Opinion

Opinion
December 18, 2014

Killington resort updates tax repeal request

By Mike Solimano, president and GM of Killington Resort/Pico Mountain

Since I first proposed repealing the sales portion of the 1 percent option tax last fall, I have had countless positive, encouraging conversations with local officials, residents and business owners about how this measure…

Opinion
December 18, 2014

Property tax resolution

Editor’s note: The following is an open letter addressed to Vermont cities and towns. Killington is the only town in both Rutland or Windsor County to pass such a resolution.

Dear Editor,

I am writing today to let you know that the…

Opinion
December 18, 2014

Look up, Americans, it’s not as bad as you think

By Lee Hamilton

We are one glum country.

Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few…

Opinion
December 18, 2014

Universal school choice is the answer to property tax crisis

By Rob Roper

Here’s the puzzle the legislature must solve regarding education finance reform:

How do you lower the cost of educating our kids so we can cut taxes, while maintaining or improving high student outcomes? How do you stay within the…

Opinion
December 18, 2014

Herb Russell receives recognition from SVCOA

Dear Editor,

I wanted to pass along my thoughts on Herb Russell, State Representative for City of Rutland. I met him recently at my Stepdad’s funeral and was so impressed by the things he’s done for the city, but most especially for the…

Opinion
December 18, 2014

Rutland county residents display holiday lights

Dear Editor,

This is one of my favorite times of the year. As a child I always enjoyed looking at Christmas displays. I still have vivid memories of the big plastic Santa in his sleigh being pulled by reindeer that would float over…

Opinion
December 3, 2014

State-subsidized spay-neuter program shut down

By Laura Krantz, VTDigger.org

The state this year abruptly shut down a program that helps low-income Vermonters spay and neuter their pets, documents show, leaving pet owners without an affordable way to have their animals fixed and inundating local shelters with calls for…

Opinion
December 3, 2014

Universal pre-K delayed one year

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

The implementation of Vermont’s universal pre-kindergarten mandate, signed into law with much fanfare in May, will be delayed for a year. State officials made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 26, citing challenges with rule-making and school budget processes.

Act…

Opinion
December 3, 2014

State won’t appeal DOC lawsuit

By Laura Krantz, VTDigger.org

The state will not appeal a court decision that deemed it unconstitutional to send male, but not female, inmates out of state, state officials say. In a lower court ruling this summer, Judge Helen Toor ordered the Department of…

Opinion
December 3, 2014

VTC layoffs announced

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Eight full-time faculty at Vermont Technical College in Randolph received layoff notices Monday, Nov. 29. The action is part of a large-scale financial reorganization that could have major implications for the school’s course offerings.

Additionally, senior professors are…