Reproductive Rights are Civil Rights

ELIZABETH DEUTSCH Elizabeth Deutsch, RN is the Director of NYS and New England Community Mobilization Housing Works and a resident of Hinesburg. As a mother and a nurse, I am able to say that every pregnancy is unique, and every person’s circumstance is different. We all deserve access to health care based on our medical… Read More »

Trust women know what’s best regarding their health care decisions

Rev. SUSAN COOKE KITTREDGE Cooke Kittredge, a resident of Shelburne, is the Associate Pastor at Charlotte Congregational Church. Op-ed is adapted from her commentary that ran on Vermont Public Radio April 4. People of faith are obliged to wrestle with thorny contemporary problems; it’s in our job description. The issues that affect people in this… Read More »

Viewpoint: Appreciate your neighboring farm

BERNIE GUILLEMTTE Bernie Guillemette is a second generation farmer in Shelburne. My family has farmed our land here in Shelburne for more than 70 years. It’s part of our DNA. And our fields are part of the fabric of the landscape that is beyond beautiful. It’s no wonder it’s a lure for many when they… Read More »

It’s time to close the women’s prison

By BILL SCHUBART Editor’s note: This commentary is by Bill Schubart, a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio who lives in Hinesburg. This piece was first aired on VPR. As the Legislature and the Department of Corrections consider how to repatriate the Vermont prisoners housed in Mississippi, several legislators see the larger picture. We don’t… Read More »

Respect, protect and support our elders

By Vt. Attorney General T. J. DONOVAN Just as young parents rightly prioritize the health and well-being of our children, at mid-life we also begin thinking more about the health and well-being of our own parents. By 2030, Vermont will be one of the oldest states – if not the oldest state – in the… Read More »

Vermont’s wetlands deserve to be valued

By ROSE PAUL Wetlands are the unsung champions of the natural world – watery, squishy places that fundamentally support our daily lives. February 2 is World Wetlands Day, a time to celebrate these under-appreciated places in our landscape. Vermont is blessed with some of our region’s most important wetlands. The Otter Creek Swamps, the largest wetland complex… Read More »

State college student: Education essential but unaffordable

By ADRIANA ELDRED My name is Adriana, and I’m a first-generation college student from a low-income household. Because of this I was not only encouraged to go to college, I was expected to. My parents had seen the struggles associated with not having a degree first hand. They taught me that through hard work and… Read More »

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