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Commentary: Get to know Grace Cottage

Commentary: Get to know Grace Cottage

By Rep. Kelly Pajala The legislature meets Tuesday through Friday, so Mondays are often the one weekday during sessions when legislators have the opportunity to spend time back in their home districts. Last Monday, in the midst of my brain being consumed by the battle over gun control and school safety, I literally went out […]

To the editor: Make your voice heard

To the editor: Make your voice heard

Chester and Andover residents, I invite you to participate in a brief, four question research survey about Community and Youth in Chester and Andover, Vermont. I am an Andover resident, an early childhood educator and graduate student at Goddard College. The survey should take 3 to 5 minutes and will be up online until April […]

To the editor: Watershed Alliance thanks communities for support

To the editor: Watershed Alliance thanks communities for support

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance wants to sincerely thank the following communities and their citizens for supporting our efforts to monitor the waterways of our area: Brattleboro, Brookline, Dummerston, Jamaica, Londonderry, Newfane, Putney, Townshend and Wardsboro. Your support of our organization demonstrates your desire and commitment for our stream to be checked regularly throughout the […]

Commentary: Rep. Clarkson on gun safety, tech security bills

Commentary: Rep. Clarkson on gun safety, tech security bills

By Sen. Alison Clarkson Both bodies of the Vermont legislature have now passed three major measures to improve firearm safety in our state. These bills: S.221, H.422 and S.55 are designed to keep guns out of the hands of those who intend harm to themselves or others, domestic violence abusers, and those with a serious […]

To the editor: Gun proliferation is part of problem

To the editor: Gun proliferation is part of problem

Gun rights advocates are fond of saying “guns don’t kill people, people do.” Presumably this means that someone who is intent upon committing murder or mayhem will always find a weapon of some sort and a way to use it. So, since guns are not the problem, there is no need to control access to […]

Telegraph Poll: Why did you vote against the GMUSD budget?

Telegraph Poll: Why did you vote against the GMUSD budget?

The Green Mountain Unified School District Board is revisiting the budget that was voted down by residents in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester and has questioned why it failed.  The Telegraph wants to give you the opportunity to say why you voted against it. (You can also choose multiple answers.)

Commentary: Rep. Bock on gun, tax measures

Commentary: Rep. Bock on gun, tax measures

By Rep. Tom Bock The school shooting in Florida plus the incident at Fair Haven High School right here in Vermont has brought the need for immediate attention to be paid to gun violence. Gov. Phil Scott had already outlined an action plan to improve school safety and reduce gun violence. The gun violence prevention […]

To the editor: GM Iron Chef teams cook up wins

To the editor: GM Iron Chef teams cook up wins

St. Patrick’s Day proved to be a lucky day for two of the three Jr. Iron Chef teams that Green Mountain Middle & High sent to compete in the 11th Annual Jr. Iron Chef Competition in Essex on Saturday, March 17. GM teams have competed for six years, and our teams have been winners in […]

To the editor: Condos concerned by over-reach of Homeland Security bill

To the editor: Condos concerned by over-reach of Homeland Security bill

As Vermont’s Chief Elections Officer my responsibility is to ensure that our fundamental democratic voting rights are protected. I recently learned of language included in Section 4012 of H.R.2825, which provides for the reauthorization of the federal Department of Homeland Security, which would allow armed Secret Service agents to enter polling locations – at the […]

To the editor: Gun owners, control advocates can find common ground

To the editor: Gun owners, control advocates can find common ground

On March 14, I watched about 30 Leland and Gray students walk out of their school and conduct a 17-minute demonstration to honor the 17 students and teachers who were slaughtered in the April 14 school-shooting in Florida, and to demand action by national and state legislators to prevent such tragedies from happening again. The […]

Editorial: Sunshine for Southern Vermont

Editorial: Sunshine for Southern Vermont

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC This week, we “celebrate” Sunshine Week, that annual effort by journalists and good government advocates around the country to raise awareness of the crucial role that open meetings and public documents play in our democracy. Of course, for journalists, every week is Sunshine Week. And, over the years, […]

Op-Ed: Open government is good government

Op-Ed: Open government is good government

By Jim Condos Vermont Secretary of State March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, a national celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. All across Vermont new board members and other town and city officials are being sworn in and taking their seats for the first time. I am […]

EDITORIAL: Involvement is the next step in fixing GMUSD budget

EDITORIAL: Involvement is the next step in fixing GMUSD budget

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The voters of the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester have spoken, voting down the new Green Mountain Unified School District’s first ever budget, amounting to $12.5 million. The outcome was far from inevitable. While there were strong objections to the proposal, many teachers and parents as […]

To the editor: Board chair urges 'Yes' vote on new GMUSD budget

To the editor: Board chair urges ‘Yes’ vote on new GMUSD budget

The Green Mountain Unified School District became operational in September 2017. In short order, the board, represented by the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester, elected officers, organized committees, and began work on the budget. The budget proved challenging. We had anticipated substantial savings as a result of consolidation under Act 46. Because of […]

To the editor: Green Mountain Party seeks pay equity study

To the editor: Green Mountain Party seeks pay equity study

The Green Mountain Party has requested that T.J. Donovan, our state’s attorney, investigate the pay inequity between the sexes. We have requested the number of investigations done on pay discrimination for the last 10 years. We have asked for his plans to investigate the pay inequity we have been hearing about, where women are paid […]

Editorial: Vote 'No' on GMUSD budget: It's not 'for the kids'

Editorial: Vote ‘No’ on GMUSD budget: It’s not ‘for the kids’

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Telegraph urges the voters of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to vote NO on Tuesday, March 6 on the proposed $12.5 million school budget for the new Green Mountain Unified School District. The GMUSD school board needs time to retool its budget to offer the added […]

Telegraph Poll: Should public school teachers in Vermont be armed in school?

Telegraph Poll: Should public school teachers in Vermont be armed in school?

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To the editor: Chester Brochure Committee seeks listings, photos

To the editor: Chester Brochure Committee seeks listings, photos

Over the last three years, the Chester Brochure has become the premier marketing tool for Chester businesses and services. The addition of an online presence at Meet Chester Vermont and on Facebook has significantly expanded our reach and the effectiveness of this effort. Work is now under way on the 2018 brochure including: Contacting local […]

Sen. Clarkson: Firearms, minimum wage hike among issues in state Senate

Sen. Clarkson: Firearms, minimum wage hike among issues in state Senate

By Sen. Alison Clarkson The arrest of a Poultney teenager who was allegedly planning a mass school shooting at the Fair Haven high school should be a game changer in Vermont. We can no longer justify inaction on enacting common sense firearm safety measures. Yes, Vermont is a safe state, but we now know that […]

To the editor: In debate on mass killings, AR-15 restrictions must be addressed

To the editor: In debate on mass killings, AR-15 restrictions must be addressed

Efforts by students to ban the weapon used to slaughter 17 of their friends and teachers on Feb. 14 in Florida have been rebuffed by lawmakers. None of the politicians with whom they met, including the president, supported making the sale of AR-15s illegal, even though it has been the weapon of choice in five […]