Examining the governor’s budget

By REP. MIKE YANTACHKA Democracy can be messy.  With three co-equal branches of government, no one branch can dictate policy unilaterally. Divided government requires a lot of negotiation and compromise under the best of circumstances. Our current national government is divided based on deep ideological differences, however, and this has resulted in a literal breakdown… 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 »

Get help filing your taxes

By JAN DEMERS An IRS-certified intern from the University of Vermont who works with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program said, “As a local anti-poverty agency, CVOEO (the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity) acts as an incredible resource for Vermonters with low income. Having the ability to work with members of the local… 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 »