Opinion

Letter
October 11, 2017

Trash disposal a problem

Dear Editor,

When the Ludlow and Cavendish transfer stations recently increased their fees, our donation shed saw a steep increase in unusable donations we cannot resell – especially those made at night and on weekends when the store is closed. As a result, our trash…

Op - Ed
October 11, 2017

Now’s the time for soil testing

By Daryle Thomas

Once you know where you are, it’s easy to get to where you want to be. And that, dear reader, is why you need to test your garden soil. A bit of a leap? Not really. Garden soil is not just dirt….

Op - Ed
October 11, 2017

Indoor composting made easy

By Carl Diethelm, a.k.a. Compost Carl

As a tenant not owning his own home and living in town, I understand how difficult it can seem to be to compost food scraps instead of putting them in the trash. There might not be space to compost…

Op - Ed
October 11, 2017

Vermont is not wavering on clean water

By Julie Moore

Despite the Scott administration’s commitment to restoring Vermont’s waterways and funding clean water initiatives, recent news stories have contained inaccurate information and given the false impression that we’re decelerating our efforts. This is simply not the case.

The Agency of Natural Resources,…

Letter
October 4, 2017

Setting the record straight: voter fraud case

Dear Editor,

Recently, Ethan Allen Institute President Rob Roper posted an op-ed with the inflammatory, sensational title, “So Second Home Owners Can Vote in Vermont?” Perhaps as intended, Mr. Roper’s attention seeking commentary caused significant confusion and concern about Vermont’s residency law for voting purposes….

Op - Ed
October 4, 2017

Election reform is about more than fraud

By Lee Hamilton

A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without…

Letter
October 4, 2017

Local volunteers sending help to hurricane victims

By Sue Skaskiw

Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society was able to fill a 34-foot RV owned by volunteer Barry Newton with cat, dog, horse, bird and rabbit food  (32 banana boxes full!); Vari-kennels, (pet carriers enabling abandoned animals to find their way to safety);…

Op - Ed
October 4, 2017

An ode to odor: Get your food scrap bucket smelling swell

By Carl Diethelm, a.k.a “Compost Carl”

Most people remember visiting “the dump” as a kid and being awestruck by the sight of piles and piles of stuff. There were big machines building mountains with the materials, and if you were lucky, there might be an…