Let’s move on from past education politics

By DANIEL M. FRENCH In the final weeks of the election cycle, supporters of the Vermont State College System and early education proponents made their pitch for additional funding in a challenging fiscal environment. Their ideas are constructive, their tone civil and they’re making a good faith effort to add to the policy conversation. My… Read More »

Demers: Explaining the purple ribbons

By JAN DEMERS She was rocking back and forth in the chair: an adult holding a teddy bear weeping as she rocked. I was working as the director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in upstate New York. “I’ve lost everything,” she said. And she had. She was alone with no income having left a… Read More »

We should be proud of our Vermont elections

By JIM CONDOS Election Day is fast approaching. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Vermonters will head to the ballot box to vote for the people who will represent them, from justice of the peace all the way up to governor and members of Congress. Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy in Vermont… Read More »

Holcombe: We need a new playbook

By REBECCA HOLCOMBE At the center of Gov. Phil Scott’s reelection campaign is his claim that because of his efforts, “Vermont has avoided about $71 million in forecasted property tax rate increases.” If we don’t understand why this claim is flawed, we are vulnerable to poor budgeting practices and ill-equipped to respond to demographic and… Read More »

Ramsey: Judge roles explained

To the Editor: I was one of two candidates who won the Democratic primary for assistant judge in August, each of us receiving about 20 percent of the vote. Technically, however, we lost to a blank space on the ballot that received 38 percent of the vote. I don’t believe that voter apathy or a… Read More »

Lippert is a well-respected, courageous leader

To the Editor: Please join Sharonlee and me in voting to re-elect Bill Lippert to represent Hinesburg in the state Legislature. In his 25-year tenure representing Hinesburg, Bill has led and supported many initiatives in the area of public well-being including: prevention of sexual and domestic violence, increased availability of mental health services, DUI enforcement,… Read More »

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