OPINION

Vermonters need access to child care

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The story has become routine. In Vermont, eight out of every 10 children who need child care do not have access to it. There are too many children with a need that the state cannot afford, or has elected not to. For those children from families who can afford it, the services are available. They…

We want to meet our community’s needs

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Since the inception of the Colchester Community Food Shelf, there has been unwavering support from the Colchester churches, residents, students, volunteers and businesses both local and within the Chittenden area. This support clearly demonstrates a community truly committed toward those less fortunate as well as those experiencing a temporary setback. It is unclear, however, if…

Disappointment in surgical center approval

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Northwestern Medical Center will not appeal the Green Mountain Care Board’s recent approval of the certificate of need for the for-profit, stand-alone ambulatory surgery center proposed in Colchester. We are disappointed in the decision, as we do not believe the applicant demonstrated in the legal proceedings that its project met the established standard of “need”…

Into the Woods: The benefits of diversity

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On the radio this morning I heard a teacher say, “The jobs we are preparing our students for haven’t been created yet.” This statement struck me as a good analogy for thinking about the importance of diversity in forest management. We forest managers make decisions that alter forested ecosystems in the long term, attempting to…

More thanks for July 4

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The Colchester Parks & Recreation Department would like to extend its sincere thanks to the many volunteers, organizations and businesses that helped to make the Colchester 4th of July celebration a success! We’d like to recognize the following businesses and organizations for generously donating to the event: Lakeshore ACE Hardware, All Seasons Excavating, Bevins’ Door,…