Opinions

OPINION: Hearts of Darkness

by David F. Kelley Trapping season started in Vermont this past Saturday (October 27). It runs through March 31, 2018. Most Vermonters don’t pay much attention to trapping season unless their dog or cat is one of the non-targeted animals that gets injured or killed by a leghold trap.  But those of us who live […]

OPINION: Repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Need Law

by Rob Roper Kevin Mullin, chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB), appeared on the WDEV radio program “Open Mike” (10/11/17) to discuss Certificate of Need (CON) laws in the wake of a controversy regarding Copley Hospital and their highly successful orthopedic surgery center. Copley is, apparently, generating too much revenue as the result […]

OPINION: Support a Carbon Pollution Tax in Vermont

by William C. Thwing My name is Bill Thwing, I live in Bennington, where I am a member of Bennington Climate Advocates, which is a node of 350.org.  I am also a member of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. We want to thank Governor Scott and the members of the Climate Action Commission for having come […]

OPINION: Shooting Down From Very High Places

by Jules Rabin The shock of the Las Vegas shootings has dominated our attention for days. Anonymous terror from out of the sky, resulting in 58 deaths and an additional 489 wounded. How — HOW? — could such a thing occur?  What under heaven could have motivated the perpetrator, the man with the fanatical passion […]

OPINION: Questions About Jump-and-Splash RFP

by Richard Sheir Last week the Montpelier City Council voted to spend $30,000 to study the feasibility of constructing a clone of Claremont, New Hampshire’s Claremont Savings Bank Community Center. The Council should have saved the $30,000 and instead judge whether constructing a $10 million dollar public health club in a town of 7,500 is […]

OPINION: Don’t Blame Local School Boards for Health Insurance Increases

by Martha Allen Facts matter. As a 30-year school teacher, I could spot a mile away the students who didn’t do their homework despite the availability of resources they could have used to prove their points. Sadly, I can now spot politicians and others who obviously didn’t do their homework when they assert that proposed […]

OPINION: So Second Home Owners Can Vote in Vermont?

by Rob Roper, President of the Ethan Allen Institute 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 likely altered the outcome […]

OPINION: Setting the Record Straight: Rob Roper’s Commentary Is Inaccurate

by Secretary of State Jim Condos Recently, Rob Roper, President of the Ethan Allen Institute, posted an op-ed with the inflammatory, sensational title, “So Second Home Owners Can Vote in Vermont?” Perhaps as intended, Mr. Roper’s attention-seeking commentary caused significant confusion and concern about Vermont’s residency law for voting purposes. As Vermont’s chief elections official, […]

OPINION: Safe & Included

by Brian Ricca During this past month, we welcomed back to Montpelier Public Schools all our students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth graders.  I spent a substantial amount of time in our classrooms, visiting with students and teachers as they returned to learn some new routines, meet classmates for the first time, reconnect with classmates they already […]

OPINION: Equifax Security Breach

by Peggy Munro You may be aware that Equifax, one of the three major credit monitoring companies, publicly announced on September 7 that there was a cybersecurity breach of their data effecting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers dating back to May (2017). This breach was discovered by them late in July. Among the information accessed by […]