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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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 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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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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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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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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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…

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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

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Voters in the town of Georgia have plenty of motivation to get their ballots in this autumn. There's the presidential race, a couple of interesting statewide races and what could be a pitched battle between an incumbent and a well-known community member for state representative. But there's …

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The last time there was a commitment to invest millions of dollars in St. Albans City, it was spurred by a comprehensive plan to redevelop the downtown core and help a major employer expand. We are fortunate that another member of our business community, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), has n…

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 As a citizen of St. Albans and as a member of the St. Albans City Council, I would like to speak out against recent instances where a white nationalist hate group put stickers up around our City.Such hate has no place in our community, and I condemn this group and their perspective. I join …

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As far as I can tell, Vermont legislators are less able to represent their communities in Montpelier than they used to be.  I sense that political party agendas and lobbyists’ activities determine most of the detailed legislation that legislators get to comment on.  Are there current citizen…

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I have known Carl Rosenquist for a long time. When I first was elected to the Georgia School Board in the early 1990’s,  he spent a lot of time with me to help my understanding of the teachers’ strike that had just been resolved and the remaining fiscal obligations of the recently completed …

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Just wanted to do a quick shout out to Kelly Wakefield for the amazing flowers in downtown St. Albans. The pop of colors, the vibrancy , brought such joy to downtown. It was so fun to hear all the amazing comments on how beautiful it was. Thank you Kelly for giving us the gift of beauty this…

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My apologies to Rep. Gregoire and Rep. Leffler for lambasting them over using the identical "vote explanation" for their votes against the Global Warming Solutions Act, H.688 last week. As Rep.Gregoire quite gently explained in his 9/18 Messenger Weekend edition letter, the clerk's office ma…

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As the national conversation swirls around policing and racism both systemic and explicit we, in this community, have focused on the former and not so much the latter. It's been a divisive oftentimes isolating fight for those of us asking for greater accountability of our law enforcement off…

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In a recent letter to the editor, a writer criticized me for having the same word for word vote explanation on the Global Warming Solutions Act as another representative. The fact that two very different people had the exact same written explanation would have triggered most people to think …

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I was shocked and frankly disappointed to be alerted to a letter to the editor published yesterday that was not only blatantly false but an attack on my character and work ethic. The letter submitted by Paula Schramm alleged that on the recent vote on H.688, both myself and Representative Gr…

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 I am writing in hearty support of Emerson Lynn's recent editorial congratulating Brendan Deso and the St. Albans Town Select Board for Mr. Deso's talk of hoped-for future cooperative efforts between the town and city. Mr. Deso specifically mentioned the possible town-city collaboration on t…

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Watch for School Bus flashing YELLOW lights and slow down and stop. If you see a bus ahead of you driving down the road with Yellow lights flashing, then beware that they will soon be coming to a stop at which time their RED flashing lights come on. When the RED flashing lights come on there…

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 Big issues like systemic racism and police reform require leaders to listen and look beyond the polarized positions of our current discourse to choose solutions that work for everyone. As a member of the Saint Albans City Council, I helped to craft a letter last spring committing us to take…