New gun laws protect domestic violence victims

By KAREN TRONSGARD-SCOTT As summer fades into fall, our focus shifts. We turn from growing our gardens to harvesting them, and from beach time to school bus time. In the world of politics and policies, fall also brings new implementation of laws that were passed during last year’s legislative session. This year, this means good… Read More »

Barlow: Want to help business? Raise the minimum wage

By DANIEL BARLOW Want to hear something obvious? Raising the minimum wage increases the take-home pay for low-income workers without hurting job growth. That’s not just a sound bite from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. It’s now a proven economic fact. A study released this month from the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at UC… Read More »

John McClaughry: 16 questions for candidates

By JOHN MCCLAUGHRY Here are 16 incisive questions that citizens might want to pose to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature as Election Day 2018 approaches: 1. School Spending Control: Do you believe the state should take control of all K-12 public education, reorganize school districts, mandate higher pupil-to-staff ratios, and enforce rules… Read More »

Foxes could help combat Lyme

By LINDZEY BEAL Lyme disease has spread at an alarming rate in Vermont and continues to grow. Last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, Vermont was listed as No. 1 in the country for confirmed cases of Lyme disease and is designated as an “endemic state.” In addition, a study done by Dr.… Read More »

Christine Johnson: Vermont can turn the tide on opioids

By CHRISTINE JOHNSON When I tell people about the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance’s broad mission to reduce the impact of opioids on our communities, there is a predictable response: “Gosh, that sounds overwhelming.” It’s repeated often that Vermont and the country are in the grips of an opioid epidemic. And while that is indeed the… Read More »

Recent events reveal two faces of Vermont

By REP. MIKE YANTACHKA I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who gave me a vote in the recent primary election. I do not take your support for granted and I appreciate the confidence you place in me to do a good job representing you in Montpelier. This election contained many surprises… Read More »

Milne has questions for Sen. Leahy

By SCOTT MILNE Patrick Leahy occupies the U.S. Senate seat once held by George Aiken and, a century before Aiken, by Justin Morrill. Aiken and Morrill are two of the most and consequential and distinguished senators to ever serve our nation. Morrill was a key source of strength and influence in the U.S. Senate for… Read More »

Gov. Scott’s primary win proves support in Vt. for gun-safety measures

By CLAI LASHER-SOMMERS Gov. Scott’s victory in the recent Republican primary shows that the vast majority of Vermonters – including those in the Republican party – are supportive of his courageous actions to pass gun safety measures. The governor’s win sends a clear message and politicians and political pundits nationwide should pay attention: Republicans can… Read More »