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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

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Thank you for electing me as one of your State Senators. If I did not earn your support in this election, I hope to do so in the years to come.

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The members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #91 Colchester, VT would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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As someone who loves forests, one of the hardest and strangest parts of my job is to figure out how to cut trees in a way that supports the healthy growth and development of these complex ecosystems.

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In an unprecedented year, perhaps it’s only natural that we have an unprecedented election—the first in our lifetimes to occur during a global pandemic, and one in which an astounding number of votes will be cast after being mailed to voters. While many of us are used to staying up late to l…

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September 22, 2020 was a great day for Vermont. The state Senate voted to override Governor Phil Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act, and in doing so showed the people of Vermont that they are determined to make this great state more green than it already is.

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In my view, Vermonters chose well in the 2020 Vermont Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor. Molly Gray represents a balanced and hopeful voice for Vermont, while amplifying the essential role women in Vermont politics and leadership.

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As a high school student at Milton High School, who will be a resident of this lovely state for a long time I believe that Emily Hecker is the right choice for Vermont State Representative. We have a world of problems and unfortunately, we can’t just fix all of them at once, but we can howev…

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Commentary by Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Jen Kimmich (co-founder and CEO of the Alchemist Brewery), Deborah Markowitz (former Vermont Secretary of State and Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources), Melinda Moulton (CEO, Main Street Landing), Mary Powell (former CEO, Green Mountain Power), a…

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Two weeks ago, one or more individuals removed the Black Lives Matter flag from the flag pole at Milton High School in an attempt to counter our efforts in standing in solidarity on behalf of our students of color. The flag was immediately replaced.

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It goes without saying that the next several years of governance for Vermont will be crucial. There will be major decisions required to put the States finances back on solid footing. As certain tax revenues decrease due to limited tourism and less people buying fuel it will take solid busine…

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Mitzi Johnson is the Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, one of only a handful of women to hold that position in the 50 United States. This being the case, her constituents here in Grand Isle and West Milton have a real spot at the table as key decisions are being made in the af…

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My husband and I just received a very lovely, hand-written card from Andy Julow, candidate for State House of Representatives for Grand Isle and West Milton. Andy wanted to thank us for a small donation we made, and for (very happily) displaying signs supporting him and Mitzi Johnson. He als…

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The Presidential Debates hold a special place in the hearts of the American people. The stage has offered powerful moments that have gone on to shape and reshape the electorate’s perspectives on a candidate. Ford’s Soviet domination gaffe, Reagan’s age question, and Nixon vs. Kennedy’s histo…

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I want to thank the young man who returned my wallet that he found in the road. What a relief!! My wife thanked him, but we'd really like to give him a reward in appreciation for giving us back a relaxed Sunday afternoon. We were dreading the efforts required to cancel and change the many ca…

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Many of us have had the experience of walking through the woods, when suddenly the raucous sounds and green-tinted light of a deciduous forest becomes dark and quiet. If this has happened to you, you have already had the unique experience of entering a hemlock forest.

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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

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From Rep. Chris Mattos (R), one of two senators representing Chittenden-10 in the Vermont House of Representatives. 

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Whether you realize it or not, the lives of Vermonters are massively enriched by forests, both aesthetically (we are the Green Mountain State, after all, and the “green” on the mountains are forests), economically and culturally (through our working landscape and our forest-based recreation …

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Vermont provided affordable housing for the returning GI's after WW2. Indian Acres and Hiawatha area in Essex Jct. were small inexpensive homes, 3 bedroom ranches, expansion attics, on small lots. Then north Burlington, much the same. Milton has hundreds of small affordable homes. Then the e…

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University of Vermont students on Tuesday began their measured return to campus with more on their shoulders than the rigors of the classroom. They are being asked to do the right thing, to be responsible, to be safe so that their in-class learning can proceed and the university can resume a…

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Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger can be excused for questioning the thoroughness of the University of Vermont’s plans to guard against a Covid-19 outbreak when the school’s 12,000 students return to school this month.

