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The need to balance what we have makes for difficult choices
Putting together a budget is never an easy task – everyone knows that from personal experience – and it is harder when finances are lean.  But we all do what we need to do to make ends meet. Perhap...
Mar 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Public’s right to know a basic value
Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate one of our nation’s most basic values, the public’s “right to know.” Our very democracy is built on the idea that our government should not operate in secret. J...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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It’s the season of Lent
The old tradition says that if March comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion. According to our weather forecasters, the expectation was that the incoming March would be lamb-like.  Now we ...
Mar 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celebrating goose bumps; the awe of empowered achievement
At a recent meeting a colleague, who has long devoted her work to empowering teenagers to make good decisions, told a story involving a group of teens she had been working with. The gist of it was ...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to turn the Statehouse ship
There are two reasons why I continue to run for the Legislature, and those reasons are property tax impacts and to change the conversation around education, the largest driver of the amount we all ...
Mar 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Proposed state Latin motto “Stella quarta decima fulgeat”
This year has started off with a number of overwhelming issues that are confronting us - child protection, the budget shortfall, meaningful jobs with good benefits, education funding, guns, the sta...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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This Week in History
Feb 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
10 years ago: Eight-year-old Hank Sweeney, of Wilmington, was raising money to purchase an “ark,” a gift purchased through Heifer International that provides enough livestock - sheep, rabbits, pigs...
A ski buddy: friends and buddies on the mountain
by Tony Crespi
Feb 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
The two young skiers boarding the chairlift were smiling. Then everything changed. As my wife Cheryl and I moved through the final turn in the maze, and prepared to load, we observed that the young...
Quality education at a price Vermonters can afford
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
By Gov. Peter Shumlin In my years of public service, I have never heard a clearer message from Vermonters than the one they sent this past November on school spending and property taxes. This issue...
What is happening when a river turns brown
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
When our rivers turn brown, few people think about what is going on in the river system. That added color is sediment. Sediment is soil, sand, gravel, stones and organic material transported downst...
Committee shake-up at Statehouse
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Speaker Shap Smith has accomplished quite a shake-up of committees in the House of Representatives, none more important for the long run than his putting education finances in what formerly was jus...
This Week in History
Jan 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
10 years ago: Residents of Shearer Hill Road attended a Wilmington Selectboard meeting to oppose the board’s plan to pave the road. The residents presented a laundry list of concerns, from storm ru...