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To the editor: Liberate U.S. from two-party system with independent candidate for Congress

To the editor: Liberate U.S. from two-party system with independent candidate for Congress

Most of us do not need to be convinced that the two-party system is incapable of solving our challenges. Disgust for the system’s corruption and ineffectiveness happens to be one of the few remaining areas of agreement between the left and right. The primary reason that two-thirds of Americans agree the system is broken is […]

To the editor: Add four seats to Supreme Court <br>to reinstate balance

To the editor: Add four seats to Supreme Court
to reinstate balance

Right now, the right to abortion care is at risk because of a deliberate, decades-long takeover of the Supreme Court by powerful right-wing extremists. We’re seeing the culmination of this takeover as the court prepares to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that made abortion access a constitutional right. This opens the door for […]

To the editor: State senators disrespect hard-working Vermonters

To the editor: State senators disrespect hard-working Vermonters

To my fellow Vermonters, For the last 17 years, I have worked as a fuel and propane delivery driver serving the residents of Vermont.  I am just one of the many drivers and employees in the home heat industry working to make sure you and your loved ones stay warm during the long, dark and […]

To the editor: Rep. Bock won't seek re-election, endorses Chase for new House district

To the editor: Rep. Bock won’t seek re-election, endorses Chase for new House district

After much consideration, I have made the difficult decision not to seek re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives. Serving in the state legislature and representing my constituents from the towns of Chester, Andover, Baltimore and North Springfield for the past six years has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I am […]

To the editor: Chase announces State House run for new Windsor-Windham District

To the editor: Chase announces State House run for new Windsor-Windham District

Dear residents of Chester, Grafton, Windham and Athens: I am excited to announce my candidacy as a Democrat for the Vermont House of Representatives serving the new Windsor-Windham District. This is a new House District formed during the 2022 reapportionment process. Currently, Tom Bock represents Chester and Carolyn Partridge represents Grafton, Windham, and Athens. I […]

To the editor: Tri-Mountain Broadband invites communities to May meeting

To the editor: Tri-Mountain Broadband invites communities to May meeting Seeks to serve under- and unserved S. Vermont towns

Our kids and small businesses can’t continue to be the last to get good, affordable and dependable broadband. Just like everyone in the more profitable, densely populated and politically connected parts of Vermont, they deserve it as soon as possible. It’s only fair. Built from the ground up to be Vermont’s only broadband network to […]

Op-ed: Bills address continuing impacts of Covid

Op-ed: Bills address continuing impacts of Covid

By Sen. Alison Clarkson This year, instead of producing several smaller, focused bills, the Senate Economic Development Committee created one omnibus economic development bill with a wide range of proposals. It took longer than expected to finish and the House Commerce Committee is now considering it. The purpose of the bill is to “address the […]

To the editor: Vote for Balint for Congress

To the editor: Vote for Balint for Congress

Vermont Democrats have a decision to make on Primary Day, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Who among the four current candidates should be the party’s choice to replace U.S. Rep. Peter Welch in the General Election in November? Let me tell you why I am supporting Becca Balint of Brattleboro. For one thing, I am impressed by […]

Op-ed: Legislature faces challenge of housing crisis

Op-ed: Legislature faces challenge of housing crisis

By Sen. Alison Clarkson After many long floor sessions debating and passing bills to the other body, the legislature has pretty much completed crossover, that point in the session where all bills that have any chance of making it into law have to be passed from the House to the Senate or vice versa. It […]

To the editor: GM Class of '72 seeks feedback for 50th anniversary reunion

To the editor: GM Class of ’72 seeks feedback for 50th anniversary reunion

Alumni Day June 11, 2022 is fast approaching and several members of the Green Mountain Union High School Class of 1972 are trying to determine if there is any interest in holding a reunion for our 50th anniversary year. NO LARGE FLOATING BUILDING THIS YEAR!!  WE ARE PAST THAT POINT.  HOWEVER, WE MAY WALK OR RIDE […]

