Opinion

Killington Resort president answers community question
Opinion
September 11, 2014

Killington Resort president answers community question

Q&A with Mike Solimano

Editor’s note: The Mountain Times receives many questions from readers every week about Killington Resort and Pico Mountain operations. In order to best answer some of the most common questions we will pose them directly to Mike Solimano, president…

Opinion
September 11, 2014

The summer of our discontent

By Lee H. Hamilton

Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel…

Opinion
September 11, 2014

Master Gardeners deserve praise for their work at the Fair

Dear Editor,

As the Vermont State Fair comes to a close, once again, the fairground gardens were prominently displayed. The Rutland County Extension Service Master Gardeners planted and maintained the ten gardens around the fairgrounds with dedication. Anyone attending this year’s fair, will tell…

Opinion
September 11, 2014

Funding schools with imaginary students raises questions

Dear Editor,

After reading Gov. Shumlin’s letter to Rebecca Holcombe, secretary for the Vermont Agency of Education, dated Aug. 19, 2014, which outlines initiatives he hopes she and the Agency will pursue on his behalf to advance progress this year, I was confused…

Opinion
September 11, 2014

What does “neighborhood watch” mean to you?

Dear Editor,

When people in a community are concerned that their neighborhood is being overrun by crime, they start a Neighborhood Watch. They do so to protect their families, their property values, and their way of life. Nobody ever accuses them of NIMBYism;…

Opinion
September 3, 2014

Taking Vermont Gas to task

By Angelo S. Lynn

Vermont Gas Systems was taken to task last week by the governor’s office for, among other things, its cost overruns on Phase 1 of the pipeline project from Colchester to Middlebury, its lack of transparency in its handling of easement rights,…

Opinion
August 28, 2014

Justices and the scramble for cash

By Lee H. Hamilton

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and the impact…

Opinion
August 28, 2014

School taxes: What got us here; how to fix it?

By Michelle Monroe

There was a lot of information about one of the state’s most vexing issues – education taxes – but no solutions at a gathering of roughly 100 municipal and school officials in South Burlington Thursday, Aug. 14.

Rising education costs are closing…