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PUBLIC NOTICE BULLETIN BOARD Public Hearing on Increasing Minimum Wage Montpelier, Vermont. The Vermont Legislature will hold a public hearing on Increasing the Minimum Wage on January 25, 2018. The hearing will be held at the State House in Montpelier, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The hearing is being held by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs in room 11. The hearing will be held in room 11. Witnesses can start signing up to speak at 5:30 PM. Witness testimonies are limited to three minutes. The Committees will also accept written testimony. For information about the format of this event or to submit written testimony, contact the Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs committee at (802) 828-3803 or email kdewey@leg.state.vt.us If you plan to attend and need accommodations to participate, please contact Kayla Dewey at kdewey@leg. state.vt.us by January 19, so that we can arrange those in advance. Websterville Fire District No. 3 105 Church Hill Road P.O. Box 155 Websterville, VT 05678 WARNING ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WEBSTERVILLE FIRE DISTRICT #3 OF THE TOWN OF BARRE, VERMONT The inhabitants of the Websterville Fire District #3 of the Town of Barre, Vermont who are voters in the Town Meeting of Town of Barre, are hereby duly warned that the Annual Meeting of the Websterville Fire District #3 of the Town of Barre, Vermont will be held at the East Barre Fire Station in said Town of Barre on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. Prudential Committee Websterville Fire District #3 DON’T PUT OFF ‘TIL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN SELL TODAY! 479-2582 Or Toll Free 1-800-639-9753 ~ Central Vermont’s Newspaper 403 U.S. Route 302 - Berlin • Barre, VT 05641 “Central Vermont’s Newspaper” GOLD STANDARD PUBLICATION 403 Route 302-Berlin, Barre, VT 05641 Tel.: (802)479-2582 or 1-800-639-9753 Fax: (802)479-7916 email: editor@vt-world.com or sales@vt-world.com web site: www.vt-world.com GOLD STANDARD PUBLICATION MEMBER CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Publishers: Gary Hass and Deborah Phillips. Classified GOLD STANDARD PUBLICATION Manager: Ruth Madigan. Receptionist: Darlene Callahan. Bookkeeping: Lisa Companion. Production Manager: Christine Richardson. Production: Kathleen Gonet. Copy Editor: Katie Moritz. Sales Representatives: Kay Roberts Santamore, Mike Jacques, Jody Fewer. Circulation: Aeletha GOLD STANDARD PUBLICATION Kelly. Distribution: Jim Elliot, Gary Villa, Paul Giacherio. The WORLD is published by WORLD Publications, Inc. in Berlin, Vermont. The WORLD is distributed free, and serves the residents of Washington and north-central Orange counties. The WORLD is published every Wednesday. Should your publication The WORLD assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertising but will reprint in the Publishers with following issue that part of any advertisement in which the typographical Please error refer to occurred. the CVC Service Notice by advertisers of any error must be given to this newspaper within five (5) business days of the date of publication. The WORLD reserves all rights to advertising copy produced by its own staff. No such advertisement may be used or reproduced without express permission. Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Closed Saturday and Sunday. Subscriptions: $8.00/month, $48.00/6 months, $96.00/year. First Class. page 12 The WORLD January 24, 2018 C Gold Standard publication you may run the Gold Standard ntil your current audit expires. Gold Standard scoring in future audits you may continue to Gold Standard logo, or convert to the traditional CVC audit Gold Standard scores are not achieved. t” audit status may display the CVC logo in their publication, marketing materials. ions Agreement regarding logo usage upon audit expiration. ave any question please call (800)262-6392. The WORLD welcomes Letters to the Editor concerning public issues. Letters should be 400 words or less and may be subject to editing due to space constraints. Submissions should also contain the name of the author and a contact telephone number for verification. For letters of thanks, contact our advertising department at 479-2582; non-profit rates are available. Running for Montpelier City Council Dear Editor, My name is Alex Geller and I am running for Montpelier City Council in District 2. My wife, Wendy, and I have been residents of Montpelier for six years, and I feel now is the time for me to give back to this great community. I currently work in IT Project Management where my main responsibilities include helping the state modernize its processes and tools to become more efficient while delivering enhanced services to taxpayers. I try to bring an analytical and collaborative approach to examining challenges from multiple angles so that pragmatic decision-making can take place. My hope is that I could use these skills to help the Council investigate where Montpelier shines and where our city might address its challenges in balanced and measurable ways. On a personal note, I’m enthusiastic about outdoor recreation. I’d love to see Montpelier complete the bike path and find creative ways to embrace