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More Than Just Town Business

03/05/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/Steve Legge
Participants in Newark's 2008 town meeting vote on an article calling for the indictment of President George Bush.


Vermonters speak their piece about local issues on Town Meeting Day, but some people want to be heard on controversial national issues. This year more than 50 towns are taking up a resolution on corporate personhood, and in past years the war in Iraq and genetically modified foods have been on Town Meeting warnings, or they've been debated under "other business." Monday on Vermont Edition, we'll discuss whether town meeting is the right place to debate issues that reach far beyond your town line. Our guest is Susan Clark, co-author of All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community.

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Also in the program, the race for Burlington's open mayor's office. The three-way race to lead the state's largest city includes independent Wanda Hines, Republican Kurt Wright and Democrat Miro Weinberger. We'll hear from all three of them as voters prepare to decide who will lead the Queen City.

And VPR's Samantha Fields reports on how a community decides whether its small school has become too small to serve its students.


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