Opinion

Letter
July 21, 2016

On the other side of the tax sensitivity cliff

Dear Editor,

I agree totally with the Jon Margolis op-ed, published in the Mountain Times July 13 -19, but I don’t think the millionaires who were described in the article are the ‘rich’ that a lot of people are talking about. Those whose annual income…

Letter
July 21, 2016

Rutland First is pro-democracy, pro-transparency

Dear Editor,

I am a Rutland City resident, registered voter and taxpayer. Kudos to Rutland First for standing up for everyday citizens like me, and to the Board of Aldermen for asserting their authority as our representatives by sending the letter.

Rutland First is concerned…

Letter
July 21, 2016

Reckless, authoritarian act

Dear Editor,

The primary responsibility of elected officials is to the citizens. When Rutland’s Mayor Chris Louras single-handedly devised a plan with respect to bringing Syrian refugees to the Rutland area, he failed to consider the citizens he represents.

Vermonters are generous and welcoming. They…

Letter
July 21, 2016

Effort to dedicate Route 22A as Memorial Highway

Dear Editor,

Vermont Veterans of Foreign Wars tried in the past to get Vt. Route 103 named for Desert Storm veterans and their families, but it was discovered that half of Route 103 was named for Calvin Coolidge back in the 1930s. Therefore, we have…

Letter
July 21, 2016

Lisman demonstrates thoughtful conservatism

Dear Editor,

Bruce Lisman’s candidacy in this year’s Republican primary for governor seems, to me, to be a rare chance for us as Vermonters to help ourselves.

I introduced myself to Lisman after hearing him speak at a candidate forum last October. I found his…

Opinion
July 21, 2016

Reimagining Rutland

By Steve Costello and Terry Jaye

We’re writing today because we share a deep, abiding love for Rutland–and urge all who share that affection to embrace it in the coming days and weeks.

Regardless of where anyone falls in the current debates, we know one…

Letter
July 15, 2016

Who’s smarter: people or puppies?

Dear Editor,

Here at my Rutland home I have a wonderful golden retriever named McKie. He’s the most mellow, people-loving creature on the planet. We feed him an all-raw diet of healthy meat and local produce and he will soon celebrate his 10th birthday in…

Letter
July 15, 2016

Supporting mom and pop shops

Dear Editor,

Over the past eight years, Vermont has rapidly become a precarious state in which to own a small business. Per the Department of Labor Statistics, 60.5 percent of Vermont businesses employ four or less persons; in Bennington County, 62.5 percent and in Rutland…

Opinion
July 15, 2016

Vermont has little to fear from Florida

By Jon Margolis

Editor’s note: Jon Margolis is a VTDigger’s political columnist

What with elections in the offing, the ideologues have awakened from their seasonal torpor and with them a familiar old cry — one might even call it a meme if only one knew…

Opinion
July 7, 2016

Constitutional rights exist even in our forests

By Jay Diaz and Lia Ernst

The ACLU of Vermont has received a significant number of complaints about law enforcement actions at the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering in Mount Tabor.

The Rainbow Family is a loosely knit, leaderless group of people from all…