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Letter: Time to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

To the Editor:The invention of plastic has transformed the way people live. It has been incredibly beneficial in many ways, in part because it is waterproof and nearly indestructible. The problem is …

Letter: Veterans thankful for gift of music

To the Editor:Taconic Music of Manchester brought the Taconic Chamber Players to the Vermont Veterans' Home on May 16. The performers were Heather Braun-Bakken, violin, Joana Genova, violin, Ariel …

Letter: Congrats to Pinsonault for VFW honor

To the Editor:The Harned-Fowler Post Auxiliary 6471 attended the Veterans of Foreign Wars 72nd Convention at Jay Peak June 1-3. Congratulations to our Auxiliary Past President and current Trustee, …

Letter: Thanks for hosting Taconic Music

To the Editor,Taconic Music Artistic Directors Joana Genova and Ariel Rudiakov would like to express our deep gratitude to John DiBlasio and Julia Arvin of Prospect Rehabilitation for generously …

Editorials
Our opinion: Vermont's prison road trip needs to end

News comes from Montpelier that the state, dissatisfied with living conditions experienced by its out-of-state inmates in Pennsylvania, is looking to move those inmates somewhere else. Ideally, …

Newsprint tariff has real impact on press

Commodities tariffs, when imposed properly and judiciously, can be a potent weapon for enforcing trade policy and fairness. However, the slightest shift of breeze could turn it against its users, …

A losing bet for Vermont

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a federal law banning sports betting everywhere but Nevada opens the floodgates for states to make their own decisions about whether to allow …

State joins fight to protect air standards

Scott Pruitt, who as attorney general of Oklahoma, sued the Environmental Protection Agency 14 times and described himself as "a leading advocate against the EPA's 'activist agenda,'" is now its …

Good DACA decision, but 'Dreamers' still stuck

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an Obama-era attempt to resolve a vexing problem whose continuing existence creates heartache and uncertainty for those affected, as well as a sick …

A pointless, hurtful gesture

Rationality has been in short supply during any debate over gun issues, whether at the Statehouse in Montpelier or in communities of every size and demographic makeup throughout Vermont.But perhaps …

Columnists
Opinion: Time for action on child mistreatment

When U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, stopped by Manchester on Monday, the stated goal of his visit was a tour of the various ways federal funds have helped this community. He saw two of our town's …

Andrew Torre: When democracy and capitalism clash

Woven into the stars and stripes, along with democracy, is enthusiastic support for the "Free Market" system: capitalism, eulogized as "Free Enterprise." The founding fathers, doing their work in a …

Health insurance mandate a step backward for Vermont health care

"If a mandate was the solution, we could solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house," then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama quipped in a 2008 critique of his opponent Hillary …

Legislative Corner: On impasse, partisanship and public confidence

On an off day for the Legislature I decided to drive up to Montpelier to sit in on a public meeting the Governor arranged with his Finance and Management Commissioner and the state economist to …

Kirk J. Woodring: We can prevent further loss in the wake of high profile suicides

In the past week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their most recent data on suicide rates in the U.S. Sadly, this announcement was book-ended by the deaths of two …

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