Opinion

Letter
August 31, 2017

Vote “yes” on fire department bond

Dear Editor,

Lately much has been made about the cost of the proposed land purchase for the new Public Safety Building. Having been on the Firehouse Committee I can state unequivocally the committee exhausted all possible sites available with the criteria of land cost, development…

Letter
August 31, 2017

A bloated firehouse

Dear Editor,

The following is in no way to disparage those who put in their effort to select a site, nor negotiate the sale price for the proposed firehouse. The following are facts we the citizens need to consider. An acre of land is 43,560…

Op - Ed
August 31, 2017

Walls to divide, bridges to unite

By Angelo S. Lynn

Walls to divide, or bridges to unite?

On the campaign trail, politicians of all stripes promise big things — but few were as boastful, wasteful and wrong-headed as “The Donald” was during his run-up to the Republican convention and throughout the general…

Letter
August 23, 2017

KMS head introduces changes for school year

Dear Editor,

Many of you will recall that two years ago KMS received our first accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. As part of that accreditation process, KMS is required to submit two-and five-year reports. What they didn’t mention is how…

Op - Ed
August 23, 2017

Nine presidents

By Lee Hamilton

One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of…

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,…

Letter
August 16, 2017

Have you been charged for a mammography screening?

Dear Editor,

Thousands of Vermonters follow their doctors’ advice and get an annual mammogram screenings. About 10 percent the time, they will get called back for an additional views.  Being told that you have to come back for more views can be stressful, but most…

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…