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Letter: In favor of school merger

To the Editor: I was initially skeptical of Act 46, the school district merger law passed in 2015. It is a state law, however, and we must take the appropriate steps to follow its requirements. The law asks our neighboring school districts to look …

Letter: ITVFest director backs library

To the Editor:An important piece of my decision to move ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) to Manchester this year was the strong support offered to us by venues such as the Manchester Community Library. Having the library operating to …

Letter: Take action to support the library

To the Editor:I encourage all Manchester residents to vote on March 7 in support of the Manchester Community Library in its need for additional funds. This exceptional community hub is a provider of service and learning to all Manchester residents …

Letter: Geriak on why she's running

To the Editor:My name is Karen Geriak, I grew up in Manchester and I along with my partner Adam Dworkin have built our life around the town we love. We have two great daughters that are and have attended our area schools. We have owned two …

Letter: Merger needs reality check

To the Editor: It is time for a reality check regarding the facts concerning the proposed school merger. The state law encouraging the merger, Act 46 is a classic example of a solution in search of a problem. It was hustled through in the last two …

Letter: Committee member supports merger

To the Editor:I am a member of the Northshire Merger Study Committee from Weston. In 2012, voters in Weston, Londonderry, Landgrove and Peru overwhelmingly approved the voluntary merger of our local school districts with the Flood Brook Union School …

Letter: Supporting Jan Nolan for Select Board

To the Editor,We are encouraging our friends and neighbors to support Jan Nolan for the Manchester Select Board. This position requires a significant amount of personal time and dedication and we are extremely pleased that we have an intelligent, …

Letter: Long way to go on child care in VT

To the Editor:Children are our future. When it comes to preparing our children for success in school, relationships and life, the first years are the most important. I have worked at various child care centers around my town, and I'm shocked at what …

Editorials
Strength in numbers

A few weeks ago, Linda Benway, the president of The Shires of Vermont Regional Marketing Organization, addressed the Manchester Select Board about her group's mission to The New York Times Travel Show, and about what the group has been doing lately. …

A sign of promiseon school rules?

The State Board of Education has decided to put off a vote on rules governing independent schools that accept public tuition funds. And that suggests to us that talks between the SBE and schools such as Burr and Burton Academy and Long Trail School …

Our Opinion: In support of the library

When Manchester voters go to the ballot on March 7, they'll be asked if they support spending $221,900 to fund the Manchester Community Library. Manchester voters should say "yes." And here's why. The Manchester Community Library provides …

State government standing up

We were pleased to see this past week that Gov. Phil Scott, Attorney General T.J. Donovan and state legislative leaders have made clear to the Trump administration that Vermont won't be going along with any misguided federal efforts to harass and …

School merger facts worth learning

On Town Meeting day, the voters of nine communities in our region will consider a fundamental change — entering a newly-merged regional school district under the auspices of Act 46, the state law encouraging such mergers.A yes vote in …

Sticks and carrots in Montpelier

Part of the reason Phil Scott won election to the governor's office as a Republican in a state where Democrats and progressives hold most of the power was that he came across as affable, moderate and a good listener willing to work with the other …

Columnists
What can we do about the state's 'benefits cliff?'

The Vermont legislature heads toward its town meeting break with the state budget at the top of the agenda, as it should be. Right now we face about a $75 million shortfall, provided we do not create any new programs or substantially increase …

The library is worth your support

Question: five years ago where did you go in Manchester to meet up with forty friends, hold a meeting and/or an event or spend time on your computer in a welcoming atmosphere?Answer: Good luck. Today, however, some sixty thousand visits have been …

Cheerleader to independent athlete

Many kids know early on what sports they'll be playing as they grow and go through school. They learn tee-ball, soccer, basketball, often following in the footsteps of an older relative or sibling.But what about those who don't? In elementary school …

Sustainable solutions to perennial problems?

Once again the pressing problems in Montpelier are 1) how to solve a budget gap, as spending for existing state programs continues to grow faster than tax revenue, and 2) how to stimulate economic development. These problems are always discussed and …

Towns will benefit greatly from a regional marketing approach

The Shires of Vermont Regional Marketing Organization (The Shires RMO) has watched discussions about tourism marketing in Bennington County with interest and a sense of optimism. We have two observations—first, there's a clear willingness to …

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