Where is God in all of this?

Where is God in all of this?

By Rev. Mary Abele, All Souls Interfaith Gathering November, 2016. We are reeling from events at home and abroad, and we’ve just come through a very contentious election. It is natural to ask ‘where is God in all this’? God’s world is supposed to be peaceful, loving, and orderly. None of the above seems to… Read More »

Vermont Rail System’s curious response to a notice of zoning violation in Shelburne

Vermont Rail System’s curious response to a notice of zoning violation in Shelburne

Steven Antinozzi, known as Rocco to his Shelburne neighbors, came upon an obstacle course of sorts on his way to work Jan. 26. Vermont Rail System blocked access to travel and parking with cement blocks on Railroad Lane in Shelburne in response to a notice of zoning violation sent to them last week by Town… Read More »

Wild Rose Circle and town budget matters

The budget was the primary focus at the Dec. 22 meeting of the Selectboard. Two other significant matters were brought up during the period for citizen participation. Several residents of Wild Rose Circle were on hand to speak regarding the Development Review Board’s decision regarding Collette’s U-Haul business. The matter is currently under litigation, so… Read More »

Trapping season starts in October

  Vermonters are hearing a lot about wildlife conservation these days, but often traditional conservation ideology isn’t in the best interest of our wildlife in general. It’s no doubt that Vermonters care deeply about wildlife; however, if we want better protections for our wildlife, then we must become more engaged. Did you know that when… Read More »

Op-Ed: Universal Recycling, an Opportunity for Vermont

Op-Ed: Universal Recycling, an Opportunity for Vermont

by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources As I’ve been traveling around the State talking with Vermonters about the new Universal Recycling Law, I have met many impressive individuals on the front lines of implementation.  Trevor Mance, founder of TAM Waste Management, is one example.  Trevor got his start in the solid waste… Read More »

Op Ed: Making Progress in Montpelier

Op Ed: Making Progress in Montpelier

By Governor Peter Shumlin As we head into the second half of this year’s Legislation session, it’s a good time to evaluate the progress that has been made in the two months since the session began. In January, I laid out a number of priorities to keep Vermont moving forward that included cleaning up Lake… Read More »

Op-ed: Difficult Choices

Op-ed: Difficult Choices

by Governor Peter Shumlin Putting together a budget is never an easy task – everyone knows that from personal experience – and it is harder when finances are lean.  But we all do what we need to do to make ends meet. Perhaps we cut back on dinners out, cancel a family vacation or keep… Read More »

Op-Ed: Teaching mindfulness to our children

by Monisha Vasa, M.D. Can we actually teach our children how to be mindful? Or are we just trying to preserve the inherent consciousness that they already seem to have? In other words – is mindfulness truly taught, or is it just “unlearned” over time? I remember watching my children eat when they were four or five… Read More »

Op-Ed: 2014 Election a referendum on failed policies

Good public policy badly executed is not better than bad public policy executed well. The outcome is often the same for Vermont citizens—bad. And, of course, bad ideas executed badly are a special hell for Vermonters. We’ve just re-elected a government that has made bad ideas, bad management, and bad leadership seem ordinary. No whining… Read More »