our two rivers, responsibly. Expanding recreational opportunities is one way to attract young people who value a balanced and healthy lifestyle. In turn, this will help diversify Montpelier’s demographics to ensure a resilient economy and strong community. I am supportive of the City Council’s efforts to improve our infrastructure while maintaining a reasonable budget and tax rate. Additionally, I would like to see more housing opportunities developed in ways that retain our city’s character so that elders can remain members of our community and young families can join us and settle here. There are other issues I would like to speak to between now and Town Meeting Day on March 6, but in the meantime, District 2 residents should feel free to reach out to me at GellerD218@gmail.com. I’d like to hear your views and • • • perspectives so I can understand how, if elected, I might serve you well. Sincerely, Alex Geller Prioritizing the Health of Our Children Dear Editor: In Vermont, we work hard to protect our kids from anything that may cause them harm. This is doubly true in school buildings, where we vet the people going in and out, monitor things like allergens and medications, and take careful notice of how we maintain facilities. Unfortunately, there is a missing link in school safety, and that is in the air our kids breathe daily. High levels of radon have been found in schools across the country – including some in Vermont. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is odorless, tasteless, clear, and creeps in through the foundation, silently accumulating in buildings and homes. Long term exposure to radon can be harmful and even deadly. While Vermont’s Department of Health offers free radon testing to public schools, only 74 of nearly 300 schools have taken advantage of this program since 2005. Of the schools that were tested, 15% had had screening results classified as dangerous enough to recommend radon mitigation. These tests, which effectively measure a dangerous toxin, should be mandatory in every school building, and results should be disclosed to the teachers, parents and community members – whose lives may be changed because of it. Thankfully, Senator Ginny Lyons is introducing a bill requiring schools to do just that. This is a vitally important bill for all teachers, parents and families in Vermont that rely on schools to educate and protect our children. All Vermonters should urge their representatives to support this legislation and prioritize the health of our children and the air they breathe. Sincerely, Rebecca Ryan Senior Director, Health Education and Public Policy American Lung Association in Vermont New Public Noticing System Puts Information into the Hands of all Vermonters Once considered out-of-sight, the state’s environmental permitting system just got a massive makeover that’s turning heads. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently launched the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). Now, for the first time ever, there is an online hub that gives anyone the ability to easily track permit applications and add public comments. DEC issues more than 9,000 permits annually. Nearly half of these permits will be publicly noticed on ENB in the coming year, making the entire process more straightforward and transparent. ENB gives users the power to add comments directly to the website, request a public meeting, and receive notice of the final permit application decision. Permits play a key role in sustaining Vermont’s outstanding environment and vibrant communities. DEC permits protect public health, support economic viability, promote the safe handling of fuel and other hazardous materials, and safeguard drinking water. These permits help businesses, municipalities and individuals build homes, facilities and infrastructure while protecting Vermont’s air, water and land. “The Environmental Notice Bulletin is an example of how government should operate, working together with the public to improve access to information and to decisions that affect our everyday lives,” said DEC Commissioner Emily Boedecker. “Whether you’re interested in facilities that manage household trash and food scraps, invasive species control, wetlands and water quality, shoreline development projects, or wastewater treatment facilities, ENB offers an easy way to stay informed.” ENB is the result of user feedback and represents a larger movement in state government to modernize processes. DEC looked at its overall permitting system and analyzed how the public was engaging with the permitting process. After reviewing these results, the Department created ENB to increase public engagement and provide a more predictable, consistent system for applicants. ENB merges 85 different permit procedures into five core categories and consolidates all permit information into one place on the ENB website. In the three weeks since ENB launched, there is already a substantial mix of permit applications in the system including permits for brewery conversions, lakeshore protections and stormwater management. ENB provides a valuable service to all Vermonters by making a wealth of information instantly available online. Starting using the new Environmental Notice Bulletin today at enb.vermont.gov.