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I love voting. Going to the polling place to engage in the democratic process alongside family, friends, and neighbors is something I always look forward to. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I got involved in public service and ran to become your Secretary of State.

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Recent periodicals have highlighted the unfairness to Chittenden County voters of having primaries with a dozen or more candidates. It turns the race into a name recognition contest rather one on the merits. That is why Senator Sirotkin introduced a constitutional amendment and successful le…

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The coronavirus has upended the way we learn about candidates running for office. We’re limited in being able to talk to them directly. There are no crowds, which subtract from the energy. Most Vermonters are singularly focused on surviving; parsing through a candidate’s positions takes a se…

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In the 1960s, the Canadian government inaugurated a monthly quota system for its dairy farmers and today those farmers say that if it weren’t for the supply management system the dairy industry in Canada would not exist.

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When campaigning on the issues does not work for a candidate, step two is to discredit the opposition. That is the step Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe has taken with Molly Gray, his most serious rival in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

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In 2008, Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation teamed up to create a program called “Foresters for the Birds.” The idea of this program was that, while there is a lot to love about Vermont’s forests – from the way they make our state so beautiful, clean …

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In mid-July the state of Vermont issued the guidance our school boards were to follow as they cobbled together plans to start the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance was not prescriptive; like the flippers on a pin ball machine, it was meant to keep things centered, with no one going off kil…

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Letter to the EditorFrom Milton Community Champions CommitteeMilton Community Champions, 2020Nominated: The residents and employees of the entire Milton CommunityThe Town of Milton’s Community Champion Award honors community members who, through their volunteer efforts, have significantly en…

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Sophie Zdatny was named chancellor of the Vermont State College system on Monday. She has been in the role as in interim chancellor since April. She had been VSC’s general counsel and is regarded as someone who is a talented collaborator, a strong negotiator and someone committed to a sound …

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Message from Town Manager, Don Turner:

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Yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) is a striking tree: golden, metallic bark shines among the greys and browns of other trees. The cousin of our most-identifiable tree, the white or “paper” birch (Betula papyrifera), yellow birch has many of the same attributes: bark with little horizontal…

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The nation’s hospitals [including Vermont’s] suffered grievously during the pandemic as its services were shut down, but the patients that fill their beds and line up for their scheduled visits apparently did not suffer, raising questions about whether the health care system we’ve built is n…

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Vermont legislators are pushing a package of police reform measures intended to be passed by this Friday, the date being set for adjournment until August when legislators address the FY2021 budget.

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If the average Vermonter were to have been asked a week ago whether a business had the right to fire an employee for being gay or transgender, most would have answered no, thinking the issue had been settled long ago. But until Monday, it was legal in more than half the states to fire worker…

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Talk about a gift. Talk about an idea that should be emulated by others who have the means. Talk about a proposal that could make a life long difference to those involved, and to Vermont as a whole.

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As the controversy swirls about how to reform the nation’s police forces, including Vermont’s, with a growing chorus favoring a cut in police budgets, it’s worth noting that on a per capita basis the United States employs about 35 percent fewer police officers than other nation’s worldwide.

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As the weather gets warmer, Vermonters are comforted by the simple pleasures of summer, among them, fun with friends at Vermont country fairs and festivals. My own family has enjoyed fairs all over the state year after year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has caused this summer’s fairs and festival…

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It’s being called the “Covid-slide.” It began mid-March when the schools were shut down and teachers and their students were sent home and expected to keep the learning process alive and well remotely.

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As the Milton Town District Board of Trustees asks our community for support of our FY21 Budget, we do so with gratitude and a high level of public awareness. First, gratitude for all that our teachers, staff, administrators, parents/guardians, neighbors, and community partners are doing to …

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Over the past 10 weeks, churches like mine all over the country have scrambled to use technology to connect with their people. Terms like “livestreaming,” “Zoom,” and “upload speed” have caused more than a few pastors to lose sleep.

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I’ve always loved Vermont’s state motto: Freedom and Unity. We Vermonters take our freedom and independence seriously. It gives us the kind of true grit required to withstand snowstorms in October and May. But our independence has never been challenged like it is being challenged now. In the…