Sen. Sanders: Expand community health centers to tackle primary health-care crisis

Sen. Sanders: Expand community health centers to tackle primary health-care crisis

By Sen. Bernard Sanders The Trump-Ryan-McConnell “health care” bill currently being pushed by Republicans in Washington is one of the worst pieces of legislation to ever pass the U.S. House of Representatives in the modern history of our country. This legislation would throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance, cut Medicaid by almost $800… Read More »

Secretary of State calls for Vt. Ombudsman

Secretary of State calls for Vt. Ombudsman

By Jim Condos I take my role in state government seriously and I am honored to have been elected by Vermonters to serve as Secretary of State. Since taking office in 2011, I have worked hard to improve how our government serves the public by increasing transparency, efficiency and productivity. I value government accountability and… Read More »

Scott plan undermines collective bargaining

By Richard Davis One of the core principles of politics is compromise. People with differing ideas come together to craft legislation. In order to get anything done they must find common ground. But the principle of common ground and political compromise has been taken out of the playbook in Washington and that same deadly move… Read More »

Where is God in all of this?

Where is God in all of this?

By Rev. Mary Abele, All Souls Interfaith Gathering November, 2016. We are reeling from events at home and abroad, and we’ve just come through a very contentious election. It is natural to ask ‘where is God in all this’? God’s world is supposed to be peaceful, loving, and orderly. None of the above seems to… Read More »

Moratorium is needed on school consolidation

By Alison Anand Since education has so much power over the future of our civilization, much care needs to be taken to design a system which encourages the public good. The philosophy of Vermont’s education system is expressed in the goals of Act 46. However, the governance structure is inconsistent with its goals. Reacting to… Read More »

Pricing carbon pollution is a positive program

By Kathryn Blume, Charlotte resident Customers of one of Vermont’s purveyors of fossil fuels might have recently received a message from their dealer asking them to oppose current efforts in the Statehouse to put a price on carbon pollution–otherwise known as a carbon pollution tax.  Despite the carbon pollution tax being supported by over 200… Read More »

Op-Ed: H.35 is a Vital Step Forward in Addressing Clean Water and Agriculture in Vermont

Op-Ed: H.35 is a Vital Step Forward in Addressing Clean Water and Agriculture in Vermont

by Chuck Ross, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets The clean water bill currently under consideration in the Vermont House of Representatives (House Bill 35) is a vital step forward for Vermont’s efforts to address the problem of polluted storm water runoff into our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.  This bill addresses the… Read More »

Op-Ed: Universal Recycling, an Opportunity for Vermont

Op-Ed: Universal Recycling, an Opportunity for Vermont

by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources As I’ve been traveling around the State talking with Vermonters about the new Universal Recycling Law, I have met many impressive individuals on the front lines of implementation.  Trevor Mance, founder of TAM Waste Management, is one example.  Trevor got his start in the solid waste… Read More »