The 2018 editorial by Mr. Lynn would be amusing if it were not so full of lies and sanctimonious righteousness. He is correct that a free and independent press in keeping an eye on government officials and informing the American people is critical, but there the truth ends.

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Our family has known Linda for many years. She is not only a friend but a representative that we always knew had the Village interests in mind with her commitment to our entire community. As a community volunteer I always knew I could reach out to her with ideas and concerns. When I moved in…

Occasionally, a community is fortunate enough to have a member who will volunteer to serve others because it is the right thing to do. Such has been the case for the Essex community. Whether it was serving her church as a teacher, a school district as a coach of the cheerleaders' team, the l…

I first encountered the force that is Linda Myers when she was writing for the Essex Reporter and I was the Chair of the Essex Planning Commission.

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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

The end of an era in Essex is finally upon us. The legislature is adjourned, the election is over (I think!) and we now have a powerful group of five women representing us in Montpelier. But we are losing an iconic public servant with Linda Myer's retirement. Most readers know that Linda is …

Nearly 10 years ago Vermont was plunged into an experiment in health care that ended up failing. The Green Mountain Care Board was originally set up to be the bureaucratic decision makers about what kinds of health care Vermonters were allowed to get under Gov. Shumlin’s experimental Single …

Vermonters pride themselves at embracing, some would say originating, the locavore movement. Locally grown meats, cheeses, vegetables, clothes etc. all take center stage. We support local enterprises and avoid, to the degree we can, out of state businesses. In the midst of the pandemic, many…

Thank you for electing me as one of your State Senators. If I did not earn your support in this election, I hope to do so in the years to come.

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The election race is over. I unsuccessfully ran in Essex House District 8-1 and now, rather than considering my campaign a loss, I am thankful for the adventure that this has been. It’s been exciting, breathless, frightening, and a very real learning experience.

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Deepest thanks to my Essex constituents for a definitive win and re-election to a second term in the Vermont House representing Chittenden 8-1. I greatly appreciate your faith in my work, and celebrate your coming out in force to vote and make your voices heard.

I’m voting for Tanya Vyhovsky because she cares about people. As the global pandemic bore down on Vermont, Tanya spent hours organizing to make sure that people in Essex who needed help got help. She found and organized volunteers. She spread the word about community resources. She picked up…

I believe, all that a Town Outside the Village resident has to do, is look at two different visions of what the Essex Plan is, depending on where you live. No one is going to change your allegiance to your cultural identity that you contribute to, in your part of town. Call it divisive, if y…

Few decisions we make have greater impact on both our short-term as well long-term well-being than those we elect to represent us in public office. I must point out a key word in this previous sentence…represent. For years now the average “tax paying” citizen is not represented in Montpelier…

When I ran for the State Senate in 2018, I learned a great deal about the unique challenges posed by the Chittenden District. Essex - large enough in population to merit a senator on its own - has gone decades without a current resident representing us in the State Senate. This means that it…

As an elected official I would love to have access to all 10 neighborhoods in my district ( EWSD) on Front Porch Forum. But FPF in their wisdom allows me to access my neighborhood only. Sad, I think. But they won't budge unless I pay thousands to access.

There are many reasons for running for public office. Public service requires trust, competency, and self-sacrifice. Maryse Dunbar and Thomas Nelson are accomplished in their chosen fields. Mr. Nelson is a career public safety professional and Maryse Dunbar a career health care professional.…

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I’d like to respond to Lori Houghton’s letter. She is right: “Unfortunately, Vermont is not immune to the tactics that are often employed at the national level -- lies and omissions.”

Flyers regarding the merger vote are being placed on doorknobs throughout the Village. We know the flyer is supported by the Village resident whose address is on the flyer and a woman from the Town outside the Village who is placing these flyers around the Village. Unfortunately, Vermont is …

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. He is also a generous community member, providing free weekly meals to those experienci…

Marybeth is a first-term State Representative from Essex District 8-1. During that time, I have gotten to know her fairly well. I supported her in 2018 and have never regretted it. As an example, Marybeth is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the legislature. I’m involved in two cli…

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It is said that behavior speaks directly to our intentions. We are what we do more than what we say. Considering this it appears that the National Republican party is at war with itself and grossly out of step with core foundational American values. Consider the following:

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The Essex Republicans want to express our doubts about Rep. Redmond's assertions of support. Her late objections to this claim seem like too-little-too-late. For one thing, a VERY LONG Legislative session has just ended without any serious action on this charter change.

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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

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…

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…

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…

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…