Opinion

Letter
April 27, 2016

Thanks, Chef Claude

The Page Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter in Orleans, Vt. would like to acknowledge and truly thank Claude Blais for carrying out an amazing fundraiser to benefit our shelter in memory of his beloved dog, Bullet. The fundraiser was held this April and raised $800. Thank…

Op - Ed
April 27, 2016

Earth Day heroes

By Deb Markowitz Every Earth Day, I take time to reflect on the importance of the work we do at the Agency of Natural Resources and how much I appreciate the passion and commitment of our over 600 employees. At ANR, our work to protect the…

Op - Ed
April 27, 2016

Jay Peak

By Emerson Lynn It breaks the heart to read the Securities and Exchange Commission’s allegations that the Jay Peak “miracle” was a “Ponzi-like” scheme involving the misuse of $200 million in investor funds. It is a story without victors. It’s a story from which we…

Op - Ed
April 20, 2016

Ethics panel long overdue

By Job Tate

Thankfully, Vermont is no “banana republic”—corruption, conflicts of interest and abuses of power by our elected officials are few and far between; and we continue to have one of the most accessible legislative bodies in the world. However, as the public trust…

Letter
April 20, 2016

Time to regulate and educate

If drugs cause addiction, ceasing drug use would cure addiction. It doesn’t. Members of Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous are clean and sober. What’s causing their addiction, the drugs they don’t use? There would be a dose dependent relationship between use and addiction. There isn’t. An…

Letter
April 20, 2016

Suicide prevention needs Senate’s help

Over the past 10 years, Vermont’s suicide death rates have averaged 30 percent higher than the U.S. rates. It is the second leading cause of death of all Vermonters aged 14-35 and the third leading cause for ages 35-44 and in the top 10 for…

Op - Ed
April 20, 2016

Recovering addicts, ex-cons deserve a second chance

By Mickey Wiles

My name is Mickey Wiles and I am the CFO of Burlington Labs, where I have been given a second chance after being convicted of a felony. As a person who has improved his own life through long-term recovery, I understand the…

Changing fundamental governance
Op - Ed
April 13, 2016

Changing fundamental governance

By Scott Milne

House Bill 249, a bill entitled “an act relating to intermunicipal services” passed the Vermont House of Representatives earlier this month, and is now being considered in the Senate. It is a direct assault on the independence of Vermont towns and…

Letter
April 13, 2016

Should we invest in 13 dams, $750 million?

A very unique vote could be looming in the House. Many of you may have heard that the state has formed a working group to look at the purchase of 13 dams on the Connecticut River, an initiative that would require the General Assembly…

Letter
April 13, 2016

Move to name Rte. 103 in honor of Desert Storm vets

March 3 marked 25 years since total victory by all veterans who served in Desert Storm giving freedom back to Kuwait. This was the largest callup of reserves and deployment of troops in Vermont since the end of Vietnam almost 50 years ago. The…