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   In this election season almost every candidate is promising to deliver “more affordable health care!” Most of them are at least subconsciously thinking  “I’ll support legislation to have the government compel somebody else to pay more of your health care costs. That ‘somebody else’ includ…

President Trump has shown how fragile our democracy is when we have a president who abuses his power and threatens the Constitution of the United States.

I realize the Messenger deals with news of Franklin County - and statewide issues - but I can't help but register my concern over news that the City of Burlington appears to be on the losing end of its campaign to rebuild Church Street with the $120 million CityPlace project. This is terribl…

 If government makes you wear a face mask to help ward off the spread of the coronavirus, has it trampled on your freedom, your personal liberty?

I believe the decision by the Swanton Village Board of Trustees to suspend the Swanton art board is wrong. To push the decision back to January is just hoping the issue blows over with the wind. I support Black Lives Matter and the right to highlight racial discrimination in our community. I…

Since the Legislature adjourned, a number of Coronavirus Relief Bills have been enacted; Assistance for Agriculture (dairy and non-dairy), Healthcare and Human Services (long-term care facilities, adult days, hospitals, independent providers, home health agencies), Housing (landlords, tenant…

 After listening to the Swanton village trustees meeting on July 13, 2020, regarding taking the wonderful community's open canvas art walls down, all of them, til January 2021 and then reading "Mr. LaBombard needs to apologize to Swanton,"' I am compelled to share some thoughts and views to …

Having read the article in the weekend edition of the St. Albans Messenger entitled, “Police debate comes to Maple Run”,  I feel the need to weigh in.  For those of you who do not know me, I retired from the position of Special Education Director of MRUSD in June 2019.  Prior to this I serve…

 I am writing this letter as a thank you to the group of people who provided a July 4th boat parade along Maquam Shore Road on Lake Champlain in Swanton. You brought holiday wishes to many and much happiness to my 87 year old father who loved the 4th of July. You were honking, waving your ar…

To school district superintendents, school boards, and school administrators who are considering recent requests to scrutinize and ultimately eliminate school resource officers, please remember:  On August 24, 2006, Christopher Williams entered Essex Elementary School, began shooting and kil…

 On Monday, July 13th, the Swanton Village Trustees decided to put an abrupt end to its free arts board project, citing a recent incident between a group of local artists and one resident who repeatedly and pointedly erased their artwork. These art boards had “turned into” what several in at…

Please, Governor Scott, step up to the plate and just REQUIRE that Vermonters wear face masks when inside stores & public buildings, or outside among groups of people in public.  You've been doing quite a good job of guiding the state through this new experience of trying to control a pa…

On June 17th, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act with a 73-25 vote. This, bipartisan legislation fully dedicates funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation's most successful conservation program, and funds repairs and maintenance projects for our public land m…

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 “I love to walk. Walking is a spiritual journey and a reflection of living,” wrote Edie Littlefield Sundby in I Was Given Three Months to Live. For many of us walking is a time for self-reflection or for recreation. For many others, though, it is a time of frustration or exclusion. For thos…

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In a recent virtual Veteran Town Hall, one Veteran expressed worry to me over the COVID-19 pandemic and one of his concerns was feeling unsure about how and when to seek health care that he knew was important but was wasn’t necessarily urgent or emergent. The White River Junction VA Healthca…

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We certainly cannot say, “All Lives Matter because some lives don’t matter at all especially in Vermont.  Pre-born human beings can be killed all nine months of pregnancy in Vermont.  Our Vermont Legislators even want to make it a Vermont Constitutional right to kill pre-born humans all nine…

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Our social distancing has given me the opportunity to do extended watching of activity in and around my deck. Sitting quite comfortably in a "zero gravity" lawn chair with binoculars at hand I’ve made this observation.  Years ago John Thoren gave me a gift of two Blue Bird Houses which I hun…

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Our state’s economy has been hit hard by the effects of Covid 19. The frightening circumstances faced by Vermont’s businesses and farmers statewide have not been ignored by our state legislature. What have they done to help Vermonters fight this Pandemic? 

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History was made again in the town of Georgia on Saturday the 20th of June. The Georgia town recreation area was dedicated to Peter and Frances Mallett.

Hello Neighbors in Enosburg and Montgomery,
My name is Dennis Williams, and I am running for the Vermont State Legislature in order to Represent Enosburgh and Montgomery in Montpelier.
As your representative I will fight for: a fair and aggressive economic recovery from the current pandemic;…

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 Montgomery voters are being asked to vote to approve an $18 million dollar (figure in literature) Bond on July 7, 2020 for the construction of "Streetscape" in the Center and Village, and at last evenings Zoom meeting learned there are three sewage disposal systems, two in the Center and on…

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Folks - I heartily agree with the statement: “All art is propaganda!”  I consider my own work to be propaganda (and I slyly add “On the side of the angels.”  By the way, the quote above is from one of my most respected authors, George Orwell.   

