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Nothing is more dispiriting to a dairy farmer than dumping the day’s work into the manure pit, which is happening in Vermont and throughout the nation. The pandemic has had a cascading effect on dairy farmers, disrupting their supply channels and destroying the markets. They dump their milk …

In the weeks since the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted our lives here in Vermont, we have all struggled to adjust. Our work lives, home lives and social interactions have all changed dramatically. In Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, these changes have affected some of us more than others. Th…

In every crisis there is a point when the leader says to those being managed, “Don’t tell me why it can’t be done, tell me how it will be done, and it would be best if it happened yesterday.”

President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has meet with broad approval from 60 percent of Americans, according to this week’s Gallup poll. That may baffle many Vermonters, but the president’s polling numbers have been strong in a number of polls, in particular last week, through today.

As a state, we are about to learn the difference between what is essential and what is not. As commerce grinds to a halt, and expenses go skyward, the damage to the state’s budget will be nothing short of extraordinary. How we respond will define how well we emerge, and how we respond is goi…

As we enter the second full week of our response to COVID-19, I wanted to take the time to thank every who has stepped up over the past few weeks and those who will continue to be called on to help as we confront this pandemic.

As a state, we are about to learn the difference between what is essential and what is not. As commerce grinds to a halt, and expenses go skyward, the damage to the state’s budget will be nothing short of extraordinary.

As we enter the second full week of our response to COVID-19, I wanted to take the time to thank every who has stepped up over the past few weeks and those who will continue to be called on to help as we confront this pandemic.  

There is an oft repeated rock climber’s prayer that goes like this: “Dear Lord, I realize I could be better, and do better, and I’ll get back to that in a moment, but right now I’ve got a problem. I’m hanging on to a little nubbin of rock, not sure I’m going to be able to make the next move.…

At this point in time I believe everyone understands the expectations as to preventive measures re: Covid-19 so I will not reinforce those measures. What I would like to focus on is all of the great work that is happening around the City and Town that many people may not be aware of. This pa…

 Because our legislators are unwilling to control their spending habits, they are promoting drug usage in the commercialization of marijuana. Why stop with marijuana, might as well commercialize all other illegal drugs as well. The damage they are about to create seems of little concern to t…

Gov. Phil. Scott Tuesday ordered the closing of all Vermont’s restaurants and bars, effectively immediately. It’s another step in the state’s efforts to limit human interaction, thus slowing the spread of the coronavirus. With our schools, restaurants and bars closed, with with most business…

Ray Ferland’s LTE in the Feb 28th Messenger shed an interesting insight into our national situation.  I agree with what he seems to suggest; that we are being manipulated by Big Corporate.  Corporate execs have been granted special influence on America’s election process and privileged acces…

If you're one of those people - a pundit, investor or active manager - who's been bracing for passive investing and exchange-traded funds to blow up the stock market, well, there's some bad news for you.

After the pleasure of meeting with many of you at Town Meetings last week and having a few days of downtime, this week rapidly evolved into a very different week than last. Our concern over the COVID-19 state of emergency is heightened, and many of our efforts have been directed towards addr…

The headline from Sunday’s debate between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden was that Mr. Biden would pick a woman as his running mate. Assuming Mr. Biden wins the Democratic nomination and that he succeeds in beating President Donald Trump, she would be the f…

After the pleasure of meeting with many of you at Town Meetings last week and having a few days of downtime, this week rapidly evolved into a very different week than last. Our concern over the COVID-19 state of emergency is heightened, and many of our efforts have been directed towards addr…

Gov. Phil Scott Friday declared a state of emergency in Vermont, enabling him to mobilize the necessary resources to deal with the repercussions of the coronavirus. He then spent roughly an hour answering any and all questions and doing so in a calm, completely transparent manner, with the s…

 I deeply appreciate SAM's printing Petula Dvorak's column (3/11/20) urging against virus panic around children. Children deeply need those around them to maintain calm when their culture -- even before the virus -- has for years been shrieking things little ones do not need to hear. I do no…

The Franklin Legislative Delegation will be holding a Legislative Breakfast on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Enosburg Fire Station across from Hannafords from 8 am to 9:30 am.  The public is invited to attend and bring up questions or concerns for the Legislators.  We look forward to seeing …

Twice, Vermont’s senator Bernie Sanders has said that whichever presidential candidate received the most delegates going into the party’s July convention should be declared the winner. A majority was not necessary; a plurality was good enough.

