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 »

Op ed: Making Progress in Montpelier

Op ed: Making Progress in Montpelier

By Governor Peter Shumlin As we head into the second half of this year’s Legislation session, it’s a good time to evaluate the progress that has been made in the two months since the session began. In January, I laid out a number of priorities to keep Vermont moving forward that included cleaning up Lake… Read More »

Difficult Choices

Difficult Choices

by Governor Peter Shumlin Putting together a budget is never an easy task – everyone knows that from personal experience – and it is harder when finances are lean.  But we all do what we need to do to make ends meet. Perhaps we cut back on dinners out, cancel a family vacation or keep… Read More »

Partnership is key to ongoing effort to mitigate agricultural impacts on Lake Champlain

By Chuck Ross, Secretary Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets With the recent series of meetings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) there has been much discussion about the agricultural water quality efforts ongoing in the State. As the Secretary of Agriculture, I am responsible for… Read More »