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To the editor: Thanks to area firefighters for saving house

To the editor: Thanks to area firefighters for saving house

To the volunteer firefighters of Proctorsville, Cavendish, Ludlow, Springfield, Chester, Reading, Weston, Mount Holly, Ascutney, Walpole and Weathersfield who rallied to our home in the early hours of Feb. 15 to fight our house fire, we are eternally grateful. Through your efforts you were able to control the inferno and save our house. While there […]

To the editor: Sen. Clarkson updates legislative progress

To the editor: Sen. Clarkson updates legislative progress

The Vermont legislature is in the throes of “crossover’ – that two-week period when bills being considered by the House or the Senate must pass from one body to the other if they are to be enacted into law this year. This marks the half-way point in our legislative session. All of us worked hard […]

To the editor: Time to move on after Chester board passed UDBs

To the editor: Time to move on after Chester board passed UDBs

I would like to compliment the Chester Select Board for showing strong leadership at the Wednesday March 15 meeting. I was not thinking ahead so I was surprised by the chairman’s not allowing comments about the UDBs. Once that was stated it made perfect sense that that process was over and we were on to […]

To the editor: Challenge authority, not each other's integrity

To the editor: Challenge authority, not each other’s integrity

I would like the opportunity to address comments made to me regarding my previous letter and also respond to Frank Seawright’s letter, which I guess was a indirect response to mine even though he didn’t answer my criticism. I also would like to clarify my take on things here in Windham. I challenged Frank, not […]

To the editor: Windham board chair Seawright responds to critical letter

To the editor: Windham board chair Seawright responds to critical letter

As chair of the Select Board of the Town of Windham, I was recently vilified in a letter sent to various Vermont news outlets. Besides the peculiar accusation that I am “classless,” the letter criticizes a challenge at this year’s Town Meeting to another sitting Select Board member, who was up for re-election. Although the […]

To the editor: Feds urged to restart tool for FAFSA applicants

To the editor: Feds urged to restart tool for FAFSA applicants

The U.S. Department of Education and IRS have announced that they have shut down the income retrieval tool that simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is urging the Education Department and IRS to act quickly so that students and families do not have to manually enter […]

Commentary: Middlebury mob, education and free speech

Commentary: Middlebury mob, education and free speech

This commentary originally aired on VT Public Radio By Bill Schubart Many young people are, by nature’s design, rash and impulsive and in loco parentis educators must often deal with the fallout from their students’ lack of experience. Real-life consequences and good mentoring, mature them over time or they become infantilized adults. The recent protest that turned […]

Op-ed: Vermont governments must let the sunshine in

Op-ed: Vermont governments must let the sunshine in

By Jim Condos Vermont Secretary of State An open government makes for a better government. This is Sunshine Week and it is being celebrated all across the nation. In reality, it should be celebrated every week – not just this week – in Vermont and every other state. Here at the Secretary of State’s Office, […]

To the editor: Windham board chief disappoints in reaction to Scott win

To the editor: Windham board chief disappoints in reaction to Scott win

I am writing this letter to express my disappointment in the head of our Windham Select Board,  and the anti-wind group Friends of Windham. They continue to demonize and wage a smear campaign against any citizen of Windham whom they deem to be not stepping in line with their self interests. The most recent example […]

To the editor: Thank you for passing GMUHS budget

To the editor: Thank you for passing GMUHS budget

I want to thank all of you who approved our operating budget for the coming school year. For those who did not vote for the budget, I promise to do all I can so that our school earns your trust and confidence. Green Mountain Union High School students bring so much to our community. Besides […]

To the editor: Hall wants to move Grafton forward

To the editor: Hall wants to move Grafton forward

I’m Noralee Hall (that’s my dog Bess next to me) and this March 7th, town meeting day, I would appreciate your vote. I’m running for a 3-year Selectboard term. Here’s my brief back story: I live in town full-time, own my home, and I’ve worked in Grafton over the past 37 years. At the Grafton […]

To the editor: Bonds are being used like a credit card

To the editor: Bonds are being used like a credit card

I’ll vote for the school bond and the fire truck bond, but I do not support the paving and mower bonds. Let’s say I bought a $30,000 truck and took a loan for the full amount but paid only interest for the first three years.  At the end of the third year, I would still […]

To the editor: Chester committee needs your help

To the editor: Chester committee needs your help

The Chester Economic Development Committee is a group dedicated to stimulating the Chester economy. A marketing plan has been established, the first steps of which are detailed below. However, the CEDC needs your support and your photo contributions to help facilitate it. High Speed Internet Access The CEDC is discussing how to leverage the town’s […]

To the editor: Gustafson would bring much to Chester Select Board

To the editor: Gustafson would bring much to Chester Select Board

I know Lee Gustafson to be a hard working family man with a high level of integrity, intelligence, diverse life experience and one who treats others with fairness and respect. Lee owns and operates a successful home-based, family business in Chester, which brings him excellent insight to the diversity of our town’s population as well […]

To the editor: Cavanagh announces run for Derry Select Board

To the editor: Cavanagh announces run for Derry Select Board

My name is Tom Cavanagh and I am running for a seat on the Londonderry Select Board this March. I will be running for the seat that Bill Wylie held, which has a one-year term. My parents, Jim and Jean Cavanagh, owned the Londonderry Inn for many years and were very active in the community. […]

To the editor: Support school budgets

To the editor: Support school budgets

The Green Mountain Union High School Board respectfully requests your support of the FY 2017-18 proposed budget on Town Meeting Day. The budget represents an increase in the amount to be raised by taxes of 2.4 percent, largely based on personnel costs and a decrease in prior year fund balance. The budget itself indicates a […]

To the editor: Arrison will be good for business, historic Chester

To the editor: Arrison will be good for business, historic Chester

It is that time of year when we make important decisions about our local leaders. I am pleased to know, introduce and endorse Kelly Arrison for a one-year seat on the Chester Select Board. Kelly Arrison is active on the Chester Historic Preservation Committee, the Economic Development Committee and the Master Planning Committee.  In late […]

To the editor: Support Kelly Arrison

To the editor: Support Kelly Arrison

I am writing in support of Kelly Arrison who is running for a one-year seat on the Chester Select Board. Kelly is life-long resident of the area and has operated a business here for 26 years. He’s an active member of several committees that are important to our community. These include the Master Plan Steering […]

To the editor: Take a close look at Arrison

To the editor: Take a close look at Arrison

I ask Chester residents to take a close look at Kelly Arrison, who is running for a one-year seat on the Select Board. A long-time Vermonter, Chester resident and local businessman running Heads Up Motorsports, Kelly is well aware of the diverse needs of those trying to make a living locally and the factors that […]

To the editor: Clearing up confusion over Chester UDBs

To the editor: Clearing up confusion over Chester UDBs

Editor’s note: Carla Westine is chair of Chester’s Development Review Board but is commenting here as a private citizen, not on behalf of the DRB. There seems to be some confusion related to Home Business, Home Occupation and Building and Construction Trades and how all these terms apply to the proposed changes to the UDBs […]