Opinion

Op - Ed
January 23, 2019

Grateful for state’s politics?

By Angelo Lynn

As political partisanship reaches an all-time high in the country (recent studies show the nation’s two major political parties have never been further apart in terms of their priorities and ideology), Vermont’s political leaders offered a different scenario on the…

Op - Ed
January 23, 2019

State farmers need to look at new approaches

By Anson Tebbetts

As we enter a new year, many Vermont dairy farmers, as well as farmers nationwide, continue fighting through their economic fog. Trapped in an antiquated federal dairy pricing system, Vermont’s hard-working stewards of the land are at the whim of a highly…

Op - Ed
January 23, 2019

Paid family leave would add to state un-affordability

By Rob Roper

As a result of the November 2018 elections, Vermont Democrats and Progressives achieved veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Their first priority flexing this new muscle is to pass a mandatory, government-run, paid family leave program that will require a…

Letter
January 23, 2019

State should invest in its college students

Dear Editor,

As a young and native Vermonter who is committed to this state it has been frustrating to watch many of my peers leave Vermont for more affordable college opportunities. I know this frustration is shared and felt by many Vermonters. These include small,…

Op - Ed
January 16, 2019

Trump’s troubles over wall a harbinger of politics in 2019

By Angelo Lynn

Just 16 hours after Trump’s prime-time speech from the Oval Office urging support for his border wall fell flat Tuesday night, news organizations reported he slammed his hand down on the table and walked out of a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Democratic…

Op - Ed
January 16, 2019

The carbon tax – a wolf in green clothing

By Lawrence Zupan

“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet…  TAXMAN!”

Though that’s from a 1966…

Letter
January 16, 2019

Thanks for your support

Dear Editor,

Each year the staff and volunteers at Black River Good Neighbor Services collect food and toys during December and distribute them to deserving families throughout the area. This distribution dates back to well before the creation of BRGNS, but our staff and volunteers…

Letter
January 16, 2019

Government shutdown assistance offered

Dear Editor,

By the time you are reading this we hope that the government shutdown has ended. But if not, the folks at Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow want to remind any government employee who is having trouble meeting financial obligations that we…

Op - Ed
January 16, 2019

Regulating cannabis the Vermont way

By Josh Decatur

On July 1, 2018 Vermont became the ninth state to allow the legal possession and consumption of cannabis for adult use. In other words, cannabis is now legal in Vermont. Under current law, any Vermonter 21 years of age or older can…

Op - Ed
January 16, 2019

VSAC study of college completion identifies urgent needs

By Scott Giles

Nearly every conversation about the economic future of our state begins and ends with the need for greater workforce development and for Vermonters to get the education and training required for the available jobs today and the ones coming down the line….