Opinion

Letter
May 3, 2017

Green Up Killington

Dear Editor,

May 6, 2017, is the official Green Up Day in Vermont. Free bags are available at the Killington Town Hall, so please begin ASAP! Signup sheet to list the streets you are greening up is on the Town Clerk’s counter. The annual thank…

Letter
May 3, 2017

Pawlet second community clean up a success

Dear Editor,

On April 29, the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union’s Currier Memorial School in Danby, Vt., and the Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet, Vt.,  held their 2nd Annual “Community Clean Up.” Thanks to Casella Waste Management and ACE Carting Services for the generous donations of…

Op - Ed
May 3, 2017

First 100 days: A president struggling to get on track

By Lee H. Hamilton

I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails.

Yet I also believe that constructive criticism…

Op - Ed
May 3, 2017

Wind energy: Bad for you, bad for the environment

By Annette Smith

Prospective neighbors of wind turbines heard all the promises: “Quiet as a library.” “Like a baby’s breath.” “The same decibel level as a refrigerator.” The more brazen wind developers claimed, “You will not hear them.”

Then the 450-foot wind towers with their…

Letter
April 26, 2017

Let’s take the long view

Dear Editor,

Is it just the nature of the institution that the Legislature tends to focus on issues that have or are about to become crises?

We seem to have a new annual tradition in Vermont; each year we face a “budget gap” with insufficient…

Letter
April 26, 2017

Rep. Jim Harrison introduces himself to Rutland-Windsor-1

Scott appoints new representative for Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon

Dear Editor,

Job Tate, who has served as our state representative in Montpelier for the past few years, has resigned due to a pending overseas deployment as part of his naval reserve in service to…

Op - Ed
April 26, 2017

Creating a “climate economy”

By Linda McGinnis

Vermont is made up of communities that care about each other and our beautiful surroundings. It comes from our respect for the past combined with a passion for a sustainable future. It’s about taking care of what we have and innovating new…

Letter
April 19, 2017

What Vermont can’t afford

Dear Editor,

Every year, Vermont gives away tens of millions of dollars to high-income taxpayers while cutting services for Vermonters who are struggling the most to make ends meet. Yet it is clear that Vermonters, as shown by their votes for national officeholders, don’t support…

Letter
April 19, 2017

Save the planet—go vegan

Dear editor,

As thousands across the U.S. get ready to protest environmental budget cuts, each of us can also help with our driving, our recycling, and our diet. Yes, our diet. A 2010 United Nations report blames animal agriculture for 70 percent of global freshwater…

Op - Ed
April 19, 2017

We need to safeguard the “public” in public office

By Lee Hamilton

For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full. This is not a good thing. Public officials should feel strongly obliged…