OPINION

Public records: Cornerstone of government transparency

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By JIM CONDOS, Vt. Secretary of State Records management is not exactly an exciting topic, but when a particular record is the focus of a request or controversy, it becomes critically important in that moment. Those records are owned by the state of Vermont and are incredibly valuable for a variety of reasons, not the least…

Keeping an eye on drug prices

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Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made headlines when his company increased the price of an important and existing AIDS drug by a whopping 5,000 percent. While that situation garnered much attention, prices for another 20 name brand drugs quadrupled in the last two years, and another 60 at least doubled! These massive spikes hurt…

A commitment to our children

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By REBECCA HOLCOMBE, Secretary of Education Vermont has great schools, great education policy and high levels of public commitment to our children. Every school board and every town is passionate about educating its children well. However, persistent declines in enrollment, pressures of affordability, complex structures and increasing poverty all threaten our ability to support high…

How about a fresh start for all Vermonters?

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By DEBORAH BUCKNAM Last year, Gov. Peter Shumlin issued an executive order “banning the box” for applicants for state employment. Last month, he signed a bill ordering all private employers “ban the box.” Banning the box means no employer can ask on an employment application if an applicant has a criminal record. In signing the…

Free preschool available

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Champlain Valley Head Start is pleased to announce it has eight anticipated openings at its Malletts Bay School afternoon classroom for the 2016-17 school year. Families looking for free preschool, for children ages 3-5 years, in Colchester can contact Champlain Valley Head Start for an application. Colchester residents are welcome to apply for the afternoon…