HIGHGATE — As Parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and friends we would like to say "thank you" to the MVU boys varsity hockey team for an incredible season. Thank you for letting us watch you grow into the talented hockey players that you are today.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can help low income Vermonters with children make ends meet. The EITC is designed to encourage and reward work while reducing poverty, providing financial security for working families.  And it provides economic stimulus for the state. The EITC Tax Credit …

For those who will grasp at any straw that indicates the president’s political future is in trouble, the coronavirus is a gift. He was cavalier when he should have been serious. He exaggerated when he should have played it straight. He took the microphone when he should have handed it to peo…

Like most other things in life, we don’t have a clue about the coronavirus, the number of people who will die because of it, whether its mortality rate will exceed that of the flu, the damage it will do to the nation’s longest running bull market, or how prepared our health care system is to…

The Wall Street Journal last week made note that the total cost of the proposed programs by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would expand federal taxation levels to a poi not seen since World War II. The New York Times Friday had a piece titled “The Bernie Sanders Personality Test”, in …

A couple of weeks ago the Joint Fiscal Office at the Vermont Legislature in Montpelier released a study on what would happen if federal employees living in Vermont were exempt from paying income tax on their retirement income.  The tax exemptions would be on their benefits and retirement inc…

St. Albans City continued its forward march on Town Meeting Day, with voters giving their blessings to the city’s budget, a first-ever local option tax, the construction of a community pool at Hard’Ack, a bond to complete sidewalks in the city’s neighborhoods, and TIF bonds to redevelop the …

One thing I have come to appreciate after completing my first year as Franklin County Sheriff is just how different a Sheriff Office operates from other police agencies.

Bernie Sanders is right. The establishment is out to get him. He’s not surprised, nor are his fierce supporters, including President Trump, who tweets that nefarious party insiders are prying Mr. Sanders fingers from the hold he had on his party’s nomination for president, something that was…

Vermont legislators, in hopes of finding a fix to the dairy industry’s woes, last year engaged a marketing firm to identify opportunities the industry might have missed. The firm did as directed, with its answer being cheese. Premium cheese.

Please join me in supporting Michelle (Shellie) Raymo for School Director. Education has always been very important to Michelle. She will always put students first and be sure that everyone is treated fair. Michelle will be that school director who will always be willing to go the extra mile…

I grew up in Vermont. I live in the South now where the Civil War still lingers in the margins of life. This is never more evident than during presidential elections when every four years a spotlight is thrown on this country, on our collective consciousness and its heartbeat.

  I am excited to say that I will be supporting Jonathan Giroux as he runs for a selectman seat for the Town of St Albans, I have known Jonathan for some time now and have seen how he conducts himself in public. Sitting alongside of Jonathan on the Police Advisory Board, I see firsthand the …

Beginning this week, the Messenger will be expanding our weekend edition to cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This means we will be publishing a print newspaper five days per week instead of six. The Friday paper is being repositioned as our expanded weekend edition and will have all of our…

Writing again as a private citizen I would like to examine the use of LOT (Local Option 1% local sales tax) funds for “…use on existing and future Town infrastructure projects” as noted in an earlier Letter to the Editor. For clarification the word “infrastructure” is defined by the Merrian-…

A three-time Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter. The first African American to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners. One of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women.” The producer of the “Hunger Games” movies and a Golden Globes winner. And the author …

With Town Meeting Day only a short time away, I wanted to reach out today to explain why I'm running for a 3-year seat on the St. Albans Town Selectboard. My main priorities for the Town include working to pass a solution for a new or refurbished Town Hall, making the Bay the best recreation…

With all the monetary and free promises that Bernie Sanders is throwing out to win the presidency and realizing they will cost billions of dollars; he wants a large amount of these billions to come from Corporate America. Does anyone want to guess how many of these corporations will move the…

I am writing to express my well-earned support of Josh Aldrich for the position of Selectman in Richford. I am not a resident of Richford, and sadly, cannot support him with my vote coming up on March third. I’m opting to show my support for him as a candidate this way, because I sincerely b…

I just want to comment on the upcoming vote regarding year round pool in St. Albans. I think putting the money into a new year pool makes more sense, then plugging money into a small, old, outdated pool. Brannon's Pool may not like it. Stating it will take customers away from their indoor. I…

I am excited to say that I will be supporting Jonathan Giroux as he runs for a selectman seat for the Town of St Albans, I have known Jonathan for some time now and have seen how he conducts himself in public. Sitting alongside of Jonathan on the Police Advisory Board, I see firsthand the in…