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To the editor: Tom Bock for State Representative Windsor 3-1

To the editor: Tom Bock for State Representative Windsor 3-1

Experience and dedication are two of many factors why I am asking the voters of our district to vote for Tom Bock. Tom has a long history of dedicated public service on several levels. Service on the boards of Selectmen, Chester Planning Commission, chair of the Regional Planning Commission, membership on the Chester Economic Development […]

To the editor: State Rep. Tom Bock deserves our vote

To the editor: State Rep. Tom Bock deserves our vote

Tom Bock has served the residents of our town and legislative district with care and should be re-elected to the Vermont House of Representatives.  As a business owner, select person, local and regional planning commission member and a Chester resident, Tom knows well the needs and concerns of the people and places within our legislative […]

To the editor: Rep. Christensen urges voters to back Arrison for Statehouse

To the editor: Rep. Christensen urges voters to back Arrison for Statehouse

I am writing in support of John Arrison to be our next state representative to the Vermont legislature, representing Weathersfield and Cavendish. Arrison has the community in mind, no matter what job he has taken on. I know he will help Cavendish and Weathersfield with the experience, the determination and the dedication called for, and […]

To the editor: Family Center needs your help to provide Thanksgiving dinner to local families

To the editor: Family Center needs your help to provide Thanksgiving dinner to local families

Last year, the Chester-Andover Family Center asked the community to help us provide all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner to more than 100 Food Shelf recipients . The positive response was truly an inspiration and we were able to fill all Food Shelf recipient Thanksgiving Turkey requests. We thank all who responded with cash […]

To the editor: In response to global warming bill, everyone's vote counts

To the editor: In response to global warming bill, everyone’s vote counts

My letter is addressed to my Vermont friends who are ATV, snowmobile and motorcycle enthusiasts and who do not vote. I have heard from many of you that you do not vote because it doesn’t matter. “My vote doesn’t count,” you insist. Sadly, I have heard these sentiments from gun owners and hunters too. The […]

To the editor: Chester's Annual Senior Christmas Dinner postponed til 2021

To the editor: Chester’s Annual Senior Christmas Dinner postponed til 2021

After a great deal of soul searching and discussion it has been decided to postpone the Chester Annual Senior Christmas Dinner until 2021. With a few of the essential people expressing their concern, it is not a good nor a safe situation for anyone, especially since food is being cooked in various places beforehand and […]

To the editor: Vermont can elect a new type of governor

To the editor: Vermont can elect a new type of governor

Too often in 21st century political elections, we are faced with the situation of voting for the lesser of two evils from the two establishment parties. In the 2020 Vermont general election, we have seven candidates for the office of Vermont governor and thankfully a chance to break away from the aforementioned voting dilemma. A […]

To the editor: On Nov. 3, vote for new blood in Montpelier

To the editor: On Nov. 3, vote for new blood in Montpelier

As we enter another general election season, I encourage my fellow Vermonters to take a hard look at the local and statewide issues that affect our daily lives. In 2015, the education bill called Act 46 was passed with grand promises of efficiency, opportunity and importantly, a decrease in our property taxes. But just the […]

To the editor: Local Climate Action 350VT, other groups to rally in Chester for justice issues

To the editor: Local Climate Action 350VT, other groups to rally in Chester for justice issues

Climate Justice, Racial Justice, Migrant Justice, LGBTQ+ Justice, VOTE! Economy, Society and Environment are the pillars of sustainability. To achieve sustainability, economic and social inequalities that exist within our country and globally must be addressed. A peaceful demonstration is planned to bring attention to the inequities and encourage people to vote in the upcoming election. […]

To the editor: Global Warming bill extreme, harmful to Vermont

To the editor: Global Warming bill extreme, harmful to Vermont

Vermont produces .1 percent of the country’s emissions If you don’t know about the Global Warming Solutions bill, it is the most extreme and harmful bill ever passed in Vermont.  The goal of the bill is to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent while requiring 90 percent of Vermont’s energy to be from renewables. To […]

