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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This Mother’s Day, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains would like to thank all the moms (and mom substitutes!) who step up to volunteer for our organization across New Hampshire and Vermont.

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This letter is to clarify the purpose and workings of the Economic Stimulus Payment coming from the federal government. If lots of numbers and technical language snares your thinking, skip to the last paragraph. And don’t worry, this payment is a good thing.

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During these challenging times, postal employees are working hard to ensure residents stay connected with their world through the mail. Whether it’s medications, a package, a paycheck, benefits or pension check, a bill or letter from a family member, postal workers understand that every piec…

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In response to COVID-19 and to encourage recommended social distancing, all in-person Milton Recreation programs and events have been cancelled through April 6, as well as the Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11. We have been in contact with program participants, and will issue refunds for those…

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On Tuesday, March 3rd, the voters of Milton will be given the opportunity to vote for Brenda Steady for a three year seat on the Selectboard. Brenda’s experience as a public servant gives her incredible confidence in the capabilities of this community and a clear vision of what Milton could …

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In several of the recent issues of the Milton Independent you have published several articles on Milton’s town and school budgets. All the stories mention that both the school and town budgets need to increase to level fund the system. I maintain that the school budget can be decreased by mi…

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Republicans in Montpelier have once again made clear exactly where their priorities lie with a pair of vetoes shooting down two pieces of widely supported, impactful legislation: paid family and medical leave and a minimum wage increase.

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Love Spreads... The morning of February 14, the residents of Milton were greeted with Hearts — EVERYWHERE. I was astounded that every turn — signs — store fronts — businesses — telephone poles — you get my meaning — there were symbols of love. I realize that there are many who think this was…

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Dear Editor-Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. It kills one woman every ~80 seconds including my mom in 2011. While at work, her symptoms began as what she described as “a little gas”. She died a few hours later in her car in her driveway.

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It’s budget time again, and the MTSD Board has been hard at work over the past three months finalizing our budget for the 2020-2021 school year.

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The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance, a priority for legislative leadership, is already sitting in conference committee, before the first week of the Vermont 2020 Legislative session is over! As with all bills, there needs to be agreement between the Senate version and House version b…

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A few years ago I learned that as we edge closer to our 60’s we feel more sharply time going by and the changes that come with age, especially the loss of friends.

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Ho ho ho! The Town of Milton Recreation Department would like to thank all who participated in the “Letters to Santa” project this year!

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Milton Rescue would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the Cornerstone Community Church and Milton Boy Scout Troop 631 for the generous donation they made to our Department.

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The total cost of Vermont’s Education is estimated at $1.7 billion for the next school year. It is the amount needed to run Vermont’s public pre-K through grade 12 schools for FY2020-2021, and is the state’s largest fund. Where does all that money go?

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Earlier this week the Vermont Tax Commissioner sent out the annual letter from the administration to state legislative leaders recommending rates for the FY 2020/2021 homestead property tax and the non-homestead rate.

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The Milton Craft Committee Inc. would like to thank the community for making last Saturday’s 43rd Annual Milton Pre-Christmas Craft Show an enormous success. We had a great crowd from the moment we opened, with many folks starting their holiday shopping with local handmade crafts. The MFCC F…

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The Town of Milton Recreation Department would like to thank the 1,500+ community members who attended Milton’s Trunk or Treat event on Fri, October 25 in Bombardier Park West! A very special thank you to co-sponsors, Milton PTA plus the amazing businesses, organizations, judges, Milton Publ…

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I read with great interest the letter from Kristen Cameron in the Milton Independent October 10, 2019. While some of her writing was accurate, much of it was not. I guess the easy way to set things straight is to pick it apart by paragraph.

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Many Vermonters love to hike, especially in the fall. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of our state. It is also a chance to spend time with our dogs. What some Vermonters do not know is that there are hidden dangers in the woods: baited leghold and body-crushing kill traps.

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With all the news headlines that could have been printed last week (or any other week for that matter), the Milton Independent chose the headline “QUEENS OF THE LIBRARY”. Do you really believe that the majority of folks in Milton think this whole “story hour with drag queens” is a wonderful,…