OPINION

Plant a row for the hungry

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Are you in the midst of planting a vegetable garden? The Colchester Food Shelf asks you to join us in helping to provide fresh, local produce to those we serve in the community who may not otherwise be able to afford it. By adding just one extra row of vegetables in your garden, you will…

Message from Montpelier: June 1

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With the veto session scheduled for late June, everything feels unfinished. Much has been written about the issues, the ones resolved and unresolved. Here are bits and pieces of some legislation you may have missed. These bills passed both houses and await the governor’s signature. Vetoes aren’t expected! The Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan is…

Into the woods: Invasive plants: An endpoint?

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My job as the Chittenden County forester can be broadly described as negotiating the relationship between humans and the forested ecosystems of Chittenden County. To this end, I serve as a resource for landowners, communities and individuals interested in forests, forest management and land stewardship. Through my work I have the opportunity to observe the…

Message from Montpelier: May 25

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I was warned. “The end of the session can be messy.” And it was. Desperately trying to put the Golden Dome behind us, we stayed late, with several evenings stretching close to midnight. Were we poring over legal documents and earnestly listening to intelligent debate? No. We were not “on the floor” considering bills. Instead,…

Don’t let fake health news impact your family

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Scientific studies on vaccine safety have never proven a link between vaccines – specifically measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – and autism, yet the myth persists almost 20 years after the flawed research was published. The fear that grew out of this flawed research has left children vulnerable to serious diseases that are vaccine preventable.…

The real fraud is denying voting rights

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I’ve never been known to sugarcoat things, so I’m going to be frank. Recent events are causing increasing concerns that our democracy is in peril. Let me explain. Voting is the foundation of our democracy. Since my first day as secretary of state, and before that as a state senator, I’ve worked to encourage voter…