Vermont milk passes test before going to market

By ANSON TEBBETTS From time to time, folks will ask our agency, “How safe is the milk we buy in our stores?” The simple answer is, “Very safe.” Let’s dig a little deeper. Caring for cows and all farm animals in Vermont is a top priority. It starts with our dairy farmers monitoring the health of… Read More »

French: Let’s move 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 »

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 »

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 »

New gun laws protect domestic violence victims

By KAREN TRONSGARD-SCOTT As summer fades into fall, our focus shifts. We turn from growing our gardens to harvesting them, and from beach time to school bus time. In the world of politics and policies, fall also brings new implementation of laws that were passed during last year’s legislative session. This year, this means good… Read More »

Want a way to help business? Raise the minimum wage

By DAN BARLOW Want to hear something obvious? Raising the minimum wage increases the take-home pay for low-income workers without hurting job growth. That’s not just a sound bite from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. It’s now a proven economic fact. A study released this month from the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at UC… Read More »

John McClaughry: 16 questions for candidates

By JOHN MCCLAUGHRY Here are 16 incisive questions that citizens might want to pose to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature as Election Day 2018 approaches: 1. School Spending Control: Do you believe the state should take control of all K-12 public education, reorganize school districts, mandate higher pupil-to-staff ratios, and enforce rules… Read More »

Christine Johnson: Vermont can turn the tide on opioids

By CHRISTINE JOHNSON When I tell people about the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance’s broad mission to reduce the impact of opioids on our communities, there is a predictable response: “Gosh, that sounds overwhelming.” It’s repeated often that Vermont and the country are in the grips of an opioid epidemic. And while that is indeed the… Read More »

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