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 A while back, in a letter to the editor, I mentioned that I had written to both Casey Toof and Corey Parent asking them to explain their viewpoint on race and racial inequity in Franklin County, Vermont and the rest of America. I received their form response saying they would be in touch an…

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When we talk about a return to normal, it’s more than not having to wear masks, and washing our hands, it’s a general reference to the economy and how each of us can return to our old jobs, how we put back into place all the pieces of our lives the pandemic disrupted. That move to normalcy m…

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who sent get well wishes, love and prayers for a speedy recovery during and after my heart surgery.

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 The state's two significant pension systems--one for teachers and the other for state employees--are grossly underfunded.   In 2012 both of these systems were underfunded by about $3 billion.  Now, 8 years later, these systems are nearly $5 billion underwater.  The stock market has been ver…

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In Vermont’s political history, strong women have been behind powerful reforms related to health care, the environment, education, and reproductive rights. In the 2020 U.S. presidential primary, just by talking about child care, paid leave, and wage gaps, women candidates forced their male c…

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A few weeks ago, a prominent Christian pastor named John MacArthur commented that “any real, true believer” would vote for Trump over Biden this November. He reasoned that since the Democratic party’s platform promotes things that God hates, like unlimited abortion and a breakdown of God’s v…

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What the pandemic has done for Vermont is to strip bare the pretense that we can remain complacent, that we can defer responsibility, and that we can do things by our lonesome. We cannot. The challenges ahead will require bold leadership, a commitment to progress, regardless of the difficult…

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What’s the best way to extend the lifespan of this global pandemic? A vaccine that isn’t available to everyone, everywhere. 

A safe, effective vaccine is a major key to defeating the coronavirus and reopening the global economy, but only if the most vulnerable, everywhere, have access to it…

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It is interesting to note that the paths shown in the plans in Monday's Messenger both approach the state highway from the Grice Brook Road and not along the highway from Town School as discussed several years back.  How do walkers access the path in the Grice Brook area?  There is currently…

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 It is with pleasure that I endorse Dennis Williams to represent Enosburg and Montgomery in Montpelier. Dennis and his family have been my neighbors for the past 33 years when both our families moved to the Chester Arthur Road to build our houses. He has been a wonderful and helpful neighbor…

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Mental health care data collected by the state shows the number of people in crisis has roughly doubled compared to last year’s reported numbers, according to a Vermont Public Radio story this week.

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 A president deliberately lied to the nation he is legally and morally bound to defend, about a national health crisis. The lies induced many people to take unnecessary risks that have cost lives. We will never know precisely how many lives were unnecessarily lost, which doesn’t at all dimin…

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No matter the ball of mud Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman chooses to hurl Gov. Phil Scott’s way, nothing sticks. Obviously exasperated, he’s trying to hit the governor where he is strongest, which is in his handling of the pandemic. Using President Trump’s experience with the virus as an example, M…

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I am casting my vote for Chloe Collins to represent our Franklin District in the Vermont State Senate. 

I am inspired by Chloe's commitment to our area families, neighbors, businesses, and schools. Her experience in mediation, nonprofit leadership, environmental policy, and restorative just…

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It goes without saying that the next several years of governance for Vermont will be crucial. There will be major decisions required to put the States finances back on solid footing. As certain tax revenues decrease due to limited tourism and less people buying fuel it will take solid busine…

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It’s been well-documented that Covid-19 has rewired the consumer’s demand for more organic and locally produced food, something that has played to the favor of Vermont and its thousand or so farmers who sell vegetables, berries, seeds, etc. Demand is through the roof, which is strengthening …

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The Trump Administration refuses to acknowledge racial injustice. At the debate when asked point blank if he would condemn white supremacy, President Trump refused to do so. Instead simply telling them to “stand by”. He preferred to place blame on those who stand up for racial justice and eq…

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One of the moments that resonated with me during the Vice Presidential debate was when Sen. Harris pointed out that both she and Joe Biden are people of faith. The Vice President's remarks, like comments I hear all of the time as a Democratic politician, suggest that faith, especially Christ…

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Schools in Vermont have been open for a month, with most schools offering a combination of remote and in-person learning. Thus far, it’s been a remarkable success. In most communities there have been no Covid-19 cases to report and schools are gradually adding more days to in-person instruction.

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I strongly endorse Chloe Collins and Luke Richter for Franklin County Senate and Reier Erickson for High Bailiff. All have the skills and experience to represent the county very well. They are smart, experience, educated and dedicated to bettering our county and our beautiful Green Mountain State.

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Any sliver of hope to avoid a Republican wipeout slipped away from President Donald Trump on Thursday morning thanks to his refusal to attend the next presidential debate in a virtual format (necessitated by his covid-19 diagnosis), his hysterical demand that Hillary Clinton be indicted and …

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In this last week’s debate, I heard Gov. Scott brag about increasing “affordability” by reducing taxes by $70 million. Sounds great but what does it really mean, who benefits?

