Opinion

Letter
May 11, 2017

Help needed to stop bill

Dear Editor,

Please call the governor at 802-828-3333 and ask him not to support H-218—a pro-puppy mill bill. Dogs and cats forced to live their lives under the conditions in this bill will suffer greatly being confined to a space that is only big enough for…

Letter
May 11, 2017

No Mother’s Day for cows

Dear Editor,

Last week, The Washington Post published a major expose of the U.S. dairy industry concluding that mega dairies scam consumers into paying extra for “organic” milk that isn’t. The timing, a few days before Mother’s Day, is appropriate. Dairy cows, worldwide symbols of…

Letter
May 11, 2017

An attack on women’s health

Dear Editor,

There are 2.5 million patients that come to Planned Parenthood for care every year, regardless of their zip code, income, sexual orientation, race, religion, gender, or country of origin.

Shutting down Planned Parenthood would deny millions of patients access to its cancer screenings,…

Opinion
May 11, 2017

$26 million savings is too much for Dems to ignore

By Angelo S. Lynn

In Vermont, Democratic legislators must carefully consider (and reconsider) a late-in-the-session move by Gov. Phil Scott that could potentially save taxpayers $26 million annually in education costs. To ignore it could risk losing this one-time opportunity and give Republicans political ammunition…

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…