Richard Davis

Thanks to Brattleboro voters

Thank you to all of the voters who turned out for the Brattleboro election on March 5. Democracy is alive and well in our town.

And thank you to those who voted for me. I hope to represent those who voted for me and those who voted for other candidates. The Brattleboro Selectboard is a nonpartisan institution, and that means that we have a great deal of potential for collaboration and consensus-building.

I hope to promote that climate on the Selectboard and to be a voice for the people of Brattleboro. I intend to ask a lot of questions and make sure issues important to all voters are discussed openly and in sufficient detail.

Richard Davis...

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Heller: Representing a younger generation

I recently had the pleasure to spend a little time with Oscar Heller, who is running for a three-year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard. Oscar has been actively engaged in local government for a number of years, serving on the town Finance Committee. He is a local entrepreneur who...

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Avoid Covid and flu this winter

Too many healthcare-policy experts are minimizing the threat of Covid, and they are doing a disservice to the public by not urging more active prevention measures

Covid will always be with us, and most of us have learned to live with it. Unfortunately, people continue to die from the disease at a rate of 255 deaths per day in the United States. Hospitalizations for the disease are up 8.7%, and the death rate has increased...

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Stared down, under siege

Brattleboro, Vermont is a quiet town, for the most part. Sure, we have our share of some of the world's worst problems, but we handle them well, and the quality of life for most residents is something to be envied. But I never thought I would be terrorized by a gang of roving masked thugs in my safe little town. On July 24, as I sat in my hot tub, as I do most nights, a pair of beady eyes...

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The need continues

The Windham County Heat Fund, an IRS-recognized tax-deductible nonprofit, was started in 2005 by me and Daryl Pillsbury. We never intended to create a fund that would keep going for so long but the need never decreases. So we raise money every year and rely on a generous community to do the heavy lifting for us. They always come through, and Daryl and I - and the people we help - are grateful for the support. This past heating season,

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New health care bill is right on. It won’t pass.

It would be inspiring if Vermont were once again a national leader in health care reform efforts. When Peter Shumlin was governor in the 2010s, reform activism was at a high point, and the possibility of Vermont becoming the first state to implement a single-payer system seemed real. When his administration ran the numbers, after costly studies were done, Shumlin decided that it was not politically feasible to move ahead, and health care reform died in Vermont. A bill now...

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A life-or-death matter

Dear Sen. Sanders, I am writing to you because fuel prices are so high that it will become a life-and-death matter this winter. I know you are well aware of this problem, but I am hoping that there is something more that can be done by the United States to at least bring prices down a little. It is clearly a very complicated issue. In 2005, you attended the first fundraising event that the newly created Windham County Heat Fund...

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Balint mishandled controversy over super PAC funds

If you want some insight into the problems that current campaign finance laws create, the Vermont Democratic primary for the U.S. House may prove instructive. Windham County state Sen. Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray squared off in what proved to be a lopsided race. Balint handily defeated Gray. If Balint wins the general election, she will be the first woman and first openly gay member of Vermont's congressional delegation. According to VTDigger, “the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which spent...

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