Ask any first responder why they do this type of work and it’s likely you’ll get an answer that involves “serving the community.” Essex Rescue, with a mix of dedicated volunteers and full-time employees, was founded on that sense of service.

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Whether you realize it or not, the lives of Vermonters are massively enriched by forests, both aesthetically (we are the Green Mountain State, after all, and the “green” on the mountains are forests), economically and culturally (through our working landscape and our forest-based recreation …

Vermont provided affordable housing for the returning GI's after WW2. Indian Acres and Hiawatha area in Essex Jct. were small inexpensive homes, 3 bedroom ranches, expansion attics, on small lots. Then north Burlington, much the same. Milton has hundreds of small affordable homes. Then the e…

The recent incidents of police brutality inflicted upon American citizens, and documented with alarming regularity in the media, are of such an appalling nature that simple logic and human decency demands our moral outrage.

Recently I've been hearing our state legislators in a quandary over lost revenue due to the coronavirus. My guess is they'll coerce you into thinking that all the social programs and education needs will be drastically slashed if we don't pass marijuana and prostitution legalization in bills…

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University of Vermont students on Tuesday began their measured return to campus with more on their shoulders than the rigors of the classroom. They are being asked to do the right thing, to be responsible, to be safe so that their in-class learning can proceed and the university can resume a…

I was dismayed by listening to the BLM ceremony at the high school via the Essex reporters link that was provided. It falls way short in a practical sense while being excessive on social justice signaling. It's easy for one of the whitest states in the union to salute a BLM flag and listen t…

My son and I just returned from driving around the district to collect all of my campaign signs! It was also an opportunity to visit the neighborhoods that comprise Chittenden 8-1 and quietly appreciate my Essex constituents for their strong, enthusiastic support in the Primary Election yest…

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It is a tremendous honor to win one of the two Democratic Primary House of Representative spots on the ballot for Chittenden 8-2 (Essex Junction). Our Village is an extraordinary place and I look forward to the possibility of serving our community in such a meaningful way. As we move forward…

Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger can be excused for questioning the thoroughness of the University of Vermont’s plans to guard against a Covid-19 outbreak when the school’s 12,000 students return to school this month.

Physical fitness for EMS providers is a critical component of job performance. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week for adults. Additionally, major muscle groups should be st…

I'm writing to enthusiastically and whole-heartedly express my endorsement of Brian Shelden for Vermont State Representative here in Essex. Brian has the intellect, commitment, and work ethic to lead Essex in these most challenging times.

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When I ran for the State Senate in 2018, I learned a great deal about the unique challenges posed by the Chittenden District. As a six-member district, with senators elected at large, the race can easily come down to who has name recognition in Burlington, the biggest city in the district an…

I love voting. Going to the polling place to engage in the democratic process alongside family, friends, and neighbors is something I always look forward to. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I got involved in public service and ran to become your Secretary of State.

This political season has cheers, fears, and anxiety in spades but at the local level, things are looking up. We have a truly exceptional candidate running for reelection to represent us in the Vermont House, Lori Houghton.

Recent periodicals have highlighted the unfairness to Chittenden County voters of having primaries with a dozen or more candidates. It turns the race into a name recognition contest rather one on the merits. That is why Senator Sirotkin introduced a constitutional amendment and successful le…

When my friend Patrick Murray asked me if I would be the Treasurer for his political campaign I was honored, but also nervous. I have never been the Treasurer for anything like that. I was not even sure where to begin. But he pointed me in the direction I needed to go to find the answers I n…

The coronavirus has upended the way we learn about candidates running for office. We’re limited in being able to talk to them directly. There are no crowds, which subtract from the energy. Most Vermonters are singularly focused on surviving; parsing through a candidate’s positions takes a se…

I support Marybeth Redmond for reelection because she has been a fair and responsible voice as our representative in the Legislature. She is willing to work across the aisle to get things done and she extremely ethical. I have full confidence that she will accurately represent her district i…

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We hear you saying our responses to racial justice are inadequate. We hear you telling us that we need to improve what we do. We know we have a lot of work to do. We need to listen to you now, and in the long-term.

