Commentary

Commentary
February 17, 2016

Sooner or later, climate change economy will happen

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Joe Fusco, who is a vice president of Casella Waste Systems Inc. He served as a member of the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council. He is also co-chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont’s MBA…

Commentary
October 8, 2015

Shumlin provides update on Vermont Health Connect progress

Gov. Peter Shumlin, representatives from Vermont’s insurance carriers, and officials and staff from Vermont Health Connect (VHC) gathered Thursday, Oct. 1, to offer an update on the health insurance marketplace’s progress.

The governor announced that the technology upgrade necessary for a smooth open enrollment has…

Commentary
September 18, 2015

Learning simplicity and sustainability WWOOFing

By Matt McCarthy

Editor’s note: Matthew McCarthy, from Connecticut, took a gap year between high school and college and participated in a program called Worldwide Opportunities On Organic Farms (WWOOF) at Kiss the Cow farm, in Barnard, Vt.

At the top of a curving, steep hill, in…

Commentary
September 11, 2015

A piece to remember

By Lee J. Kahrs, Editor, The Reporter, Brandon

Anyone who can’t claim Native Vermonter status came here for a reason. I came here in October 2002 after living through the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.

I wasn’t in the towers, and…

Commentary
September 9, 2015

Rutland taking leadership in Vermont’s climate economy

By Mayor Christopher Louras

On Aug. 26 I co-hosted (with the Vermont Council on Rural Development) a regional public forum at the Paramount Theatre on Advancing Vermont’s Climate Change Economy.

The City of Rutland has garnered statewide and, in numerous instances, national recognition for embracing…

Commentary
September 9, 2015

A unique category of persons

By Lisa Chalidze

Pregnant women: hardly the stereotypical political image. Yet birth stirs up intense political, moral and even legal controversy. Why?

Maybe it’s really a question of power?

In our society, there is a trade-off between individual liberty, on the one hand, and compliance…

House Speaker Shap Smith announces bid for governor
Commentary
August 28, 2015

House Speaker Shap Smith announces bid for governor

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Shap Smith, the longtime speaker of the Vermont house of representatives, formally launched his campaign for governor on Wednesday, Aug. 19, in his hometown, Morrisville. He is the first candidate among a large field of “maybes” to declare a bid for…

Tom Leypoldt announced as new executive director at PEGTV
Commentary
August 28, 2015

Tom Leypoldt announced as new executive director at PEGTV

RUTLAND — PEGTV, Rutland County’s public access television station, officially announce Tom Leypoldt as their new executive director on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Leypoldt has been the channel 15 coordinator for the last 20 years and will take over the helm starting Sept. 1.

“Tom Leypoldt…