Editorials
Our Opinion: Time to Green Up Vermont's public access laws
If you've ever had the feeling that obtaining information about your government is hard to come by in Vermont, you're not alone. There are more than 260 exemptions carved into the state's public …
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Our View: Uncertainty follows Act 46 vote
So now we know for certain: There will be no 11th hour rescue of the proposed Act 46 merger that would have created a school district in Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford along the lines …
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Our View: A step forward on marijuana
The Vermont Legislature took another step towards full legalization of marijuana on Thursday night, legalizing the possession of 1 ounce or less and two mature and four immature marijuana plants by …
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Letter: Salt shed episode points up need for change

To the Editor:I, like others, watched the Select Board meeting the other night. Even though I believe Stu Hurd's heart was in the right place, his mind was certainly somewhere else. He did not …

Letter: Reclaiming democracy through the living wage

To the Editor: Out-of-control money breeds power, which breeds money, which breeds more power. This increase in power and wealth for America's richest intensifies income inequality and transmutes our …

Letter: Thanks for generosity toward needy families

To the Editor:Thank you, Bennington! On behalf of the Catamount Rotary Club and the Agency of Human Services, we would like to thank local individuals and businesses who generously helped to make …

Letter: Bureaucrats and boondoggles

To the Editor:Transparency is the answer to many of our problems.1: All libraries that receive public funds should be required to post a list of all the books they have banned in the last 12 months. …

Letter: Sees opportunism by critics of Hurd

To the Editor:Mr. Bethel's letter decrying the performance of the Select Board, calling Mr. Jacobs a liar and trying to make a case for a mayoral system is opportunism at its best.If this incident …

Letter: You cannot sweep this under the rug

If the Select Board is waiting to hear the will of the people then wait no longer: either force Stu Hurd's resignation or fire him. He knowingly allowed construction of the salt shed without a …

Letter: Profit from others' misfortune?

To the Editor: Governor Scott stated on Dec. 21 that climate change could be beneficial to Vermont. He's got to be one of very few, if not the only, person, in this state who thinks that way. It's …

Letter: Coyotes deserve respect

To the Editor:This is in response to the announcement of a locally sponsored statewide coyote hunt scheduled for the month of February with the sole purpose of awarding a prize to the person who …

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Columnists
Antibiotic resistance, and what you can do about it

The introduction of antibiotics in the late 1930s decreased U.S. infection deaths by 73 percent in the first 15 years. Antibiotics have enabled complicated surgery, chemotherapy for cancer, care for …

Graves: The book

There is an awful lot of talk right now about "Fire and Fury," Michael Wolff's explosive new expose about the Trump White House. Quoting people interviewed for the book, a column in the New York …

Mullin: Let's give our kids a healthy start

Medical costs in Vermont related to asthma, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have increased from $1.52 billion in 2010 to $2.04 billion in 2015. According to the Vermont Department of …

McClaughry: A state health insurance purchase mandate?

The House and Senate health care committee chairs in Montpelier are pondering new adventures in health care policy for 2018. High on their list is a Vermont individual insurance mandate.The mandate …

Leahy: The clock is ticking, and the people are watching

Once again, Congress finds itself lurching toward another manufactured made-in-Washington crisis. We are four months into a new fiscal year, and our government is still operating under last year's …

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