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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,…

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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.  

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 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…

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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…

This is a shout out to Peter DesLauriers, former Mayor of the City of St. Albans and a teacher at your City Elementary school. If my memory is correct it was Mr. DesLauriers who came up with the idea of getting local school children involved in the Veterans Day activities at Taylor Park. He …

My interest in the presidency started with a Jesuit priest who played a part in our government procedures that establish how we select and elect our president today. That was a long time ago. Since that time I have usually started my day reading the daily newspapers and watching C-Span on te…

After President Erdogan of Turkey spoke to President Trump an inept decision was made by Trump to pull our military forces from northern Syria. This allowed Turkey to invade and attack the Kurds.

The protesters for Milk with Dignity actions are misdirected.  They should have been protesting the low milk prices paid  to our local Vermont Farmers.  Ben and Jerry's (Unilever) has been paying farmers below what it  costs them to produce a gallon of milk or cream for years. Unilever negot…

After President Erdogan of Turkey spoke to President Trump an inept decision was made by Trump to pull our military forces from northern Syria. This allowed Turkey to invade and attack the Kurds.

When I write about leaders and leadership, I would hope the readers of this column don’t feel that I am on the same schedule as the locust: every seven years.


I’ve previously written about how our unfunded pension liabilities are Vermont’s sleeping giant. We owe our state employees and teachers about $4.5 billion more than we have in the bank. We’ve seen two credit-rating downgrades in one year. Our “funded ratio” (the ratio of assets to liabiliti…

For hundreds of years Vermont has had many things to be proud of,from it's strong work ethic to protecting our environment. Now we have obtained a label that has no pride in it whatsoever. Vermont now leads the entire nation in the number of teens and young adults using and hooked on drugs.

I join others in the political world who wish Senator Sanders a complete recovery from his recent health problems.  I also want to commend the senator’s many followers for sending in their support over the past several years. That speaks well of the senator as a person. I have not met him in…

For Vermonters who share a 40-year history with Bernie Sanders last night’s debate was important in that he looked healthy, he was warm in thanking those who thought of him during his convalescence, and he was able to put to work his wit and humor. For anyone expecting his support to dissipa…

Wendy Cobb: Liz Gamache.....thank you for writing this article. Something has to be resolved here, and very very quickly. The problems with proficiency goes beyond, as colleges may say "Oh well we look at SAT and ACT scores". That is a whole argument on its own, but my son is looking at a co…

It’s a performance Bernie Sanders thought he’d never have to give. Tonight, two week after having suffered a heart attack, he’s going to have to prove to those watching the televised debate, that his health is good enough to be president.

So the working class of Vermont is scheduled to get a whopping raise of 18 cents in January? Is that right? 18 whole pennies? Wow, I hardly know where to spend it all.

Imagine a landowner and a County Forester walking in the woods. They’re standing in the middle of a grove of mixed hardwoods. Interspersed within the numerous brown and grey trunks are softer hues of birch trees. The County Forester offers the landowner tips to manage her 300-acre woodlot. F…

As a Vermonter I’m kinda sad to read about Bernie and his heart attack and his decision to dial back his campaign; it’s not that often that we have a political candidate on the national level, with an international reputation. We had Howard Dean, but he stormed his way all the distance to Io…

In John McClaughry's letter about climate change, he claims that the "rights of others" are being trampled on by climate change protesters who disrupted a parade in Brattleboro and held up traffic in Montpelier. Although the marches/demonstrations did cause some inconveniences, citizen actio…

I am writing in response to Pete Gummere’s letter in the September 5 Messenger, in which he castigates the UVM Medical Center for so-far-unproven allegations that the hospital violated new protections for health care providers. Those 'protections' were generated by the Trump administration’s…

Please allow me to join the many in expressing my appreciation to Dave Kimel for his outstanding work at Collins Perley. Who knows how many adults and children’s lives have been impacted by his dedication, and leadership at this wonderful St. Albans facility. Public servants of this quality …

The recent revelations by the Civil Rights Office at US Health and Human Services in which a nurse was reportedly compelled under pain of a loss of employment and potential loss of a nursing license to assist in an elective abortion procedure in violation of her conscience are nothing shy of…

Is it me, an aging spinster? Am I the only one apparently frozen in time? Does no one else have their jaw drop when they read about our presidential candidates proposing trillion dollar programs, whether it’s climate change, or Medicare for All, or the nation’s infrastructure, or forgiving a…

As reported by VTDigger, I testified briefly before the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee on July 29 and discussed a few issues arising from our audit of the St. Albans Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and subsequent actions by the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC). I promise…