OPINION

Learning from federal achievement tests

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Like the unexplained monoliths in the classic movie, “2001, A Space Odyssey,” our standardized test scores float untethered in space, free of the very things they are supposed to measure; yet they hold great power. They claim to measure “college and career readiness.” Yet, it takes no particular insight to know that being ready for…

Letter to the editor | My Sister’s Keeper Challenge Conference

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Join Vermont women to listen, learn and mobilize around racism On Thursday, Aug. 31, women from across Vermont will come together in Stowe for the 2017 My Sister’s Keeper Challenge Conference. I hope the Essex community will be well represented at this important event to “listen, learn and mobilize” around racism. As a state committed…

Meet the First Congo pastors: 1867-2017

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In the first 150 years of its history, 24 senior pastors have served at the First Congregational Church of Essex Jct. Chronologically, they are the Revs. Andrew Willard, Joshua Maynard, Edwin Wheelock, Charles Seaton, John Cowan, William English, Orlande White, Dwight Prentice, Theodore Bacon, Evan Thomas, Chauncey Adams, Elliott Foster, William Millar, Archie Axtell, Duncan…

A foundation for growth

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On my first day in office, I issued an executive order defining the top goals of my administration: growing the economy, making Vermont more affordable and protecting the most vulnerable. We are laser-focused on these priorities and they guide us in everything we do. That’s why we’ve concentrated on government modernization and efficiency, rethinking and revitalizing…

Return taxpayers’ money

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I fully support selectman Andy Watts’ vote against the town tax rate at the recent selectboard meeting and his insistence that property taxes be reduced by the excess amounts in the town unassigned fund balance. As Mr. Watts noted, town policy says that money over 15 percent of the town’s operating budget must be used…

We must embrace renewables

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The economy and our landscape in Vermont are intertwined. Recreation, tourism, agriculture and forestry, all key economic drivers, depend on the natural resources from our landscape. Indeed, the Vermont brand itself is inseparable from our land ethic – a thoughtful way of living, the quality of our products and services and our environmental and social…