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My Andover Town Meeting

My Andover Town Meeting

  By Sandy Stiassni I  remember Andover Town Meeting well, from my long-ago childhood. Now 58 years old, I last attended Town Meeting in March 1961. My grandparents Ernst and Margaret Stiassni owned Hill Top Farm in Andover. Located on a rugged land assembly of rolling hills, pastures and valleys, it had been discovered by […]

Why Vermont needs a federal farm bill

   By Ted Brady and Bob Paquin This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Vermont congressional delegation — Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch — are working hard to pass the Farm Bill […]

Festivals, foliage and a fond farewell from former Message editor Gary Band

Festivals, foliage and a fond farewell from former Message editor Gary Band

From the editor: Former Message editor Gary Band asked The Chester Telegraph to run this column, knowing that he might not get the opportunity to say farewell to the many people who have touched his life since he first came into the area almost two years ago. We believe everyone deserves a voice, and we […]

Rep. Dakin seeks your input on end of life, GMOs, early education and child-care issues

Rep. Dakin seeks your input on end of life, GMOs, early education and child-care issues

Clearly, End of Life Care legislation — where terminally ill patients with less than six months to live can request a prescription for drugs that they can self-administer to end their lives — will be a major issue in the State House in the final eight weeks of the session. I’d like your opinion: Do […]

State should adopt more transparency for law enforcement

State should adopt more transparency for law enforcement

This commentary by Bill Schubart was written for Vermont Public Radio and aired Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Audio is available on line at VPR.net. By Bill Schubart By way of full disclosure, I’m Chair of the VT Journalism Trust, doing business as VTDigger.org, serve on the Board of the VT ACLU, and am a former […]

Health care, job creation top Rep. Dakin's legislative priorities

Health care, job creation top Rep. Dakin’s legislative priorities

We have hit the ground running after our swearing in on Wednesday Jan. 9 and the inauguration of Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday Jan. 10. I have the privilege of continuing as a member of the House Committee on Health Care, where for the past two years we have been working on legislation that hopefully […]

Single payer: A common sense approach to health care

Single payer: A common sense approach to health care

By Leigh Dakin Nationally, health care has emerged as a central issue in this election.  Rightly so, with nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance and the cost of insurance and health care growing much faster than our incomes. The United States spends far more on health care than any other country: on average $8,000 […]

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A Tale of Two Towns: Chester PA & Chester VT

By Sandy Stiassni While I have childhood memories of Chester, VT as an exceptionally fine place to live, set apart from banal Big-Box retail communities that have come to comprise so much of small town and suburban life in America, I’ve known another Chester, in a different locale and with a different character. As a […]

An unforgettable childhood in 1960s Chester

An unforgettable childhood in 1960s Chester

By Sandy Stiassni Like many New York Times readers, I read Abby Goodnough’s arresting article about the Dollar General plan to colonize Chester. It brought back treasured early youth snapshots. My grandparents were Chester residents. They become naturalized in the1940s, having emigrated as holocaust survivors from war-occupied Brno, now in Czech Republic. My grandfather, a […]

CVPS must repay ratepayers $21 million

By Leigh Dakin The repayment of the $21 million loan to CVPS from ratepayers has emerged as a hot issue in the closing days of this legislative session.  Early on, I joined as a co-sponsor of the House bill to require this repayment. For me, this is a simple question of fairness and fulfilling a […]

Commentary: Vaccines can help keep rising health-care costs down

Commentary: Vaccines can help keep rising health-care costs down

By Leigh Dakin Many issues that come before the State House require balancing personal freedoms against the public good. In areas that involve health, the public good includes who will pay the cost of medical treatment. Currently, the state and federal governments are the payers of last resort, but the current system is unsustainable. An […]