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President Trump said "the cupboards were bare" of ppe and ventilators when he took office, but they were bare three years into his administration. When asked about this he blamed Russian Gate, Ukraine Gate, and the impeachment, which is hogwash since there were adequate government resources …

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This week in the virtual Statehouse has seen a whirlwind of proposals to spend Coronavirus Relief Funds, and like the weather in Vermont, if you didn’t like one, wait a minute and a new one was proposed…Nearly four weeks ago, the Administration put forth a $400 million Relief package, with m…

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Wake up America." The term "  Black Lives" Matter" itself is Racist.  We all should know "All Lives Matter".  This topic should be forgotten. This Racist subject has caused protests and create robbery, robbery injuries and million of doors.  Check the following statistics:

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It continues to be a busy time not only in the Vermont House, but working on the Planning Commission and on related Covid issues for my fellow constituents in St. Albans. As we attempt to finish up legislative business before June 30th we have passed some significant bills in an effort to as…

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This family’s lawyer filed a motion to suspend or modify a noncustodial parent/child contact visit to the state of Florida for the summer due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s order for non essential travel. It was denied by Judge Howard E VanBenthuysen, Superior Court Judge in Fra…

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Folks - I just called Senator Sander’s office to urge him to get back in the race. 1-800 339 9834.  I believe this is far from a fantasy!  The events of the last weeks have shown a new, militant consciousness emerging among the electorate, and Joe Biden just won’t do as a transformative cand…

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 As I have received multiple questions lately concerning police policies, I wanted to take a moment and share some thoughts.  Instead of focusing solely on policies, perhaps a better thing to focus on is the type of culture a police agency has.  Culture, not just the organization’s policies,…

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One way that we can show respect on  Memorial Days and all other remembrances for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice is by wearing a mask. We can show respect for the 952 Vermonters who have tested positive for the virus and for the 54 who have died. We can also show respect for the…

Two weeks ago, the governor announced a $400 million package to help Vermonters recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This package is now in the possession of the legislature. It is my hope that it can be worked on and passed in relatively short time. This package is designed to …

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Two years ago, I filed the necessary paperwork to become a candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives. In the following months, I made my way around our community knocking on thousands of doors and having important conversations with so many of you about the serious issues we face as…

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A year from now Vermont state government will almost certainly look quite a bit different than it does now. We will hopefully have worked through much of the economic destruction of the COVID- 19 pandemic. State government will have pocketed and allocated $1.25 billion in Federal funds to cu…

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Communist China has a history of experimenting with contagious viruses. In 2013 scientists at the Harbin China Veterinary Research Institute produced a new virus by combining the HSN1 bird-flu with a 2009 H1N1 flu virus, and the resultant virus was highly contagious among humans. In 2019 the…

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On May 30, we in the US traditionally celebrated Decoration Day, (or Memorial Day as we now call it), and I can recall spending time decorating graves in the local cemeteries with my family and scout troops, as well as participating in parades to honor those who served our nation and didn’t …

Last week I filed my paperwork to run for another term serving St. Albans in the House of Representatives. We all know that 2020 is a very important election at all levels of government, but COVID-19 has made the stakes even higher on the state and local level. I'm proud to serve our communi…

In 2002 the state of Vermont experienced a significant recession and the impact on the state’s economy was felt in all sectors.  I had just been elected to the legislature and it was inspiring to see so many parts of state government work together with the state legislature to get Vermonters…

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Kudos to the BFA boosters for placing congratulation 2020 graduate signs on the lawn of every graduate. It is exciting to drive around Franklin County and see all the signs. Thanks for making their graduation special.

 There is such a thing as hearing the Sound of Freedom-today-Friday, May 22nd in the afternoon I definitely heard this sound. While standing in the Missisquoi River hoping to catch one of the large stocked rainbow trout, two F-35 National Guard jets came cruising over head in a salute to tho…

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The family of Wendy Elenor (Casavant) Lambert wishes to offer public thanks to all who’ve given us comfort in the wake of her sudden death in a hit-and-run accident on April 30, 2020. Though the pandemic prevents us from gathering together in our grief to honor her with a proper funeral, we’…

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Folks - I just caught Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman in an interview about his book “Arguing With Zombies” where he puts the lie to all the right-wing-austerity-unaffordable nonsense in terms of  the Federal budget - something Vermont’s zombie  Governor swears by.  Very strangely, and I …

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A good friend, from a small town in Vermont, wrote me the following: “Here half the population is griping that the other half of the population won't wear a mask. The non-mask wearers are griping that their fellow citizens want to strip them of their constitutional rights.” As a retired phys…

Last week the Vermont House  approved the second  reading of H.953, the Supplemental Budget Adjustment Act. This bill will balance the Vermont 2020 budget. Money committee members in the Vermont Legislature have long been committed to balancing the budget each year before they adjourn, but t…