The Post ★ ★ After the indefensible disaster of the Iraq War, we are not as quick to trust politicians when they try to get involved in foreign conflicts. In 2013, President Obama tried his best to rally our support for war when Syrian President Assad defied Obama’s Line in the Sand. We were just about to go to war against Damascus and possibly Russia when the American people resoundingly and smartly rose up against it. So… what is a militarist regime to do when its people don’t trust it and are sick of war? Battle secretly, of course! The US is still actively involved in Libya. Our bombing raids destroyed a stable, anti-Islamist, pro-minority regime and replaced it with chaos, Al-Qaeda, and a return to the slave trade. And we’re still there finding new ways to mess the place up. Our military has been working hand in hand with Saudi Arabia to decimate Yemen since 2015. It never bothered to tell us why. There are US boots in Pakistan even though it is not even clear whether the regime in Islamabad is our ally or a pro- Taliban, pro-terrorism arch enemy. There is an enduring military and CIA presence in Chad, Congo, Ethiopia and Somalia. They figure that you don’t know where those countries are and don’t care how many people we kill there. Oh, by the way, the military is still meddling in Syria, too, even though we told them not to. THE story of the Obama years was how the War on Terror went underground. But it wasn’t covered because the Establishment Media is shameless and terrible. Apparently, that was not always the case. Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” tells the semi-gripping story of how the feisty editor (Tom Hanks) and the brave publisher (Meryl Streep) of the Washington Post defied the Nixon Administration and published the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The Pentagon Papers were a secret report by then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara that explored the consequences of American actions in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The two most damning aspects of the Pentagon Papers was the revelation that Presidents Kennedy and Johnson actively lied to the American people about what was really happening in Vietnam. And the upsetting fact that the military agreed that the war was unwinnable as early as 1965 but sent two million more men there, anyway. We are supposed to feel like the Washington Post reporters were brave to publish the Pentagon Papers because the Nixon White House had filed a court injunction trying to criminalize the publication of military secrets. Spielberg tried to spin this into a life and death battle for the free press. It wasn’t. It was little more than an ill-conceived dirty trick by the White House against hostile newspapers that Nixon feared were working to destroy him. He was dead right, by the way. The more compelling drama comes from publisher Kay Graham’s difficult decision to betray her close friends Lady Bird Johnson and Robert McNamara by making them look bad in her newspaper. “The Post” is an awkward failure by an aging director who may be losing his edge for good. Every conclusion that Spielberg makes is either childishly obvious or completely wrong. His primary argument is that the Pentagon Papers marks the end of the era where newspaper bigwigs befriended and protected politicians. The last decade proves that this is total hogwash. The press kept silent about the secret wars of the Obama years because it adored the President. And if American reporters ever decide to shine a spotlight on the lies and abuses of our military and CIA, it will not be because they care about the lives of brown and black people. It will be because they want to destroy a President who refuses to be friends with them. Sally’s Second Act 50% off Get Some Great Deals! 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There are those who believe that the business community is well-suited to take on a disproportionate share of the cost of state government. There are those who believe that the business community can afford to fund government operations at a high level. The fact is that “profit” is not a four-letter word. Free enterprise is what built the world’s biggest economy and it is free enterprise that has provided the means for success of individuals and businesses. Overburdensome taxation, employer mandates and over regulation of business stifles business expansion and economic growth. Previously I wrote about the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Public Policy positions on Budget and Taxes, Education Funding, Employer/Business Mandates, and Employer and Labor Issues. This week I will address the remainder of the issues that we will be following in the 2018 session of the Vermont General Assembly. ENERGY • Encourage reliable and affordable electricity and fuels for heating and transportation • Ensure rates that are competitive and are cognizant of the cost to businesses of all sizes • • • Creating a Pro-Business, Pro-Growth State Economy • • • • Encourage energy conservation and use of renewables without shifting costs • Support local control over siting renewable energy sources. HEALTH CARE REFORM • Maintain and expand personal choice and responsibility regarding health care costs • Bring transparency to health care pricing • Promote efficiency throughout Vermont’s health care system. PERMITTING • Simplify and streamline the permitting process • Create a permit process that is timely, more predictable and less subjective • Reduce the numbers of appeals, and reimburse the prevailing party for direct and indirect costs. TRANSPORTATION • Recognize that many forms of VT transportation infrastructure are vital to the Vermont economy • Support the use of transportation funds exclusively for transportation projects • Ensure that the transportation fund is supported by all modes of motorized transportation • Expand private sector reliance to deliver transportation projects more efficiently • Support creative ways to leverage federal funds to ensure that needed projects get completed • Maintain private sector access to transportation projects • Align Vermont transportation policies so that they are competitive with neighboring states. The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce recognizes that government has a responsibility to support and protect all citizens. We also recognize that government has a direct role to play in creating a springboard for growing the economy. 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