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    Letters: Why aren't I on the primary ballot?

    08/20/2014 10:36 AM EDT
    A number of folks have asked me: "Why aren't you on the primary ballot, Laura?" First things first, I will be on the ballot for the general election. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters in Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, and portions of Whitingham will be able to vote for me to represent our district in the Vermont House of Representatives. 
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    Letters: Homage to Jim Jeffords
    08/19/2014 09:55 AM EDT - As chairperson of the Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and a member of the Board of Directors of Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), I am particularly saddened to hear of the passing today, Aug. 18, of former U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords. Jim was as much a friend of people with disabilities as anyone holding public office. Full Story

    Letters: In support of Shires Housing and Monument View Apartments
    08/18/2014 10:29 PM EDT - I am compelled to write a letter in support of Shires Housing and the proposed Monument View Apartments. I would also like to extend my support to the hard working individuals and families residing in Shires apartments. After following previous letters, dialogue at public meetings, and posts on social media, I grow increasingly disappointed by the class stomping and generalizing taking Full Story

    Letters: In support of Shires Housing and Monument View Apartments
    08/17/2014 09:48 PM EDT - I am compelled to write a letter in support of Shires Housing and the proposed Monument View Apartments. I would also like to extend my support to the hard working individuals and families residing in Shires apartments. After following previous letters, dialogue at public meetings, and posts on social media, I grow increasingly disappointed by the class stomping and generalizing taking Full Story

    Letter: Dan Feliciano, as governor, can turn this state around
    08/15/2014 10:13 PM EDT - I am a Republican because the GOP was founded by the abolitionist movement and its principles of small government and minimal interference in the personal lives of citizens appeals to me. I tend to support Republican candidates because of this very platform. However, to me, especially at this time, the welfare of my family and Vermont is what’s at stake and must transcend party. Full Story

    Letters: Disrespecting citizens
    08/14/2014 09:22 PM EDT - The DRB (Development Review Board) on Tuesday, Aug. 5, told Rep. Mary Morrissey to shut her mouth. It was very disrespectful and appalling for public officials to do that to her. The DRB owes her an apology for disrespecting her, because she was looking out for all the citizens in our community. Full Story

    Letters: Town property values
    08/12/2014 09:44 PM EDT - As a homeowner, I’m worried about the falling value of my property in a weak housing market that shows no sign of improving. That’s a real issue for many families whose home investment represents a significant portion of their life savings for meeting future needs, like retirement. Full Story

    More letters: No more subsidized housing in Bennington
    08/11/2014 09:48 PM EDT - Bill Wolfe’s letter of August 6 echoed some of my concerns about the proposed Shire’s Apartments on Silver Street, as did Kathy Hoisington’s letter of a couple of weeks ago. One nagging questions that I have had is why are people, who seem to be unemployed, coming to Bennington? Full Story

    Letters: Resident in support of Shires Housing
    08/11/2014 09:47 PM EDT - As a resident in a Shires Housing unit, I support the project that Shires Housing is proposing on Silver Street. I am a retired senior citizen living on Social Security. I cannot afford a large rent or a mortgage on my fixed income; however, I do not qualify for low-income housing because my social security income is too high. Full Story

    Letters: Shires project -- Abutting land owners don’t receive notice
    08/08/2014 09:46 PM EDT - On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, my husband and I, along with other property owners of Nathaniel Court and Eden Way, attended the Development Review Board meeting. According to Vermont Statute, Title 24, Chapter 117, Sub-Chapter 10, Section 4464 concerning hearing notice requirements for development review, we, the owners of the 42 Units at Nathaniel Court should have received written Full Story

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    Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy. Full Story
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    Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer sued Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards Wednesday for assault and infliction of emotional distress over an altercation on Hawaiian beach late last year. Full Story
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    Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

    Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.