Viewpoint: Embrace neighboring farms

BERNIE GUILLEMETTE Bernie Guillemette is a second generation farmer in Shelburne. My family has farmed our land here in Shelburne for more than 70 years. It’s part of our DNA. And our fields are part of the fabric of the landscape that is beyond beautiful. It’s no wonder it’s a lure for many when they… Read More »

Viewpoint: Shelburne’s trees need you to serve

Viewpoint: Shelburne’s trees need you to serve

HOPE JOHNSON Co-Vice Secretary Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee Over two years ago, I was minding my own business while perusing the fresh produce and craft stalls at the Shelburne Farmer’s Market, when a lovely blooming hydrangea shrub caught my eye. The Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee (STAC) was raffling off this beauty to raise money for… Read More »

It’s time to close the women’s prison

By BILL SCHUBART Editor’s note: This commentary is by Bill Schubart, a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio who lives in Hinesburg. This piece was first aired on VPR. As the Legislature and the Department of Corrections consider how to repatriate the Vermont prisoners housed in Mississippi, several legislators see the larger picture. We don’t… Read More »

Respect and protect our elders

By Vt. Attorney General T. J. DONOVAN Just as young parents rightly prioritize the health and well-being of our children, at mid-life we also begin thinking more about the health and well-being of our own parents. By 2030, Vermont will be one of the oldest states – if not the oldest state – in the… Read More »

Vermont’s wetlands deserve to be valued

By ROSE PAUL Wetlands are the unsung champions of the natural world – watery, squishy places that fundamentally support our daily lives. February 2 is World Wetlands Day, a time to celebrate these under-appreciated places in our landscape. Vermont is blessed with some of our region’s most important wetlands. The Otter Creek Swamps, the largest wetland complex… Read More »

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