Editorial: Like a death in the family

Newsrooms around America have been rattled by last week’s murders of five people at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. A man who’s been upset with the newspaper since 2011 used a shotgun to blast through a glass wall and kill four journalists and an advertising assistant. The report is jarring because every newspaper that… Read More »

We need to be able to debate respectfully

We’ve been critical of Gov. Phil Scott’s performance during this legislative session, but he was magnificent last week as he explained why he signed three gun bills into law. First, he explained why a foiled school shooting in Fair Haven shocked him and forced him to rethink his conviction that Vermont was immune to that… Read More »

Education Secretary Holcombe quits. Who will follow?

Changing horses in midstream is risky business, but that’s what’s happening at the Vermont Agency of Education. For reasons that have not been disclosed, Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe abruptly resigned, giving just a one-week notice nine weeks before she was scheduled to issue orders for statewide school district consolidations. Her resignation has baffled school officials… Read More »

Thoughts and prayers? No. Do something.

EDITORIAL A pox on the politicians who have allowed American schools to become charnel houses, on the lobbyists who have turned the Second Amendment into a perverted religion, on the leaders who offer “thoughts and prayers” and do absolutely nothing to prevent the next school shooting. In 2012, when 20 children ages 6 and 7,… Read More »

Students: Send us your letters

A week ago, our country once again watched a horrific tragedy play out in a school — students murdered in a place they expect to be safe. In the days since the deaths of 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Fla., teenagers who dodged bullets have taken center stage in the public debate about guns.… Read More »

Stop these partisan games with voting system

EDITORIAL 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… Read More »