Op – Ed

Op - Ed
August 23, 2017

Politicians must confront hate

By Mike Smith

In the early 1960s we still had racist state laws defending the widespread practice of segregation. Slowly — too slowly for many black Americans — those laws began to change.

However, racism and bigotry don’t end by changing laws. In many respects,…

Op - Ed
August 16, 2017

Is North Korea really the problem?

By David Russell

Editor’s note: This commentary is by David Russell of Perkinsville, who is a retired renewable energy and securities consultant and whose writing appears in venues including the The Hill and Huffington Post.

Military analysts surmise that North Korea has a small nuclear…

Op - Ed
August 16, 2017

It’s the property tax that’s unfair in education funding

By Jack Hoffman

Economist Art Woolf wrote recently that Vermont spends too much on education because taxes are too low for many residents. Woolf was referring specifically to resident homeowners who qualify to pay school taxes as a percentage of their income rather than on the value of…

Op - Ed
August 9, 2017

Good communication lies at the heart of democracy

By Lee H. Hamilton

Do ordinary citizens still have a voice in Washington and in their state capitals? Despite the cynicism of these times, my answer is, yes, we do. But we have to exercise it.

I don’t just mean going to a town hall…

Op - Ed
August 9, 2017

Democrats fail to connect with economic message

By Mike Smith

During the last gubernatorial election, and then again just recently during the debate over teachers’ health insurance, Vermont Democrats underestimated the potency of Gov. Phil Scott’s affordability message.

Scott continues to force an economic debate by hammering away at decreasing the rate of…

Op - Ed
August 2, 2017

​Witnessing Vermont’s changing landscape and economy

By Nick Richardson

The economy and our landscape in Vermont are intertwined. Recreation, tourism, agriculture, and forestry, all key economic drivers, depend on the natural resources from our landscape. Indeed, the Vermont brand itself is inseparable from our land ethic- a thoughtful way of living,…

Op - Ed
August 2, 2017

A state of satisfaction, with one big exception

By Jon Margolis

Editor’s note: Jon Margolis is a political columnist for VTDigger.

You know who really likes Vermont?

Vermonters.

According to a Gallup Poll, 61 percent of the people who live in Vermont say it’s “the best or one of the best possible states to…

Op - Ed
July 26, 2017

When our president disregards what it means to serve the public

By Angelo Lynn

There he goes again

President Ronald Reagan coined the refrain, “There you go again,” to disarm President Jimmy Carter’s repeated attacks during the 1980 presidential campaign. The refrain has made a comeback, in a completely different context, with Donald Trump’s numerous outrages since…

Op - Ed
July 26, 2017

A carbon pollution solution

By Tom Hughes

Last week Governor Phil Scott took another step towards real climate action.  He signed an executive order creating a Vermont Climate Action Commission and reaffirmed the climate and clean energy goals set forth in the 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan.

In this era…

Op - Ed
July 20, 2017

Act 60: Twenty years after Brigham

By William J. Mathis

Editor’s note: William J. Mathis is managing director of the National Education Policy Center and vice-chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, and a Goshen resident. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization with which…