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Public Safety Commissioner responds to editorial

To the Editor:I write in response to your editorial dated July 20, 2017 and to provide your readers with accurate information regarding the Vermont State Police press policy.The Vermont State Police is fully committed to transparency. It firmly …

Letter: Let's help build BBA a home track

To the Editor:Remember the Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary? Yes, a country from the tropics competing in a winter sport. They were the epitome of being an underdog. It reminds me of the Burr and Burton …

Letter: People heard, but no one stood up

To the Editor:The recent string of conversation in the Journal — Bob Stannard's May 5 column and Mark Tashjian's follow up May 12 column along with former Coach Shehadi's letter — all addressed events that had transpired at a BBA boys' …

Letter: Choice still matters in Rupert-Pawlet Act 46 effort

To the Editor:For those readers who have not followed Rupert and Pawlet's second attempt to merge under Act 46, there is a lot to be learned. And I would venture to say that it's not what is being discussed that matters, but what is not — and …

Letter: An open letter to U.S. Sen. John McCain

To the Editor:Dear Senator McCain: I write to ask you to do one more courageous thing for our country, something you can do more effectively than anyone else: Stand up and say unequivocally that the Republican Party must cease following the lead of …

Letter: MHS will continue to serve Northshire

To the Editor:At the beginning of World War ll, financial support for many service projects was withdrawn. The Manchester District Nursing Association had for many years served our community, but now there was an additional need for preventive care, …

Letter: BBA has long history of inclusion

To the Editor:I would like to comment to Bob Stannard's article titled "Stand up, or wish you had," concerning the movie about the MSJ basketball players by Duane Carlton. Sad stuff, indeed. I actually had the opportunity to sit down with Duane …

Letter: Right ideas, wrong word

To the Editor:Bob Stannard's recent opinion piece- "Stand Up, or Wish You Had" calls attention to current racial issues in Vermont and the need for residents to become more aware of, and active in addressing these problems. Unfortunately, at the …

Editorials
Policy restricts your right to know

The Vermont State Police have a difficult job, and we respect the work they do. But the state police public affairs officers should not be the sole arbiters of what information you should or should not have when it comes to crimes, motor vehicle …

Safe at home

A trained, qualified, properly equipped ambulance service is not a luxury. It's a necessity of modern life, particularly in rural hilltowns where emergency rooms are at least half an hour's drive away. So we are glad that the Manchester Rescue Squad …

The real victory: Learning from defeat

The Journal and our sister publication, the Bennington Banner, threw a gala for some deserving student-athletes and their coaches on Tuesday night in Bennington. To our relief and delight, a full house of family and friends crowded into Bennington …

Facing history, and ourselves

Essex artist and educator Judy Dow has urged Vermonters to confront the less savory aspects of our history in her quest to have Dorothy Canfield Fisher's name removed from the annual children's book award presented by the Vermont Department of …

The art of creating a new economy

This is shaping up as a blockbuster arts and culture summer for the Northshire. Please forgive us if we left anyone out, because it's a long list: Dorset Theatre Festival and Weston Playhouse Theater Company both have promising seasons lined up …

New beginnings

Across the Northshire this past week, high school students donned polyester robes and odd-looking hats and marched across a stage while family and friends took snapshots. Waiting for them across the stage was a principal or headmaster with a …

Columnists
Legislative Corner: Assessing the highs and lows of the 2017 session

With the Legislature's 2017 session finally complete, we asked the regular contributors to our Legislative Corner — Reps. Linda Joy Sullivan, Brian Keefe, Cynthia Browning and Oliver Olsen — to weigh in on a few questions about the …

All in the family

Sen. Bernie Sanders, et al, have made it quite clear they despise President Donald Trump and all that he stands for. Nevertheless, the Senator and his family have emulated the Trumps in so many ways that it has to be disheartening to his legion of …

Commentary: It's called public service for a reason

In 1789, our members of Congress received a whopping $0.50 per day salary. Six years later they doubled for Representatives to $1 per day. Senators got a huge increase to $7 per day. The following year everyone got $6per day. Nineteen years later …

CommentaryGovernor and Legislature agree on a tax increase ... next year

The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it's a good time to review the outcome to see who got what — and what lies ahead.In January Gov. Phil Scott strongly urged a budget with no tax rate increases. To their …

Don Keelan: It just keeps getting worse

I have written extensively about how embezzlement and nonprofit and municipal board negligence has caused the loss of millions of dollars - and based upon recent news reports, losses still continue.In a May 26, 2017, publication of VTDigger, it was …

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