To the editor: Chester Planning chair thanks all who turned out for recent hearing

To the editor: Chester Planning chair thanks all who turned out for recent hearing

Despite March Madness, soft roads and sugaring, on the evening of Monday, March 21, a group of Chester citizens joined a hearing at Town Hall for a proposed amendment to Chester’s bylaws. The amendment creates a new district around our village Green. In these times when government can feel remote and detached from our everyday […]

To the editor: Thanks to the staff at Springfield Hospital

To the editor: Thanks to the staff at Springfield Hospital

Recently a cherished family member fell ill and passed away at Springfield Hospital. In the difficult hours we fought to save my brother’s life, we could not have been more comforted by the staff in the Emergency Department and on the floor at Springfield. Included in the amazing team is Julie, Carla, Joella, Chris, April, […]

Sunshine Week 2022: Government transparency is the key to restoring public trust

Sunshine Week 2022: Government transparency is the key to restoring public trust

By Secretary of State Jim Condos and Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters Every year we join with government transparency advocates from around the country to celebrate Sunshine Week, March 13 – 19, serving as a reminder that a well-functioning government is built upon the public’s right to know. Good government is open government! Government […]

To the editor: Understanding zoning bylaws

To the editor: Understanding zoning bylaws

On the last Saturday of February, I walked from Cobleigh Street to School Street distributing the text of the bylaw amendment for the proposed Village Green district to anyone who was interested. I was lucky enough to chat with several property and business owners. Many people expressed concerned about the bylaws and I finished my […]

Op-ed: Rep. Tom Bock on action in Montpelier

Op-ed: Rep. Tom Bock on action in Montpelier

Editor’s note: The following column was taken from Rep. Bock’s recent presentation on Town Meeting Day. By Rep. Tom Bock Schools have been operating under advisory guidance from the Agency of Education with authority for school districts to set their own requirements. The most recent AOE guidance, that schools should require universal indoor masking for […]

To the editor: Planning Commission becoming business friendly

To the editor: Planning Commission becoming business friendly

I’d like to comment here that our Planning Commission, particularly our Planning Commission subcommittee, has had a productive year for the betterment of the business community. So much so that they are hard to keep up with, even if one is doing his or her best to pay attention. For the better part of a […]

To the Editor: In praising Putin, Trump leaves supporters straddling a gap

To the Editor: In praising Putin, Trump leaves supporters straddling a gap

As the brave Ukrainian people fight to protect their homes against Russian invaders, Donald Trump has praised Putin and refused to condemn his naked aggression. Russian state television is even quoting Trump and his lapdog, Tucker Carlson, in support of the war. A widening crevice is opening beneath the Republican party and Trump supporters. Simply […]

To the editor: Dakin on running for re-election to Chester Select Board

To the editor: Dakin on running for re-election to Chester Select Board

Greetings, Thanks to the hard work and continuing efforts of our residents who are active in their support of the municipal and school functions that often we take for granted, Chester is an attractive and good place to live.  Our school system, including Green Mountain Union High School and Chester-Andover Elementary School, continues to meet […]

To the editor: Robin Trask on running for Andover Select Board

To the editor: Robin Trask on running for Andover Select Board

Hello Andover Voters: My name is Robin Trask. I would like to give my time and energy to one of the seats on the Andover Select Board.  I have served on the Andover Select Board previously, and was mentored by  Sam Chauncey and Harold “Red” Johnson, both wonderful men who served the town of Andover […]

To the editor: Susan Leader on candidacy for Andover Select Board member

To the editor: Susan Leader on candidacy for Andover Select Board member

Dear Andover voters, My name is Susan Leader. I would like the opportunity to give back to our community by serving on the Andover Select Board. I was born and passed my early childhood in Andover, attending the Peaseville one room schoolhouse in the 1950s. I also raised my own children here. For over 40 […]