Opinion

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…

Op - Ed
April 18, 2018

Guns, commonsense, and Vermont’s example

By Senator Patrick Leahy

Editor’s note: This is a transcription of Leahy’s address on the floor of the Senate, April 12, 2018.

Yesterday, Vermont set an example for the Congress. A Democratically controlled Legislature and a Republican Governor, in a rural state with a strong gun…

Op - Ed
April 12, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency issues Vermont report card

By Anson Tebbetts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Boston regional office announced that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture has made significant progress toward meeting the state’s water quality goals.

In a letter to the agency dated April 2, EPA regional administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn noted, “Your…

Op - Ed
April 12, 2018

Margolis: Scott likely to win big in November

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

OK, enough for a while of all this chit-chat over minimum wages, family leave, getting the goop out of the lake, and guns (especially, mercifully, guns). Let’s turn to one of the eternal verities: politics.

Not that they aren’t all connected. The…

Letter
April 12, 2018

Attention required to prevent child abuse

Dear Editor,

Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month on April 3. I appreciate the ceremony at the Statehouse and the attention that it draws to the need that every child has, to be loved and safely nurtured. Every child, every…