Author: Sun staff

Hunter story overplayed

Last week’s story about the hunter who allegedly shot a deer decoy from his vehicle makes the offense tantamount to murder, writing the hunter faces severe penalties. Pulleazzze. He made an error in judgment. We all err. Nobody got hurt. The media did a great job of overplay and ruined this kid’s reputation. Dan Cohen...

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Abolish the Electoral College? Careful what you wish for.

N ow that Donald Trump has won the presidency despite losing the popular vote, there’s a growing cry to rethink, or even abolish, the Electoral College. This would be a mistake. Yes, the Electoral College is a tempting target, especially for Democrats. Two of the past five presidential elections have seen Republicans claim the White House by winning the electoral vote while losing the popular vote. I feel your pain. I was Al Gore’s campaign chairman in 2000 when he won a half million more votes than George W. Bush but lost the presidency. Trump’s case is even starker,...

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Hit the lights!

Holiday cheer was in abundance last Sunday as friends and neighbors gathered for the annual Colchester tree lighting at Burnham Memorial Library. The event kicked off with ornament decorating in the meeting hall before the Colchester Community Chorus led the crowd through a variety of favorite holiday songs such as “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (twice) before flipping the switch on the town’s sleek new tree. Continuing the festivities, the Colchester Community Chorus is performing a free concert this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Colchester High School’s new auditorium. Photos by Amanda...

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A record of fiscal responsibility

One of the key responsibilities of governing is crafting a budget that reflects Vermonters’ priorities and lives within our means as a state. As we transition this important responsibility to the incoming administration, it’s worth reviewing the last six years of financial management.   Before I took office, Vermont’s budget routinely grew at upwards of 7 percent. In 2004, the total funds budget grew by 7.8 percent above the year before. In 2005, it grew by 13.4 percent. In 2006 it grew by 7 percent. Then the Great Recession hit, decimating state budgets, just as it did family budgets...

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Message from Montpelier: From Rep. Maureen P. Dakin

Welcome back, readers, to my semi-regular reports about the legislative process, policies and politics of your legislature! I believe it’s a primary responsibility as your representative to keep you informed. It’s also a way for you to hold me accountable for my actions. Since The Colchester Sun is a weekly newspaper I can’t provide ”news” as such, but reflections and reasons on what the news of the week is. While I was unopposed this election, I didn’t think it was appropriate to write articles during the campaign, but with the Sun’s cooperation, I’m anxious to put pen to paper...

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