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With or without formal budgets, we all strive to have enough income to pay for the essentials things that enable us to thrive. Think “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence). Essentials include food, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, clothing,…

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For years, I blamed the wise men. I thought they were the ones responsible for this holiday gift giving racket where shopping becomes the reason for the season. I scoffed at the precedent the three set. Apparently, it wasn’t good enough to tr…

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As a new resident to South Burlington, I was wondering if the lovely people of this city knew what their school board was doing? They have a policy in the high school to distribute condoms to any boy who wants them 12 years and up for sexual …

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With the holidays fast upon us, it can be easy to get caught up in the festivities. However, it is important to remember that there are variety of dangers facing our pets. From food to parties to decorations, there are many holiday hazards fo…

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How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s okay to drive impaired, as long as you’re not too impaired.” When it comes to mixing alcohol - or drugs - and driving, this message has been implied and reinforced for generations.

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A recent VT Digger commentary (Nov. 8) by Tom Pelham (former Dean administration finance commissioner and Douglas administration tax commissioner) stole from me what little hope I have left for politicians to act in a way that demonstrates th…

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Read through The Other Paper's Letters Archives, from January 9, 2015, to November 29, 2018.

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Sadly, when I went to vote on Election Day at Tuttle Middle School, I thought, what if some crazed individual decided to get into the school and start shooting students?

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I am writing to express my reasons for opposition to the interim zoning bylaw proposed by the city council, and to be discussed at a special meeting Nov. 13. Council has asked for feedback on the proposal, and so I am sharing my thoughts here.

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At a time when many in South Burlington are deploring the loss of cherished open space, there is a new piece of conservation news to celebrate! On Oct. 5, an agreement was signed among Bread and Butter Farm, the Auclair Family, the Vermont La…

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As chair of the South Burlington Business Association as well as a long-time South Burlington business owner and resident, I have followed the 30 year evolution of the South Burlington City Center development. I am pleased that the build-out …

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A phenomenon wildly popular between 2009-2012 disappeared for a couple of years... but as of Oct. 1, it’s back! What is it? Trillion dollar annual federal deficits! (Trumpets and coronets loudly proclaim the royal announcement.)

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City Center Phase II has already increased your taxes and, if approved as currently proposed, will likely further increase your taxes. For the past 10 years, the City of South Burlington has increased the City property tax rate on average by …

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Whether you work the overnight shift, write computer code, teach children, deliver babies or Amazon packages, you know the classic plot all too well. “Folks with money and power make top-down decisions. Power and money folks have PR time and …

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I have read and heard about the City Center project for many months. It has gone through many twists and turns before arriving at its present status. The “wows” that were in past proposals have been eliminated. However, it did not get my real…

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Many residents of South Burlington who attended a recent city council meeting are alarmed by the rate and nature of development in South Burlington. All agree that there should be a pause in new construction and a review of current zoning reg…

Read through The Other Paper's Letters Archives, from January 9, 2015, to November 29, 2018.

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