Opinion

Letter
February 15, 2017

The right side of the option tax proposal

Dear Editor,

In response to last week’s letter to the editor from Diane Scappaticci Rosenblum regarding the local option sales tax vote to rescind. First I’d like to start off by saying I have a lot of respect and regard for Mrs. Rosenblum, so Diane,…

Letter
February 15, 2017

“Kick Butts Day” educates youth about dangers of tobacco

Dear editor,

More than 480,000 people in the United States will die this year from a tobacco-related disease. Each day, more than 1,000 kids become new, regular smokers; roughly one-third of them will die prematurely from a tobacco-related disease. On March 15, 2017, Kick Butts…

Letter
February 15, 2017

Windsor Central finance committee report FY18

Dear Editor,

My name is Jim Haff. Around four months ago I was appointed to be the chair of the finance committee. I’ve worked hard with both principals at the middle and high schools and Richard Seaman, director of finance and operations for the Windsor…

Letter
February 15, 2017

We need more Bradys

Dear editor,

If the audacious come-from-behind win pulled off by the New England Patriots at this year’s Super Bowl has taught us anything, it is that no matter what, we should never stop believing in our abilities to succeed, even in the face of overwhelming…

Letter
February 15, 2017

Options tax needs revision

Dear editor,

Despite the various and differing views printed here on a weekly basis, our community has come a long way to come together in a short few years. In the early 2000s our town identified a problem in Killington. Simply put, our community was…

Letter
February 15, 2017

Increase in minimum wage needed

Dear editor,

Raising the minimum wage is not a new idea. But we need to get serious now. There is a bill before the legislature that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. There are many benefits to this. It would help…

Op - Ed
February 15, 2017

Regional marketing plan solicits county-wide support

By Lyle Jepson and Mary Cohen

Imagine a future for Rutland County in which young families move into efficient new homes close to high-paying advanced manufacturing jobs … recent college graduates shop downtown for “first day of work” wardrobes before starting jobs with local companies…

Op - Ed
February 8, 2017

Legislators called to increase nondegree grants funding

The average nondegree grant is $1,800

By Scott Giles 

Governor Phil Scott’s budget request to invest an additional $1 million in the nondegree grant program will pay off in real opportunities for Vermonters who need education and training for jobs that are waiting to be…

Commentary
February 8, 2017

Is Vermont poor or paradise? Depends on the study

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

Vermont offers its citizens more opportunity to “access the American dream” than any other state. Vermont is one of the poorest states in the Union. Can both those judgements be correct? No. One of them must be wrong. Maybe both of them.

But just…