Opinion

Letter
March 22, 2017

ARC Rutland Area thanks Elks for Valentine’s Day dance

Dear editor,

ARC Rutland Area, an organization that works with citizens with developmental disabilities and their families, wants to thank the Rutland Lodge of Elks #345 for sponsoring a Valentine barbecue and dance for approximately 95 members, family and friends of ARC Rutland Area on…

Letter
March 22, 2017

First Annual Killington Irish Festival a success

Dear editor,

If you were to ask a dozen people who attended the first annual Killington Irish Festival to sum up their experience at the event I would bet the stock reply would be, “It was Grand.” But of course, I’m a little biased. Under…

Op - Ed
March 22, 2017

TrumpCare’s big sin

By Angelo S. Lynn

By now, the biggest sin of the GOP health care bill is well known: it’s a tax cut bill masquerading as a health care plan. Simply put, it takes health care away from lower-income and middle-income Americans who need it most,…

Op - Ed
March 22, 2017

In praise of pragmatism

By Lee H. Hamilton

As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times. In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists? It would not change the issues at hand. On…

Op - Ed
March 22, 2017

Clouds on the horizon: The public’s right to know is under attack

By Sen. Patrick Leahy

This is the first Sunshine Week, since it began in 2005, when the public’s right to know has been under direct assault, and on several fronts. “Fake news,” “alternative facts,” retaliatory restrictions on press access by the White House, and demonizing attacks…

Letter
March 8, 2017

Open letter to VPIRG on wind

Dear VPIRG,

You asked for comments on the wind sound rules you would like to see in place. Since this is such an important issue to all Vermonters and your website wouldn’t receive comments, I had to seek other avenues to comment. These are statements…

Letter
March 8, 2017

Smoke-free outdoor air

Dear Editor,

As evidence of the dangers of secondhand smoke continues to rise, many communities have passed tobacco-free laws that cover outdoor areas such as parks, recreational facilities, beaches, outdoor workplaces, and public events such as county fairs and farmers’ markets. Locally, Rutland City passed…

Letter
March 8, 2017

Windsor state senator challenged on education

Dear Editor,

In his recent commentary in The Mountain Times, “Something to Write Home About,” Windsor County state senator Dick McCormack opines about “respecting the education fund.” He claims that he would never  raid the education fund for other purposes, due to his strong support for…

Letter
March 8, 2017

Strong working families mean a strong Vermont

Dear Editor,

As a state legislator, my first responsibility is to stand up for a Vermont that works for all of us. I’m continually looking at what we can do to strengthen Vermont’s economy for future generations. I’m proud to be a lead sponsor of…

Op - Ed
March 8, 2017

Let the sun shine in!

By Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

An open government makes for a better government. This is Sunshine Week and it is being celebrated all across the nation.4.1×7  In reality, it should be celebrated every week – not just this week – in Vermont and every…