To the editor: Whalen drops race for state rep

To the editor: Whalen drops race for state rep

It has become clear to me that I can’t be elected to serve as representative for our district of Cavendish and Weathersfield. I wish I could take my name off the ballot, but want to urge folks not to vote for me. This election means a lot to us, doesn’t it? We want every vote […]

To the editor: Candidates must commit to full health, economic recovery from Covid-19

To the editor: Candidates must commit to full health, economic recovery from Covid-19

Since March 2020, more than 200,000 people in the United States have died from the Covid-19 pandemic, millions have become unemployed, climate-fueled disasters have destroyed lives and racial injustice has continued to compound the impacts of these crises on Black, Indigenous, communities of color, the elderly, and working people. Our government has failed to respond […]

To the editor: Family Center generates $7,000 with successful virtual raffle

To the editor: Family Center generates $7,000 with successful virtual raffle

We did it! Our first ever virtual raffle was a success. We raised over $7,000 for our “generator” fund. The Chester-Andover Family Center is grateful to Linda and Tom Diak and DyakCraft for their generous donation of the $700 knitting tools prize. We thank them for donating this special prize, their on-going support for the […]

To the editor: Balanced budget can't make up for lost federal aid

To the editor: Balanced budget can’t make up for lost federal aid

Dithering in Washington has left a lot of states scrambling to figure out how to pay for the support and services their citizens desperately need. In Vermont, Washington’s paralysis means the legislature will have just over a month to determine whether the $7.1 billion budget Gov. Phil Scott proposed for the current fiscal year will […]

To the editor: As school year starts, Weathersfield school board chair grateful to all

To the editor: As school year starts, Weathersfield school board chair grateful to all

For all the struggles that went into reopening schools this summer, Nature did smile on Vermont’s teachers and learners this week as our kids returned to school: conditions have been perfect for outdoor activity. Going in circles around my hay fields, I had a lot of time to think and feel a surge of thankfulness […]

To the editor: Senate candidate Stern chides holding legislative session

To the editor: Senate candidate Stern chides holding legislative session

This year has been destructive to Vermont and the country. In particular Vermont’s budget suffered a $400 million shortfall. Businesses as well as individuals are still harmed financially. The Vermont legislature came back in session at the reported cost of $2 million.  Now if I were in the legislature I would say to my colleagues, […]

To the editor: Sen. McCormack supporting Zuckerman for governor

To the editor: Sen. McCormack supporting Zuckerman for governor

I’ve worked well with both Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and Gov. Phil Scott for years. I’m proud to have been a part of Vermont’s tri-partisan response to Covid.  I like and respect both leaders. It is in this context that I’ll be voting for Dave Zuckerman for governor of Vermont. Dave supports family leave, and […]

Op-ed: One Drop

Op-ed: One Drop Passing as white, denying your identity

By James Michael Brodie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC “You see, unfortunately, I am not black. There are lots of different kinds of blood in our family. But here in the United States, the word ‘Negro’ is used to mean anyone who has any Negro blood at all in his veins. In Africa, the word is […]

To the editor: Pamala Smith running for Secretary of State

To the editor: Pamala Smith running for Secretary of State

Hello.  My name is Pamala Smith and I am running as an Independent candidate for Secretary of State.  If I am elected, I will do my best. I will work toward increasing voter confidence, leading to greater  participation and more significant results.  I will work to make the voting process not one in which all […]

To the editor: Chester's Hugging Bear Inn closing

To the editor: Chester’s Hugging Bear Inn closing

After almost four decades, the Hugging Bear Inn & Shoppe on Main Street in Chester is closing. Located next to the historic Academy Building and across from the Fullerton Inn, the Hugging Bear has been one of the foundational businesses of the Chester Village Green for as long as most of us can remember. Founded […]