As Lake Champlain is home to countless fish, it is important to realize that they are deserving of humane consideration. Over the past decade, a large body of scientific evidence has proven that fish feel pain, and research suggests that fish even experience emotions. A study that highlights…

In the 1960s, the Canadian government inaugurated a monthly quota system for its dairy farmers and today those farmers say that if it weren’t for the supply management system the dairy industry in Canada would not exist.

When campaigning on the issues does not work for a candidate, step two is to discredit the opposition. That is the step Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe has taken with Molly Gray, his most serious rival in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

In 2008, Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation teamed up to create a program called “Foresters for the Birds.” The idea of this program was that, while there is a lot to love about Vermont’s forests – from the way they make our state so beautiful, clean …

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Brenda Siegel for Lieutenant Governor in our upcoming primary. As fellow activists Brenda and I have worked side by side on the economic justice issues of livable wages and paid family and medical leave for working Vermonters, on universal …

I'm glad to see a cautious approach while Vermont reopens schools. Many have in Europe without disabling consequence. We need to put our fears in context. Our fears are real and I don't dismiss them out of hand. But every year we are forced to inoculate our school children because of the gre…

The anonymous, hateful, inaccurate door hangers distributed in Essex legislative district 8-1, comprised of most of the town outside the village, reflect solely on the character of those responsible.

I first met Lori Houghton in 2011, when we both were active volunteers in the community. We were part of the Heart & Soul of Essex project. Lori and I were part of a core team that worked hard to engage over 1,000 diverse residents from throughout the town to listen and learn together ab…

In mid-July the state of Vermont issued the guidance our school boards were to follow as they cobbled together plans to start the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance was not prescriptive; like the flippers on a pin ball machine, it was meant to keep things centered, with no one going off kil…

I’m writing in strong support of Tim Ashe’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Tim has dedicated his career to public service, at both the local and the state levels. He served on the Burlington City Council. For the past 12 years, he has served in the Vermont Senate, with the last 4 years a…

I am writing this letter to whole heartedly endorse Tanya Vyhovsky to be our state representative. With both Essex Mutual Aid and Rights &Democracy Vermont, I have had ample opportunity to see Tanya in action advocating for her community. She is the kind of leader who leads by lifting up…

As many of you may know the Vermont state primaries are coming up on August 11th, and this year they look a little different. Although this year's primary will take place mostly via absentee ballot this year's election is still vitally important. As we deal with the aftermath of Covid-19 as …

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to endorse the candidacy of Patrick Murray for a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the Chittenden 8-2 district (Essex Junction). I have known Pat for about 14 years. We first met during our involvement in a community theater troup…

The August 11th Primary Election is just weeks away, and this year we have the opportunity to re-elect State Representative Lori Houghton as our voice in Montpelier. I am proud to support Lori’s re-election and hope you will join me when you cast your ballot.

As an independent contractor I saw my income fall to zero in the span of a few days during this pandemic. Lori Houghton has been instrumental in helping me navigate the stressful, frustrating, complex system(s) of the Vermont DOL and PUA Unemployment.

I am writing today in support of Patrick Murray for House if Representatives. Patrick and I first met while leading a local theater non profit group, one that he ensured gave back directly to our community! When you run a non profit theatrical show it takes countless hours of dedication, and…

In the August 11 primaries, on whichever party ballot you choose, I urge voters in the Village of Essex Junction to write in Darrell Langworthy for Vermont House District 8-2. Mr. Langworthy is a hard working business owner with 2 restaurants, Mark BBQ and Heart n Soul.

When I am deciding about a candidate what matters most to me is not how they would vote on the “important” topic of the day - what matters most to me are their values. As the legislature votes on hundreds of items every two years I want to know what values a legislator relies on to make deci…

I’m supporting Tim Ashe for Lt. Governor in the Democratic Primary because in times like these experience and proven leadership matter more than ever. During the four years that Tim has led the Senate he’s shown the qualities that will make him a great Lt. Governor.

I feel like we are being controlled by the sum of our virtual realities. I grew up in an era where we marched against an undeclared, unjust Vietnam war. I saw and heard how song could influence political change through folk singers like Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. The Pentagon papers…

Essex voters are really fortunate to have Brian Shelden and Marybeth Redmond as candidates for the VT House of Representatives in the August 11 primary. Marybeth brings experienced leadership to the human, judicial, and social service Issues we face. Brian will bring his expertise in tech, b…