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 »

Milne has questions for Sen. Leahy

By SCOTT MILNE Patrick Leahy occupies the U.S. Senate seat once held by George Aiken and, a century before Aiken, by Justin Morrill. Aiken and Morrill are two of the most and consequential and distinguished senators to ever serve our nation. Morrill was a key source of strength and influence in the U.S. Senate for… Read More »

Gov. Scott’s primary win proves support in Vt. for gun-safety measures

By CLAI LASHER-SOMMERS Gov. Scott’s victory in the recent Republican primary shows that the vast majority of Vermonters – including those in the Republican party – are supportive of his courageous actions to pass gun safety measures. The governor’s win sends a clear message and politicians and political pundits nationwide should pay attention: Republicans can… Read More »

Gov. Phil Scott: Let the campaign set a good example

By GOV. PHIL SCOTT Editor’s note: The following is a statement Gov. Phil Scott released following last week’s primary election referring to the general election campaign with Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist, who is Vermont’s first transgender candidate for governor. I would like to thank everyone for their support and their vote in the primary election.… Read More »

David Moats: All speech is not created equal

By DAVID MOATS Long before author Charles Murray caused an uproar at Middlebury College, Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave and abolitionist leader, came to Middlebury and faced a similar reception. Murray, whose books have been denounced as racist, brought national attention to Middlebury last year when students shouted him down and refused to let him speak,… Read More »

Local officials: CLF suit unfairly targets wastewater treatment

By CHAD L. WHITEHEAD Editor’s note: This commentary was signed by Chad L. Whitehead, town manager, St. Johnsbury; James Sherrard, stormwater coordinator, Williston; Harry J. Shepard, public works director/town engineer, Stowe; William Fraser, city manager, Montpelier; Dominic Cloud, city manager, St. Albans City; Chip Sawyer, director of planning & development, St. Albans City; James Jutras,… Read More »

Moats: By embracing Putin, Trump spurns the past

By DAVID MOATS President Donald Trump’s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit may have yielded the usual hash of pro-Russian, anti-American statements we are accustomed to hearing from Trump. But it did more than that. It also made clear the extent to which the Trump presidency represents a repudiation of 80… Read More »

Sen. Leahy: Judge Kavanaugh’s record demands scrutiny

Sen. Leahy: Judge Kavanaugh’s record demands scrutiny

By Sen. Patrick Leahy With President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, the obligation now falls to the Senate Judiciary Committee to carefully consider this nomination. By any measure, it is a daunting responsibility. I have served in the Senate for 44 years, a span that… Read More »

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