02/26/2015 11:14 AM EST
Town meeting remains one of the best examples of citizen-driven, grass roots democracy we have, in a world increasingly driven by de-personalized social media when it comes to social and political discourse. Full Story
Worth A Try02/17/2015 10:10 AM EST - When an issue keeps resurfacing, that should be a tip-off that there's an underlying problem that isn't fixing itself. Such would seem to be the case with the question of open flags or signage design parameters being brought to the attention of town Full Story Your tax break or my expenditure02/09/2015 03:46 PM EST - Ordinarily, we're not fans of so-called "tax expenditures" — a slick way of describing tax breaks, deductions or exemptions enjoyed by certain groups of taxpayers. Tax expenditures are a backwards way of describing foregone income that would Full Story Science-Deniers02/04/2015 06:43 PM EST - Every now and then a true "no-brainer" floats across the radar screen that makes you shake your head in wonderment about how some people can be so willfully ignorant of or incapable of of acting intelligently on something that was definitively Full Story Interest into Action01/27/2015 09:18 PM EST - It's encouraging that so many organizations and groups of people are meeting, talking, discussing and thinking about how to market the Manchester and the Mountains region and therefore how to bring more economic activity into our area. Full Story Ability to Pay01/21/2015 02:05 PM EST - Last week Gov. Peter Shumlin outlined in his annual budget address to the state legislature a plan to balance state spending by cutting back in some places, and reeling in about $15.5 million in new anticipated revenues by closing a loophole in the Full Story A Fine Line01/14/2015 04:51 PM EST - In the days since the assault on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a group of deranged Islamic extremists last week, there's been no shortage of commentary on its meaning and implications. Full Story In Search of Balance01/08/2015 03:47 PM EST - New year, same problem; that's an over-simplification of what faces Vermont's legislature when it convenes starting this week, but not by much.
The problem, of course, is money, or rather the lack of it. Full Story Progress on Two Fronts12/22/2014 10:38 AM EST - Last week, Gov. Shumlin bowed to financial realities and pulled the plug on his hope for ushering into being a single-payer health care system for Vermonters. We want to give him credit for having the courage to let go of an initiative that clearly Full Story Profile in Courage12/16/2014 12:31 PM EST - John McCain's finest moment in public service as a U.S. Senator came last week when he spoke to his senate colleagues about the now well-known report which detailed interrogation practices conducted under the auspices of the C. Full Story