Tag Archives: op-ed

Op - Ed
October 11, 2017

Now’s the time for soil testing

By Daryle Thomas

Once you know where you are, it’s easy to get to where you want to be. And that, dear reader, is why you need to test your garden soil. A bit of a leap? Not really. Garden soil is not just dirt….

Op - Ed
October 11, 2017

Vermont is not wavering on clean water

By Julie Moore

Despite the Scott administration’s commitment to restoring Vermont’s waterways and funding clean water initiatives, recent news stories have contained inaccurate information and given the false impression that we’re decelerating our efforts. This is simply not the case.

The Agency of Natural Resources,…

Op - Ed
October 4, 2017

Election reform is about more than fraud

By Lee Hamilton

A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without…

Op - Ed
October 4, 2017

An ode to odor: Get your food scrap bucket smelling swell

By Carl Diethelm, a.k.a “Compost Carl”

Most people remember visiting “the dump” as a kid and being awestruck by the sight of piles and piles of stuff. There were big machines building mountains with the materials, and if you were lucky, there might be an…

Op - Ed
September 20, 2017

So, second home owners can vote in Vermont?

By Rob Roper

There is a vote fraud case in Vermont, currently in the Essex Superior Court, in which a family of second home owners from Connecticut (parents and two adult children) registered to vote in the town of Victory, and did so. Their votes…

Op - Ed
September 20, 2017

Sanders’ single payer, fringe or mainstream?

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

That was an impressive event starring Sen. Bernie Sanders last week, reflecting impressive political progress for him and his allies.

Just a couple of years ago, Sanders couldn’t get a single cosponsor on a bill to create a “Medicare-for-all” single payer health…

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,…

Op - Ed
July 26, 2017

When our president disregards what it means to serve the public

By Angelo Lynn

There he goes again

President Ronald Reagan coined the refrain, “There you go again,” to disarm President Jimmy Carter’s repeated attacks during the 1980 presidential campaign. The refrain has made a comeback, in a completely different context, with Donald Trump’s numerous outrages since…

Op - Ed
July 26, 2017

A carbon pollution solution

By Tom Hughes

Last week Governor Phil Scott took another step towards real climate action.  He signed an executive order creating a Vermont Climate Action Commission and reaffirmed the climate and clean energy goals set forth in the 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan.

In this era…