Author: Sun staff

Messages from Montpelier

The ceremony and tradition of the first days of a biennium are both comforting and challenging. It’s comforting in that change happens within the bounds of law and that our institutions prevail while faces change. Every legislator who previously held my seat has faced his or her own challenges and worked through them to better our state. House Speaker Mitzi Johnson appointed committees on the first day, which is unusual. All committees met and started work immediately. Smart move. With so many changes in leadership and so many new legislators, members were understandably anxious. The majority of our time...

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Road salt impacts our water, soil and infrastructure

Living in Vermont, we depend on clear roads during winter to maintain our way of life. Organizations, agencies and municipalities throughout Vermont understand there is an impact to the environment from road salt application practices. We must find the balance that protects the environment and still allows for safe roads. Road salt (sodium chloride) was first applied in the U.S. in New Hampshire in 1938. By 1941, 5,000 tons of salt were applied nationwide, and that has increased to 10-20 million tons today. This negatively impacts our waterways, soils, cars and infrastructure. Lake Champlain alone has seen a 30...

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Bernie calls for essays

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) launched his seventh annual State of the Union essay contest, calling on Vermont’s high school students to address what they view as the major issues facing the United States. Last year, nearly 800 students from 39 Vermont high schools wrote essays detailing their own view of the “state of the union.” The U.S. Constitution calls for the president to “give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Sanders is again asking Vermont’s high school students to consider...

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Uncertainty won’t sidetrack health care progress

Many Vermonters – including health care providers – feel uncertain and concerned about the future of health care in light of the significant political changes the national elections triggered. Regardless of these developments, the University of Vermont Health Network is committed to improving quality and controlling costs by continuing to work closely with Vermont’s hospitals and providers to keep you healthy, instead of just treating illness. Uncertainty is nothing new in health care. Providers in Vermont have continued to make progress despite the unpredictability of our environment by focusing on what’s most important; what is best for our patients...

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Voter fraud is real

The Sun ran an article by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos back before the election. Mr. Condos assured Vermonters they had nothing to worry about when it came to election misdeeds or voter fraud in the state of Vermont. Now that the unthinkable (in the minds of both Democrats and Republicans alike) has actually happened – Mr. Trump’s presidential win – the national news is rife with articles about fraudulent election activity.  I guess electoral fraud only becomes important depending on who wins. It is interesting Mr. Condos oversaw an election in which he was a candidate. Here...

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