Opinion

Tate update

Dear Editor, On Sunday night I attended a community hearing at Center Rutland’s fire house on the proposed closing of Rutland’s 911 dispatch call center. The room was packed and in attendance were representatives from several of Rutland County’s emergency teams, […]

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Opinion

Cutting prison education is shortsighted

Dear Editor, The Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT) is the fully licensed and accredited high school and vocational training and certification program for inmates in Vermont’s corrections system. For many students, it is the only opportunity they will have […]

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Opinion

An energy innovation program for Vermont

By Governor Peter Shumlin Pursuing clean energy policies in Vermont isn’t just about doing what is right for our environment and protecting our unrivaled quality of life. A thriving clean energy sector is also integral to our economy, keeping young […]

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Opinion

Marijuana tourism: a Trojan horse

By Julia Purdy What if Vermont legalized fun-time marijuana? The 196-page report from the RAND Corporation, commissioned by Governor Peter Shumlin, addresses that question in mind-boggling detail, but with no guarantees and many caveats that are beyond Vermont’s control. The […]

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Opinion

Rent-to-own industry exploiting poor in Vermont

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org Advocates say low-income people are enticed by low weekly and monthly lease rates offered by two national chain rent-to-own stores doing business in Vermont, Rent-A-Center and Aaron’s. Advocates charge the national retailers with circumventing current regulations […]

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