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 »

Wilmot Irish: Deciding to stop driving

Wilmot Irish: Deciding to stop driving

By WILMOT IRISH The first time I drove a car I was with Dad in his ’34 Chevy. At 16, I could see over the steering wheel, but easing the clutch with the left foot while pressing the accelerator with the right was a coordination I did not yet have. As we jolted around our… Read More »

We need to change the face of our investment community

By JANICE ST. ONGE Female entrepreneurs receive less than 5 percent of all venture capital funding despite owning 38 percent of the businesses in the country. According to the National Venture Capital Association, 89 percent of venture capital investors are white men who have a bias toward familiar faces. This bias is not always a… Read More »

Catholic bishop addresses sexual abuse crisis

To the Editor: The recent decision to delay the vote at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops on several proposals to confront the clergy sexual abuse crisis, will not delay my commitment to transparency and accountability to the people of Vermont and the Catholic community that I serve. Those proposals in particular include bishops… Read More »