OPINION

Dumbfounded by park plans

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After reading “Consultant presents new park plans” [published October 19], I was dumbfounded. Is this really where our tax money is going? Let’s start with a “curved floating dock” so visitors can leave their vessels and “mingle” with locals in town? This is plain absurd. There will be no mingling, the out-of-town folk will get…

Message from Montpelier: November 9

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Everyone needs an advocate. In particular children and students need advocates. It’s my hope that parents are advocates. If not possible, then someone. Legislators need advocates, too. As part-time citizen legislators with no staff other than the shared legislative council and joint fiscal office, we rely on advocates, paid and volunteer, to inform and to…

Food shelf needs increase at holidays

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The citizens of Colchester have continued to be very supportive of the Colchester Community Food Shelf when we occupied a very small room at Holy Cross Church and have increased your financial and food donations regularly since our move to the old Colchester Center Fire Station in 2011. You have provided the support we have…

High-grading affects forests

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If you are even tangentially involved with the world of forest management, you have probably heard the term “high-grading” or “high-grade logging.” These terms refer to the ugly underbelly of the world of logging, where loggers or landowners have engaged in timber harvesting purely targeted at the pursuit of the almighty dollar. High-grading is the…

Could wording change the discussion?

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As I read Bobbi Holzel’s “Why not plow?”  letter in the Oct. 19 edition of the Colchester Sun, I wondered how the discussion might change if we used the term “driveways and shared driveways” instead of private roads. There are many long driveways in town – some over 100 yards – and we aren’t discussing…

360,000 reasons high school grads need higher ed

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Attention high school seniors: This commentary is addressed to you, particularly those without current plans to go to a four-year college. This is not a lecture. It’s not a puff piece with encouraging words after next spring’s graduation. It’s about earning power, and how a little bit of extra work now can make a huge…