Commentary

Commentary
April 5, 2017

Win-win opportunity in Killington Valley initiative

Dear Editor,

“______ Rolls Down Hill” you’ll hear the old Vermonters yammer. It has been my experience, however, that the main thing rolling downhill from Killington/Pico’s direction toward Rutland… is opportunity. I am a Rutland (city), Vermont native. Born and bred as they say. I…

Amazing
Commentary
March 29, 2017

Amazing

By Jim Haff

I stopped by the Mountain Times on March 22 and asked them to go up to the hill and take a picture. It was an amazing sight! Any of you folks that are doubting Powdr and Killington Resort’s commitment to our ski…

Commentary
February 8, 2017

Is Vermont poor or paradise? Depends on the study

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

Vermont offers its citizens more opportunity to “access the American dream” than any other state. Vermont is one of the poorest states in the Union. Can both those judgements be correct? No. One of them must be wrong. Maybe both of them.

But just…

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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…

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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…

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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…