The veto cut $50 million that was ear marked to pay down the state employee pension funds deficit. So, he avoided h…

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It makes me angry when the “liberal” media describes 40% of Americans as stupid for supporting Donald Trump despite his calling American soldiers, who have died to defend this country, “losers!”  or his failure to pay income tax for ten years.  Or his incessant, pathological lying. Or his da…

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I’m supporting Molly Gray for Vermont Lieutenant Governor. Her opponent Scott Milne wants to use his business experience to strengthen Vermont’s economy, but his approach is out of step with present realities. If experience from the pre-COVID era were key, he might have a point. But that was…

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To the low life that stole flowers and statues off my wife's grave - let the good lord handle them the best way he can. The items were stolen from Saint Anthony's Cemetery in Sheldon. We would like to see the items returned if possible.

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The next presidential debate is to be in Miami, a week from today, which raises the obvious two questions; will the debate rules be changed, and will the debate happen at all if the president remains infected with the coronavirus.

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I am a practicing Christian who is very active in my church. As the November election closes in, my frustration with fellow believers is growing. A friend of mine asked me, “You’re a Christian. Why don’t you support President Trump?” My answer was simple, “Because I’ve read the Bible.” Being…

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Jerome H. Powell Tuesday told the nation’s policymakers they would need to spend some more money if they had any hope of avoiding a weak recovery and inflicting untold pain on millions of American households. What stuns is that the policymakers had to be told.

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 Louise Doyle has it all wrong when she sarcastically writes "Yes...let's all join in the hatred of all police for the sins of the few",( Fri.,10/2 ). She goes on to beautifully list all the many actions we need and honor police for, and why they provide such a service for us in society. Thi…

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The idea of a wealth tax pops in and out of Vermont’s political conversation with the same dependability that we see with the change of seasons. It springs forth and then goes moribund when the leaves fall and the idea is stripped bare.

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As we citizens consider those fellow citizens whom we want to represent us in all levels of governance, it is an important opportunity to move deeper than our political views to evaluate our values. 

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 I am proud to say that I am voting for Dennis Williams to represent Enosburgh and Montgomery in the state legislature in November. Dennis cares about our community as demonstrated by his work with helping schools and municipalities have clean drinking water, working on the Enosburgh Conserv…

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As Americans, regardless of our differences, our wishes for the good health of the president and his wife are without question. It’s a moral imperative that serves as our undergirding as human beings. To argue otherwise is lose the battle before it is fought.

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 When I heard Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away, I was deeply bereaved. But in the following days, I have been gripped by a different type of sadness. As much as I wanted to grieve a woman I had looked up to I have been unable to grieve solely for RBG. While I have certainly been frustrate…

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Whatever the policy differences between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden they pale in comparison to the fear that comes with Mr. Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. It puts the nation’s need for social stability in jeopardy. It threatens our d…

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Trump uses propaganda disinformation against our democratic institutions. He attacks our court systems, the FBI, intelligence agencies, Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in our election, the Ukraine episode, the Justice Department, news media, and our military. Trump refers to jour…

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 Please consider supporting David Zuckerman for governor in 2020. David has served Vermont for 26 years as an elected leader and can help Vermonters build a strong economy during and after the pandemic recovery process.

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 I  want to thank Donald Trump for his public service.  His ineptitude in covering up his corrupt practices, his manipulation of the tax code to avoid paying taxes for a decade - paying only 750 dollars on another occasion, was indeed a public service.  Borrowing hundreds of millions from fo…

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Dennis Williams is running for the Vermont State Legislature representing Enosburg and Montgomery. As a native Vermonter, living in Enosburg for the past 33 years, Dennis has been an active participant in local organizations as well as state affairs. He vows to work for:

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Northwestern Medical Center this year asked the Green Mountain Care Board for just shy of a 20 percent increase for its next year’s budget. Last week the board granted the hospital a 13 percent increase, 10 percent for a commercial rate increase and three percent to account for the impact of…

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I spoke with Debbie Ingram last night on the phone. We had a good chat. She and I were elected the same year to serve in state senate, but represented different districts and were members of different parties.  Earlier this week she endorsed Republican Scott Milne for Lt. Governor causing qu…

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On November 1, 2020, just as the clock is about to strike two in the morning, a thief in the night has been ordered to strike, pushing the small hand of the clock back an hour, robbing us of an hour of sunlight each afternoon until March, the four long months our Covid-19 world needs it most.

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This state and country need to get serious about tackling climate change. It is one of the biggest threats facing the planet in the 21st century. Reducing carbon emissions through the use of renewable energy is a no brainer in my thoughts. Developing wind, solar, and hydro technology not onl…

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We had hoped for better. We had hoped the lieutenant governor campaign between Republican Scott Milne and Democrat Molly Gray would be civil, thoughtful and focused on the issues important to Vermonters. We had hoped we would not see the hypocrisy here that we are being exposed to nationally.

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Last week, Vermont’s House of Representatives passed the Global Warming Solutions Act by 102 - 45 votes. The historic climate bill requires Vermont to reduce its climate-damaging emissions while simultaneously creating jobs, improving community resilience, and reducing energy burdens for rur…