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Letter to the editor: December 7, 2017


Don’t gut what’s right Earlier this year, Vermont took action to make our communities safer by passing the Racial Justice Reform bill, Act 54 (H.308) which outlined strategies to address systemic racial disparities within Vermont’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. Act 54 included a provision to revisit Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy, which creates…

Forest products 101: veneer, sawlogs, firewood, pulp and chipwood


Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester

BY: ETHAN TAPPER For the most part, we cut trees because they provide local, renewable sources of heat, building materials, and electricity, in addition to other resources. Additionally, forest management provides landowners with an economic incentive to keep forested lands intact and protected from subdivision and development. But what are the products that we harvest…

Obituary: Barbara Conrad


Barbara Conrad

ESSEX – ​Barbara Conrad, 91,passed away on Nov. 3, 2017. ​She is survived by her husband, Donald Conrad, former principal ​of Jericho High School from 1960-1963; her daughter, Carole, ​and son, Donald II.

Obituary: Kate Dietsch


Kate Dietsch

ESSEX – Katharina “Kate” Dietsch, 88, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Mansfield Place in Essex. She was born on Dec. 12, 1928 in Mönchengladbach, Germany daughter to the late Joseph and Eva (Jansen) Walbeck. Poverty, losing her father at an early age and WWII were the major forces that shaped Kate’s childhood.…

Sharon Prescott Barrett


Georges Mills, N.H. – Sharon J. (Prescott) Barrett, 75, formerly of Prospect Hill Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at Park Avenue Health Center in Arlington, Mass. with her family surrounding her. She was born in New London, N.H. on Aug. 13, 1942 the daughter of Gerald C. and Hattie I. (Lull) Prescott. Sharon attended…

A history lesson on tax cuts


By Ralph Martire To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal is so skewed to the wealthy that over the next 10 years, more than half…