr decided several years ago to honor folk and western singer-songwriter Ian Tyson with a signature guitar line, the Ian Tyson Limited Edition quickly sold out.

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Ways of Seeing: Grief support group was invaluable

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Ellen Flight



I was not prepared for the overwhelming, full-body experience of grief. Before my father died in January 2016 I thought I understood grief. 

My father had been a hospice patient for almost 20 months and I had prepared for his death.  We had had so much warning including some “near misses.” I experienced something called “anticipatory grief.” I cried so much in my car I joked that my car was going to rust from the inside out. It lulled me into thinking I had dealt with my grief beforehand. But I discovered that’s not how it works.

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Letter to the editor: Leahy, Sanders have right idea on Russia probe

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Jennifer Stefani



Michael Flynn resigned as national security advisor as a result of his havinglied about his conversations with a Russian diplomat. This has shown light and raised questions about the pre-election association between the current President’s aides and the Russian government. Flynn’s lie, and the content of his conversation, led to the possibility that he could be vulnerable to blackmail.

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Letter to the editor: Bill S. 51 advances state's renewable energy priorities

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Michael Doran



I remember in 1980, climate scientists calling for a switch to renewable energy sources. They hoped by 1990 we would have begun in earnest, and 37 years later we have started to gather momentum. With glaciers and the polar ice caps melting everywhere and with continuous record breaking warm years, it is about time we did more.

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Letter to the editor: Touting Vermont's strengths key to retaining youth

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Laurie Cox



An Open Letter to Governor Scott: With all the chaos happening at the federal level, it is difficult for me to focus on the issues within our state. However, that very chaos makes it imperative that we take the right course here. I applaud your stand on the immigration actions, but am concerned about other directions you are espousing. You want to improve Vermont’s economy. You want to increase opportunities for a younger demographic of workers in our state. Those are fine goals, but how do we achieve them?

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Letter to the editor: Use town surplus to reduce taxes

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By J. Douglas Dows



On March 7, Panton town voters will be presented with a proposed budget that calls for a 1.83 percent increase in the property tax rate. This sounds reasonable until you discover on page 12 of the 2016 audit report (online) that the town has an unassigned surplus of $107,962. The same thing happened last year. We had an unassigned surplus of $66,924 (page 12, 2015 audit) and raised the tax rate 2 percent. These surpluses are in addition to the “rainy day” fund established by the town several years ago.

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Letter to the editor: City mayor has done a great job

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Jeremy Holm



Dear Editor, I know that there are many issues facing Addison County and Vermont in general. Attracting and retaining talent, protecting our environment and building the economy are chief among them.

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