Grateful for Memorial Day 2014 support

Again, our annual Memorial Day Ceremony, on May 26, 2014, on the Parade in Shelburne was a tremendous success. Only through the outstanding support provided by all those involved in the planning process from the beginning several months prior to and to the final conduct of the ceremony can this success be accomplished. In addition, […]

Still no word: what will single payer cost?

We appreciate the “Report from Montpelier” that our state representatives, Joan Lenes and Kate Webb, provided in last week’s Shelburne News.  We wish there were more information provided, such as an indication of the new health care system cost. As was stated in their report, “many have expressed frustration with the Governor because of a […]

CVU family thanks communities for efforts

We wanted to send out a huge “thank you” to everyone involved with the Champlain Valley Union “Strike Out Cancer” game on May 2 and the associated fundraising through the entire month of May. This has been a great event for the past couple of years, but we were touched and overwhelmed by the gesture […]

Vermont Legislature adjourns, tax increases stay

Well, the Vermont Legislature adjourned last Saturday but not without leaving us with two significant tax increases. The 2015 General Fund Budget grew by 5.6 percent over a year ago which means state spending is increasing about twice as fast as revenues. The Education Fund grew 4.4 percent (to $1.5 billion) while the number of […]

Tsk, tsk, Toxic Substances Control Act

In light of recent Vermont Senate activity, I’d like to thank Senator Ginny Lyons and Representative Kate Webb for leading the passage of the Toxic Free Families Act (S.239), and here’s why: It’s hard to imagine in a state such as Vermont, prided with its natural beauty that anyone might be at risk for exposure […]

Green Mountain Care on slow track

I appreciate Rep. Kate Webb’s communication in the Shelburne News as to where she stands on the Governor’s failure to provide a Green Mountain Healthcare financing plan on Jan. 15, 2013 as required by Act 48. She explains that a slip of an assumed federal government waiver was the reason for not meeting the date. […]

Good luck with explanation

This is a response to Chris Kapsalis who wrote a letter to the editor in the April 17 issue of the Shelburne News expressing his displeasure that Representatives Joan Lenes and Kate Webb never explained their rationale when voting on residential property tax issues. Apparently Chris does not know anything about the democratic mind: the […]

Cell tower concerns

Just a few comments in response to Representative Lenes’ “Report From Montpelier” update in last week’s Shelburne News. For those who have not been following this issue very closely, there is a bill (“S.220”) making its way through the Legislature that will likely undermine the town’s ability to have a voice in future cell tower […]

“E” is for elephants, not extinction

As an elephant activist living in Shelburne, I invite everyone to join me in ending the ivory trade in this country in order to protect a critical species from extinction. Approximately 100 elephants are slaughtered each day for their tusks. That’s one elephant every 15 minutes! Conservation experts around the globe have stated, unequivocally, that if the tide […]

I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth…

How do four men trying to circumvent justice, not constitute some type of conspiracy? The line between a “small” lie about running a red light and the culmination of lies committed in furthering an untruth deserves further scrutiny. First police officer Jason “The Rookie” lies about a person from another community running a red light. […]

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