Sunshine Week never needed more than now

It’s Sunshine Week, a national celebration of the citizens’ right to know about their government. In the past, we’ve groused about the hundreds of exemptions in Vermont’s public records law, mysterious firing of coaches, obvious conflicts of interest, and the fact that no one actually enforces state laws on open meetings and public records. That… Read More »

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Over 120 years ago, an eight-year-old girl named Virginia wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking if Santa Claus exists. Today, the editorial written in response is one of the most reprinted in the history on American journalism. We take this opportunity to share this iconic editorial with our readers here at… Read More »

Missing from state’s EB-5 debacle: an apology

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry” was the catchphrase from the syrupy 1970 movie “Love Story.” It struck a chord with the public, and the American Film Institute puts it at No. 13 on the top 100 list of all-time movie quotes. Now it’s the strategy for the Vermont state government as it… Read More »

We need to be able to debate respectfully

We’ve been critical of Gov. Phil Scott’s performance during this legislative session, but he was magnificent last week as he explained why he signed three gun bills into law. First, he explained why a foiled school shooting in Fair Haven shocked him and forced him to rethink his conviction that Vermont was immune to that… Read More »