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 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…

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…

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…

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…

 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 …

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

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-…

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…

When evaluating candidates for elected office I look to the individual’s personal characteristics-demonstrated traits not promises. It helps that I have had the opportunity to have worked and served with Bruce Cheeseman for many years.

I fully support the Fair Representation—the name says it all—Charter Change (3 + 3) being proffered by two of our concerned citizens.

I'm excited to be supporting Jonathan Giroux and Erin Creley in their respective races for seats on our Town's Selectboard. Since Town Meeting Day 2019, the Town has made a great deal of progress for our community on key issues. We've been able to work more closely with our neighbors in the …

Over the last few years, I have started to pay attention to Elizabeth Warren more & more, and I was beyond excited that she decided to run for president. I am very enthused to support her on this coming Super Tuesday!

In thinking about where best to locate the new Town Hall, I hope people will weigh the merits between practicality and romance. Writing as a private citizen, I’d like to offer some thoughts regarding the options for where a new Town Hall might be located.

I write this this letter in support of Jonathan Giroux who is currently running for Town Selectboard. Johnathon is a man of great integrity and honesty and a true family man. It is my true belief that when a man owns a business and is raising his family in the town he is running in, he will …

We are supporting Jonathan Giroux for Selectman of St. Albans Town. As a fellow small business owner and lifelong resident of St. Albans, we believe Jonathan shares our conservative values and will work hard for our community. He is a careful and deliberate communicator that seeks fresh idea…

We now have a beautiful revitalized downtown that includes a state-of-the-art Parking Garage supporting a new Hampton Inn and State office building and a revitalized downtown, including several refurbished storefronts and upper floor renovations. A current project underway which will move th…

Writing as a private citizen because I firmly believe the March 3rd election this Town Meeting Day will be a historic determination of the Town’s and community’s future. The contested Select Board seats offer a choice for local governance between a repetition of the old past or the beginning…

Thank you, Bloomberg columnist Cass Sunstein for telling us Bernie Sanders voters that we are only choosing to support him due to our primitive impulse of “outrage.” What would we ever do to know our own minds without your unbiased insight? Now we will all dump Bernie and dutifully flock to …

It is with high confidence that I recommend and endorse Jonathan Giroux for St. Albans Town Selectboard. With our rapid growth and the changes we are experiencing in our area, it is important and should be valued that we have someone with knowledge and wisdom of our area. Jonathan will bring…

The information provided by our City and Town leaders, has been nothing more than a sales pitch to sell a pool to the voters.

As most of you know by now I am running for reelection for a seat on the Town Select board. This will be the forth time I have campaigned for an elected seat in the Town. Never before have I had my campaign signs destroyed after I had distributed them in the Town.

I was still trying to get used to the idea that some Americans are going to jail because they don’t show up in court when hospitals sue them for unpaid medical bills when I came across other news that seemed at first like satire.  The state of Utah has a “Pharmacy Tourism Program” that pays …

At the time of this writing the governor has just vetoed the minimum wage bill. In order to truly understand a policy we must get into the details rather than just sound bytes. I am unaware of any legislator or statewide office holder who doesn’t want to help Vermonters. Contrary to Senate l…

Vermonters value our strong communities. We celebrate the good times with cheers and hugs, and we lend a helping hand when times are tough. Taking care of our neighbors – that’s what we do. During a power outage, we check in on our neighbors. After a heavy snow, we help shovel stoops and pus…

The future of Vermont’s transportation system is electric. On the House Transportation Committee we spent some time working on Electric Vehicle (EV) policy last year and that conversation is even livelier this year. We’re considering the Governor’s $3 million proposal to continue investments…