Anne Rider

Harrison and Hashim: will bring complementary skills to state Senate

We are lucky here in Windham County to have two excellent candidates, Wendy Harrison and Nader Hashim, running for the state Senate to fill the seats vacated by Becca Balint and Jeanette White.

Wendy and Nader make a strong team, and they would bring different, yet complimentary, skills to the Senate. I have followed both of their paths with interest and admiration.

Wendy's work both before and since she came to Windham County demonstrates a deep commitment to community. As a former Selectboard member, I am thrilled with her deep knowledge of how town government can and should work and with her extensive efforts throughout Vermont to help towns find solutions to seemingly intractable problems. I've witnessed her doing what she does so well: listen, learn, suggest options, and help implement solutions.

Nader's work as a Vermont state trooper brought him in close contact with people in crisis. He had the opportunity to see up close the effects of trauma, substance use, homelessness, and poverty on people's lives.

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Coffey: a do-er and communicator who cares deeply about our towns

Guilford and Vernon are extremely lucky to be represented in Montpelier by Sara Coffey. Sara has now been working on our behalf for four years, and during that time she has brought so much to the job: hard work, integrity, and a willingness to listen respectfully to all points...

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Can we restore awareness that we all have the best interests of the town at heart?

The revote to fund the expansion of the Guilford Free Library resulted in the article being defeated. I am very disappointed in that result and want to thank the Library staff and trustees for their incredible efforts to educate the voters about the benefits of the expansion. I also...

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Eastes: intelligence, consideration, and affordable internet

(1)I have known Zon Eastes for over 30 years, and I have always known him to be an intelligent, thoughtful and considerate person. Zon has brought a very strong work ethic to his time on the Guilford Selectboard. He does his homework and is prepared for meetings. He has dived in and studied the issues in depth, and his knowledge and experience will continue to serve our town well. Probably the most notable contribution has been his work to obtain...

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Why this sudden rush to throw out WSESD?

I attended the Guilford Selectboard meeting on Jan. 25 and was disheartened by two articles being proposed for the warning for Town Meeting. In essence, these articles propose dissolving the newly formed Windham Southeast School District. The decision to put these articles on the warnings of every town in the district left me with many questions. Why this sudden rush to throw out a model that has only recently been adopted? The new district has only been in existence for...

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Coffey: caring, outreach, and constituent service

I happily endorse Sara Coffey for Representative of Windham-1 (Guilford and Vernon). Two years ago, I was optimistic about what she would bring to the State House in her first term, and I was not disappointed - in fact, her outreach and hard work have far exceeded my expectations. I could describe the attributes that have made Sara such an effective legislator but I thought instead that I'd share two examples of her actions which illustrate her caring and willingness...

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Coffey: Hard work, positive energy

I am so excited that Sara Coffey made the decision to run and then threw all her considerable energy and talent into the race. I have known Sara since she first moved to Guilford in 2006, and I have been so impressed by the enthusiasm and hard work she has brought to all that she's done for our town. She not only brought the Vermont Performance Lab to town but also became a key volunteer for the Grange - putting...

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Shumlin consistently backs early-childhood education

I am supporting Peter Shumlin for Governor for many reasons. One major reason is his unequivocal support of early childhood care and education. I worked in public education my entire career.  In my roles as a classroom teacher, special educator, director of the Title I program for Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, and a member of the Vermont State Board of Education, I have been completely convinced of the vital importance of children entering elementary school ready to learn. Current research...

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