Op-Ed by Scudder Parker — Making the case for a fair, simple income-based school tax

Education of our young people is one of the most important obligations of our democracy. And a funding system that enables school district voters throughout the state to make thoughtful budget decisions is key to fulfilling that obligation in Vermont. After the Vermont Supreme Court’s Brigham decision in 1997, the Legislature made a structural school… Read More »

Op-Ed by Rachel Lee Cummings — Vermont is on the right track with health care reform

Don’t let the current hubbub and steady stream of misinformation from Washington distract you from reality. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, is working and will not be done in by the recent tax bill. Medicaid continues to expand, increasing the numbers insured. Tax credits will hold premiums steady for the majority of Americans. Young… Read More »

Op-Ed: Student bill supports suspended peers — by Peter Trombley

Bill H.834, or “An act relating to school suspensions” is currently up for action in the Vermont House of Representatives. This piece of legislation would require schools to provide lesson plans to all students during their suspensions. During the 2011-2012 school year (the latest year I could find reliable data), Vermont public schools suspended or… Read More »

Op-Ed — The power of nature works to clean waters

By Rose Paul In the outcry over bad water quality in Lake Carmi and the continuing drumbeat to improve water quality from the Connecticut River to Lake Champlain, there is one strategy often overlooked: smart investments in nature. Scientists know that wetlands and forests are naturally designed to filter sediment and pollutants such as excess… Read More »

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 »