Sitting ducks: Are we powerless against gun violence?

By Kelly Hedglin Bowen As Marjory Stoneman Douglas High was terrorized, I attended my fourth-grader’s chorus concert. 150 students and parents tucked into the auditorium at the same moment 3,000 Parkland students sheltered in place or ran for their lives or were shot to death. I live in a rural community. It-will-never-happen-here, we force ourselves… Read More »

Update from the Vermont Senate

Update from the Vermont Senate

I’d like to briefly update readers on three important bills before the Senate. First, the Senate will be debating an increase to the minimum wage later this week. A Senate committee has recommended an increase of $4.50 over a six-year period. This is a more aggressive schedule than current law, which raises the wage by… Read More »

Op-Ed — Town manager announces pick for Shelburne’s next police chief

I am pleased to announce that Aaron Noble has accepted the job of police chief for the town of Shelburne. Aaron’s new professional adventure starts today, Feb. 1. Chief Noble has worked for Shelburne’s Police Department for more than 25 years. In 1995, he was promoted to corporal. In July, he assumed the role of… Read More »

Farmers, money, cows and water quality

By Sen. Christopher Pearson For years farmers have been punished by low milk prices. That hurts everyone because farmers are central to Vermont’s economy and our way of life. We need local food. We need our lands in production. In other words, we need farmers to earn a fair price for milk. It’s also essential… Read More »

Op-Ed — Legislature has opportunity to help Vermont workers next session

By Sen. Debbie Ingram Today, too many Vermonters work hard and still can’t adequately support their families. During this upcoming legislative session, state leaders have the opportunity to enact two measures that will improve the lives of working people, their families, and our communities. The first measure is to gradually raise the minimum wage from… Read More »