Opinion

Commentary
February 8, 2017

Is Vermont poor or paradise? Depends on the study

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

Vermont offers its citizens more opportunity to “access the American dream” than any other state. Vermont is one of the poorest states in the Union. Can both those judgements be correct? No. One of them must be wrong. Maybe both of them.

But just…

Letter
February 8, 2017

Local shopper unhappy with TJ Maxx carrying Trump brand

Editors note: the following is an open letter to Ernie Herrman, CEO and president of TJMaxx

Dear Mr. Herrman,

I am writing to tell you that I have stopped shopping in TJMaxx stores since the election in November of 2016. That is when I became…

Letter
February 8, 2017

Do not rescind the 1 percent local option sale tax

Dear Editor,

Is the Select Board crazy?

The 1 percent local option sale tax component of the options tax contributes approximately $400,000 to $500,000 to the annual General Fund budget. Who do you think is going to make that up if it is rescinded? You…

Op - Ed
February 8, 2017

A speech everyone should read

By Lee H. Hamilton

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s Jan. 10 farewell address to the American people.

I’ve been reading presidential…

Op - Ed
February 8, 2017

Attitude counts

By Lyle Jepson

Vermonters can no longer ask their economic development organizations to work in isolation and still expect success for our communities and our businesses.

Over the last year, the Rutland region has proved that a common vision and a common direction – forged…

Letter
February 1, 2017

Approve Gov. Scott’s pragmatic budget to achieve critical reform

Dear Editor,

Gov. Phil Scott is attempting a “top-down” approach to check education spending because past legislative efforts have failed, and new initiatives are unlikely to win the approval of the Democrat-controlled Legislature. Democrats that are now expressing a newfound concern for local control seem…

Op - Ed
February 1, 2017

The true cost of local food

By Rachel Carter

When choosing to purchase food, cost is often a deciding factor for consumers. Why buy a 12-ounce package of local bacon for $7.99 when you can get it for $4.98? Purchasing local food means you know where your food comes from, you’re…

Op - Ed
February 1, 2017

Gov. Scott’s budget has bold ideas, but also reckless ones

By Angelo S. Lynn

Give Gov. Phil Scott credit for utilizing the element of surprise. In his budget address this past Tuesday, Jan. 24, he rocked Montpelier’s world by suggesting that public schools, K-12, freeze their budgets at current spending levels, force teachers to pay…

Letter
January 26, 2017

Resort’s request supported

Dear Editor,

I want to applaud Mike Solimano and his team for the terrific job that the Resort did with the World Cup. The combined efforts of the town and the resort prove that both are in this together. The positive impacts are sure to…

Letter
January 26, 2017

A better way to build on the resort’s success

Dear editor,

I am not on board with designating $100,000 for support of Killington Resort’s efforts to bring back the World Cup. First of all, there are no guarantees that Killington will even be considered by the FIS (International Ski Federation, the World Cup governing…