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 »

A mountain of trash grows at Vermont’s lone landfill

By BETH BARNES Measuring 124 feet and 11 stories high, Decker Towers in Burlington is the tallest building in the entire state of Vermont, according to Wikipedia. Measuring 5 feet 4 inches tall, I am the tallest person in my household, but — full disclosure — my household consists of me and two cats! The… Read More »

Hinesburg’s Lot 15 debate should spark bigger discussion:‘Vibrant small-town culture,’ unique identity is what brings families to town

By NATHAN FRY The Vermont Folklife Center this week launched its podcast, “VT Untapped,” combining archival material and content from the center’s ongoing ethnographic research to tell unique stories about Vermonters from all walks of life. The podcast is available for download on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, TuneIn, and VFC’s website. Listen to the first… Read More »

McClaughry: Climate change debatable

By JOHN MCCLAUGHRY Last month, the U.S. government’s Global Climate Research Program delivered a congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment report. “Grim” is too weak an adjective for the terrors that the report describes. Here’s an attempt to summarize the document: The earth is steadily getting hotter. “Human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the… Read More »

Sandra Levine: Picking up the pace on climate action

By SANDRA LEVINE Climate change is the biggest environmental and public health challenge of our generation. And fighting it just got tougher. Since 1990, climate-damaging emissions have increased 16 percent in Vermont. On top of that, the most recent report by more than 90 of the top climate scientists from 40 countries shows that the… Read More »

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