Op-ed

OPINION: Is Growth Always Good?

by George Webb, retired UVM professor   When population increases, development increases: More commercial buildings, houses, apartments, schools, and more and wider roads. My personal experience has been that not all of these changes are good. I moved to Vermont in 1966 when the population was about 423,000. Now it is about 625,000. In 1966 […]

OPINION: Stop Workplace Bullying Now

by Sherrill Gilbert, State coordinator for the Healthy Workplace Bill   The fight for human rights continues. There is a war going on and like every war there are casualties. In this country the numbers continue to grow each day. Workers in the workplace are targeted. The numbers of families that have been impacted by […]

Support the Ice Rink

by Kim McKee, Nate Hausman and Mariah Quinn, Montpelier   Picture this: An ice rink sparkling under the January sky. Skaters practicing figure eights and small children slowly finding their skating legs, wobbly but happy. Couples bundled up in the cold, thrilled to be outside enjoying the conviviality. After they finish skating, they stay downtown […]

OPINION: Precious Lives are No Laughing Matter

by Morgan W. Brown, Montpelier   Apparently there are those who appear to continue to believe that it is perfectly alright to jest about taking one’s own life or otherwise suicide in general. Sadly, up until only recently, Gov. Peter Shumlin had been among those repeatedly doing so. For those of us who have lost […]

OPINION: Math Problem in the House: Too many Dems

by Rep. Don Turner, House Republican leader, Milton Last November, Vermonters sent a clear message that the status quo no longer worked for them.  Vermonters told us that we needed to get to work to return the state to a sound and sustainable fiscal path, work to make Vermont a more affordable place to live […]

OPINION: Progress in Vermont

Editors Note by Nat Frothingham Here in the immediate aftermath of the just-ended 2015 session of the Vermont Legislature are two quite different appraisals — one from Gov. Shumlin and the other from House Minority Leader Don Turner — of what did or did not happen at the State House this year and what this […]

LETTERS: 5.21.15

Renewable Energy Not Cutting Carbon nor Slowing Global Warming Editor: Once again some legislators want us all to pay a carbon tax so Vermont can lead the way in carbon reduction. Missing from this rhetoric is the fact that Vermont once DID lead the way: When Vermont Yankee was operating, we had the lowest carbon emissions […]

EDITORIAL: Preserve Parental Right to Choose

by Nat Frothingham Author, activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visited the Vermont State House on May 5 and gave testimony on the current Vermont vaccination debate in a packed hearing room before the House Committee on Health Care. Kennedy is widely recognized by many Americans being the son of his namesake father, the […]

In MEMORIUM: Goodbye, Mary Jane

In MEMORIUM: Goodbye, Mary Jane

by Richard Sheir Mary Jane Manahan died last month. Her name may not be familiar, but you may remember her as the red-haired head of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library’s children’s room for many years. In fact, people in their 20s who now have children of their own may remember her from their own childhoods. By securing […]

LETTERS: 5.7.15

Please Help Nepal Editor: Nepal has suffered an unprecedented disaster. And like many of you, after the initial shock, we began to think about how we could help. But we wanted not just to help, but to help effectively.  First, we wanted to provide immediate help. Second, we wanted to identify and address the most […]