Hunting hearts and minds

Writers love conflict, and so we often put religion and science in a small pen and make them fight, our readers standing around with fistfuls of dollars cheering one or the other on. Retrying the Scopes Monkey Trial over and over again gets boring, though. Especially when there are so many more interesting faith vs.… Read More »

A sweet legacy for Vermont’s King of Maple

January 1984. The King of Pop had the number one song and the King of Maple was just beginning his career at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Henry Marckres began inspecting products like apples, potatoes and strawberries, and let’s not forget eggs. To become a certified egg grader, the training meant candling 5,000 eggs per day for… Read More »

Collection for winter wear drive at A Little Something — Deidre Senior and Laura Hall

With cooler weather finally settling in after a balmy September, it’s time to pull out the fleece, winter coats, hats, mitts, and other winter garb. Winter is long enough – hard to imagine how awful it would be if you were cold because you didn’t have adequate clothing. A Little Something, located in the Shelburne… Read More »

Sen. Benning: A better way for contract resolutions

Sen. Benning: A better way for contract resolutions

In the 1980s then-state Sen. Jeb Spaulding introduced and pushed hard for an alternative contract resolution process to avoid the need for teacher strikes or school board contract imposition. Anyone who has personally witnessed what contract imposition and strikes do to communities, teachers, and families knows they are not momentary inconveniences. They bring long-lasting scars… Read More »

Stop these partisan games with voting system

Why are conservatives — even in Vermont — so intent on undermining so many Americans’ ability to vote by continually parroting false, nonexistent claims of voter fraud? Why, indeed. Right-wing individuals and groups, such as Vermont’s Ethan Allen Institute, continue to trot out fear-mongering tactics to cast suspicion on Vermont’s long record of conducting fair… Read More »

State must face up to failures in EB-5 scandal

Editorial Gov. Phil Scott should appoint a special prosecutor for the EB-5 fraud in the Northeast Kingdom involving Jay Peak and projects in Newport. Federal investigators and the court system are already going after the owners/developer at Jay Peak, but the Vermont Attorney General’s Office argues that the state government — which was complicit in… Read More »

If you can only remember one thing

If you can only remember one thing

News from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity by Jan Demers There is a certain way I begin with all new staff at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity where we work with people with low incomes. My first words go something like this: “I know that you will be laser-focused on learning… Read More »

Moore responds: Vermont is not wavering on clean water

Op-Ed by Julie Moore Despite the Scott administration’s commitment to restoring Vermont’s waterways and funding clean water initiatives, recent news stories have contained inaccurate information and given the false impression that we’re decelerating our efforts.  This is simply not the case. The Agency of Natural Resources and its partners engaged in this work –  other… Read More »