Water Cooler: UVMMC wants outpatient surgical center / downtown Burlington can’t fill jobs / homeless in Montpelier city parks / heating fuel costs to rise

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WCAX Police identify man found dead in Bethel 7/19/2021 5:13 PM
WCAX Vermont student selected as Boys Nation ‘senator’ 7/19/2021 5:52 PM
WCAX Why more financial institutions are banking on Chittenden County 7/19/2021 5:48 PM
WCAX Vermont dog, trainer to be featured on national TV show 7/19/2021 6:08 PM
VT Digger UVM Medical Center seeks to build outpatient surgical center 7/19/2021 6:40 PM
NBC 5 ‘It’s never been this bad’: In downtown Burlington customers are back but job applicants are few 7/19/2021 7:06 PM
WCAX Montpelier considers allowing homeless to camp in city parks 7/19/2021 7:26 PM
WCAX Crews work to repair flood-ravaged roads in southern Vermont 7/19/2021 7:28 PM
NBC 5 ‘It’s never been this bad’: In downtown Burlington, customers are back but job applicants are few 7/19/2021 7:08 PM
NBC 5 Vermont experiencing moderate drought despite heavy rain 7/19/2021 7:08 PM
Times Argus Residents claim rocks came from quarry 7/19/2021 6:11 PM
Rutland Herald Expungement clinic scheduled for July 30 7/20/2021 12:00 AM
WCAX Fully vaccinated Americans will soon be able to go to Canada 7/20/2021 4:22 AM
NBC 5 Universities experiencing highest application levels yet 7/20/2021 6:46 AM
WCAX Police investigate fight in Essex Junction 7/20/2021 9:03 AM
WCAX Israeli PM vows to ‘act aggressively’ over Ben & Jerry’s ban 7/20/2021 8:58 AM
NBC 5 OnSite Propane warns Vermont customers that their bill may be more expensive this heating season. 7/20/2021 8:49 AM

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  1. First we have an article about homeless in the area. Next we have an article about there is a great need for employees of all skill levels, even a near by ad for Flaggers starting at $17.25 an hour with a sign on bonus. This is a problem that should be solved now. Not when it is wintery weather. To tolerate the situation now and panic when the snow flies is bound to be much more expensive. This was the case when the State department responsible indicated what it cost the taxpayers for motel/hotel rooms. At least some homeless prefer the tents etc as they fear for their safety and their property. Others report that they just like living outside in the good weather if the state provides for them in Winter. So there is at least several different levels for homelessness. Each should be specifically considered. All require compassion, creativity, imagination and lots of effort. In brief, homeless camps are not desirable, Period! Don’t tolerate them now. This should be “all shoulders to the grindstone”, Consider the problems and solve them now, regardless of Tent City residents’ personal preferences. If they have a job, give assistance. If not find out why. If because of drugs or alcohol the person should be in a shelter that treats the problem. If be cause of senility or psychiatric considerations provide supervised care. Families with children need assistance immediately. And not just throwing money at the people from the tax payers. Get the community on the “band wagon” and eliminate homelessness, now! Jobs equal Success! Is there a reason employers do not consider the Homeless for job vacancies? Perhaps they should make an extra effort?

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