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Last week, the legislature returned to Montpelier for the 2020 legislative session.  I could spend this update with an overview of everything, but instead, I will focus on a big issue to many of you and one that came up a few times today during our legislative breakfast in Swanton.  That iss…

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance, a priority for legislative leadership, is already sitting  in conference committee, before the first week of the Vermont 2020 Legislative session is over! As with all bills, there needs to be agreement between the Senate version and House version …

As a subscriber to the “Messenger” and a radio news listener, it is sometimes very disheartening to read or hear the news.  There are times when I don’t feel like opening the paper or turning on the radio.  The political divide in this country will only worsen in the upcoming impeachment and…

In reference to the climate change protesters who rudely interrupted Gov. Scott's State of the State address: are we to assume they are all already owners/operaters of electric vehicles?

Last week, while I was out-of-state on vacation with my family, my detached garage caught fire in Swanton.  Fortunately, a passerby noticed the smoke and called in an alarm.

The Franklin County Legislative Delegation will be holding the first Legislative Breakfast on Monday January 13th from 8-9:30 am.  It will be held in a new place in Swanton this year at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge located at 29 Tabor Road in West Swanton.  The public is invited …

Hope everyone had a great holiday. Now we need to get down to reality. First and foremost Bernie Sanders needs to step down and OUT of his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Vermont. He has not done a good thing for us Vermonters as he is all over this country protesting the good things ha…

It's a sad, albeit scary, day when a person or persons feel the need to post placards in public places saying that, "It's okay to be anti-Semitic." That's just plain wrong. It's not okay to be hostile to or prejudiced against Jews or hostile to or prejudiced against anyone who might be diffe…

The Jews gave us so many good things. Why are they so hated? For 4000 years Jews have inscribed the First 5 books of the Bible over and over, word for word, letter for letter, and learning the meaning of these words, passing them on to the next generation. There are many rules and laws about…

I have been a St. Albans Town resident for more than 40 years, and I have never been more opposed to anything than this ridiculous idea of a year-round swimming pool.

A few years ago I learned that as we edge closer to our 60’s we feel more sharply time going by and the changes that come with age, especially the loss of friends.

I believe state lawmakers and most Vermonters have good intentions when it comes to climate change and our environment. I don’t believe the TCI or carbon tax falls in line with those values. The carbon tax in its current state will affect people with good incomes very little and only hurt th…

I have been a St. Albans Town resident for more than 40 years, and I have never been more opposed to anything than this ridiculous idea of a year-round swimming pool.

Most of our regular readers will know that the property tax is one of the major sources for funding Vermont’s public school system. Properties in Vermont are divided into two groups: non-resident property and resident property.

I'd like to thank the town and city manager for their attempt to answer questions about the pool at Hardack, for the general public to vote on in March 2020.

The Voters/Taxpayers of Saint Albans Town will be asked to approve $2.75 million dollars in additional property taxes at Town Meeting in March.

The Town of Highgate and the Highgate School Community  has lost a dear friend. David Roddy passed away on Tuesday evening, December 17th.  Much will be said about David and all of the ways in which he enriched the lives of people who had the good fortune of knowing him.  Perhaps the people …

The Vermont State Guard thanks Maplefields and Dunkin Doughnuts of St. Albans for providing coffee and doughnuts for members of The Vermont State Guard and United Way volunteers during Operation Happiness 14 December 2019 .

A month before Seven Days broke the story of alleged abuse of incarcerated women at the Chittenden correctional facility, I registered for the national conference of the Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations (AJFO) in Atlanta. As the fallout from the story intensified in…

We have been asked by Mayor Smith, to take our time considering the bond vote, for the new pool construction, at Hard'ack Recreation Area. Everything I've read for this new pool, states that, each community paying for one half of the construction cost, nothing for who is responsible for the …

I would like to thank Mr. Emerson Lynn for his very informative editorial concerning the commercialization of marijuana. His homework on the subject reveals many of the proven negative issues around the subject, also pointing out that with what is already being allowed by law that commercial…

It was encouraging to read that House Speaker Mitzi Johnson has personal reservations about establishing a commercial market for pot in Vermont. My opinion of her just went up about three levels. At least she’s showing that she’s not captive to her party and that she has a mind of her own, a…

The total cost of Vermont’s Education is estimated at  $1.7 billion  for the next school year.  It is the amount needed to need to run Vermont’s public pre-K through  grade 12 schools for FY2020-2021, and is the state’s largest fund.  Where does all that money go?

I wonder has anyone noticed the once beautiful stream called the Wild Branch, running from Craftsbury to the Lamoille River in Wolcott? I was born in the town of Wolcott, and spent a big part of my 92 years there, and well remember when there was hardly a place where the stream was more than…

According to the article titled “Cap and Trade. Accountability on 2020 Agenda” printed recently in the St. Albans Messenger, the Vermont Climate Caucus presented its upcoming 2020 legislative priorities at City Hall. The Climate Caucus’s proposal for a cap and trade is a smoke screen for ano…

Recent events in the political world may not be telling readers and all those who watch “TV news” what’s really going on. The weekend television ‘news” channels gave us two very different coverages of the impeachment proceedings, That seems to be the case with the major networks when they do…

I have been splitting, stacking and hauling firewood since I was a kid, though I now cheat a bit and order from a couple of local brothers who deliver the wood already split. The stacking and hauling still keeps me busy enough and, as they say, the wood warms me twice. I enjoy the daily ritu…

On Wednesday, I attended the annual Legislative Fiscal Briefing as we prepare for the start of the session on January 7th. The big takeaway for me was that Vermont’s economy is doing well, but that our dependence on federal dollars means that we are vulnerable in key areas like healthcare an…

We were told - last year in fact - that the marquee event to attend for the pre-Christmas festivities was in St. Albans. Really, we asked? We don’t live here, but live close enough, that it is not that difficult to get the kids in the car and get up there. I can only speak for our family, bu…

Thanks to failed Democrat/Progressive policies of the past, Vermont has an affordable housing crisis and in addition, one in every three Vermont households live in homes that consume an unduly high proportion of their income.

 Earlier this week the Vermont Tax Commissioner sent out the annual letter from the administration to state legislative leaders recommending rates for the FY 2020/2021  homestead property tax and the non-homestead rate.  

This is just a passing observation, but Swanton, to this outsider, seems on the rise and it’s about its people and the choices the town’s leaders are making. There was the news of Kathy Lavoie and her appointment by governor to the state board of education. No one works harder that she does,…

Two years ago the school asked the tax payers to approve a $16 million bond indebtedness that was voted down due to a lack of specificity providing breakdown of cost and separating need to do versus nice to do portions.  

 It was recently announced that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has reached a record high of 407.8 parts per million according to a report released by the World Meteorological Organization. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen sharply with the…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a disturbing new report on antibiotic resistance, the first since its benchmark survey in 2013. Antibiotic resistance is the tendency of pathogens — bacteria and fungi — to fight back against antibiotic drugs, making some infection…

I would be remiss in not reaching out and commending the Messenger for the story on Rob Cioffi and his almost 40 years of coaching the Steelers youth football team. The story was a like a whos who of St. Albans and its storied history with youth football. It was truly interesting to go throu…

For young generations, clean energy is not an option, it’s an expectation. For seniors, health-impaired neighbors, and businesses, reliable and affordable electricity is a lifeblood necessity. We’ve heard scientists’ alarms, seen that dangerous planetary warming is underway -- happening even…

Improving health and access to care for all Vermonters, within the context of developing a sustainable economic cost-management (containment) model, has been the modus operandi linked in multiple attempts to innovate the health care delivery system in the state. The all-payer model which bri…