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Just as young parents rightly prioritize the health and well-being of our children, at mid life we also begin thinking more about the health and well-being of our own parents. By 2030, Vermont will be one of the oldest states – if not the oldest state – in the country. Forty percent of Vermo…

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We often hear from individuals that they don’t know who to call for help or that they are uncertain if what they are experiencing is enough to reach out for additional support. If a situation is causing you or someone you are in contact with …

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First, the proposed city budget. The proposed increase in the city tax rate is 2.84 percent, or 1.46 cents, to be put before the voters on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Voters passed a separate item last August to add an additional cent to the tax rate, t…

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In early January, I was reappointed to the Judiciary Committee, where I spent my first two terms in the legislature. The committee has five new members, including four representatives in their first term. To orient these new members, the comm…

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John Steinbeck once said, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”

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In response to Tom Kearney’s editorial about the high school flag ceremony (School district mishandled media access to flag-raising, Feb. 7, 2019), when your child has endured lockdowns due to threats, like mine has, then you can appreciate t…

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I live in a condo that my retired parents own and I’m getting sick of this city running to taxpayers every time they want money. It is time the city residents say “no” to a city tax increase.

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I write to express my support for the courageous actions taken by the school board, the faculty and administration of the high school, and, most importantly, the students, in recognizing Black History Month through the flying of the Black Liv…

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South Burlington school officials botched what should have been a notable exercise of free expression — raising a Black Lives Matter flag at South Burlington High School on Feb. 1, in conjunction with Black History Month.

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A dream named our dog. A suitable messenger considering what preceded was a nightmare, an ordeal that almost sunk my marriage. It began when just the thought of having a dog was akin to owning a home. An “I’m all grown up” kind of feeling tha…

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Last month, I was sworn in as your new representative in South Burlington. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working on your behalf in Montpelier. As a citizen legislator, I have a lot to learn and attended fiscal briefing…

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On March 5, voters will be asked to approve an overall school budget of approximately $51 million with net spending per equalized pupil of $15,944. By any measure, this is a significant investment of taxpayers’ monies. The obvious question sh…

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Town Meeting Day will soon ask citizens to vote on budgets and related community issues. Development is a big issue with many new expensive houses in multiple locations in the Southeast Quadrant consuming open space, while City Center has see…

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Congratulations to the Junior League of Champlain Valley on implementing the first diaper bank in Vermont. The Other Paper’s Miranda Jonswold provided valuable coverage on this important public health issue in last week’s paper, an issue that…

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Climate change is such a difficult subject to engage in. It is so hard to really believe that our regular, ordinary activity – what we eat, how we get to places, how we live – is undermining the bright future we all wish for our children. The…

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The schoolboard’s decision to fly the Black Lives Matter flag and hold BLM assemblies is lamentable and must be reversed. BLM, through “ideological and political intervention,” seeks “radical transformation.” BLM and its supporters have every…

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