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Why forestry?

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For those of you who don’t know me already, my name is Ethan Tapper, and I am the Chittenden County forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. When asked what my job entails, I find most people assume I am some kind of a combination of Paul Bunyan and Smokey the Bear.…

Message from Montpelier: April 6

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The week of March 27 was a busy and surprising one in the House. The two largest and most important bills, the budget and the miscellaneous tax bill, were scheduled to be discussed and voted on, as well as the bill that would determine the education tax rates for FY2018. Added to these, the introduction…

Letters to the editor: April 6

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$7.25 is better than $15 for college grads Vermont has the seventh-highest minimum wage in the nation. At first glance, this might seem to make Vermont an attractive place to live. However, 2016 saw Vermont lose nearly 3,000 people through net migration, likely because our state lacks employment opportunities. A $15/hour minimum wage will merely…

Surgical center won’t reduce costs

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Skimming simple cases out of existing hospital surgery departments to bring revenue to a new for-profit stand-alone surgery will actually drive up costs overall. Vermont’s existing surgery departments still have to be available for the lower reimbursed cases, complicated cases and 24/7 emergencies. This crucial point is being glossed over as the investors in the…

Spencer M. Bruner

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GEORGIA – Spencer Mason Bruner, 18, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born Oct. 30, 1998 in Tulsa, Okla., the son of Tonya (Glisson) Kendall and Chris Bruner. Spencer was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. He attended CCV, a…

Message from Montpelier: March 30

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Activity on the floor of the House picked up substantially last week. The House passed 18 bills. The most notable bills were H.136 and H.422. Each generated considerable debate. While I initially supported H.136, an act relating to accommodations for pregnant employees, I became concerned that the bill, as drafted, was not ready for prime…