Opinion

Op - Ed
June 2, 2018

Vetoing the $15 minimum wage was a good thing 

By Rob Roper

After watching the debate in the State House over the $15 minimum wage it is hard to see how any rational or compassionate person could have, at the end of the day, supported the policy. The potential good that it may have…

Op - Ed
May 23, 2018

Rep.Welch slams farm bill

By Angelo Lynn

Republicans in Congress said the tax cuts passed earlier this year would do great things for the economy and help individual Americans.

While most Americans were opposed to it, Republicans nonetheless claimed it to be a huge accomplishment, and told us just…

Op - Ed
May 16, 2018

Gov. Scott’s line in the sand

By Angelo Lynn

Gov. Phil Scott’s line-in-the-sand mantra not to raise a single tax or a single fee has made politics in Vermont’s capital more strident, divisive and unruly. The irony is that the governor himself is mild-mannered, affable, pragmatic and someone who seems to get…

Op - Ed
May 10, 2018

Vermont climate economy: The moment is now

By Harrison Bushnell

My first food was a testament to Vermont’s economy. As a baby, the story goes, my parents held me as we admired the steaming arch at our neighbors’ house. They took a small spoon and let me taste my first few drops…

Letter
May 10, 2018

Marijuana legalization will affect road safety

Dear Editor,

Drivers impaired by opioids, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs pose a threat to every Vermonter and visitor that drive our highways. On July 1, Vermont will become the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Even proponents of legalization acknowledge that driving while high…

Letter
May 10, 2018

Cleanup was a success

Dear Editor,

Thank you to Casella Waste Management as well as to Southwestern VT Sales Coordinator Lisa Hotchkiss for her amazing customer service and communication that was outstanding through every facet of our third annual Community Clean Up  in the towns of Danby and Mount…

Op - Ed
May 9, 2018

“Proficiency-based Learning” reform lacks in proficiency

By Rob Roper

Vermont’s student test scores are falling. It’s no longer a blip, but a trend. As State Board of Education member Bill Mathis said, “When you have two different tests showing much the same thing, you have to pay attention to them.” Those…

Letter
April 18, 2018

Select Board should be more thrifty with spending

Dear Editor,

Thanks to the previous Killington Select Board (Patty, Chris and Ken) I now have to pay $50 more per month towards my mortgage escrow account. I previously voted not to change the bi-annual tax collection to quarterly. Now that the quarterly annual tax…

Letter
April 18, 2018

Proposed U.S. House Farm Bill would worsen hunger for Vermonters

Dear Editor,

On April 12, the House released a draft of the Farm Bill that aims to significantly erode nutrition programs that support millions of Americans, including SNAP (known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT), our nation’s largest hunger-relief program that helps 75,000 Vermonters feed themselves and…