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 »

Burlington responds after wastewater spill into Lake Champlain

By Chapin Spencer Lake Champlain helps make our communities a special place to live. It has been our priority to steward Burlington’s natural assets for our residents, our neighbors and future generations. We have suffered recent unfortunate infrastructure challenges at our Main Wastewater Treatment Plant – including a recent discharge of approximately 2.9 million gallons… Read More »

The property tax is what’s wrong with school taxes

It was a messy finish to a messy legislative session, but Vermonters can take some comfort that no permanent damage was done to the state education funding system. It’s disappointing that the governor insisted on another year of pretend budgeting – using one-time revenue again to artificially lower property tax rates. But, hey, worse ideas… Read More »

Op-Ed: Commissioners: Vermonters must work together to prevent suicide — Mark Levine and Melissa Bailey

Several high-profile deaths by suicide, along with a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have put this public health issue in the spotlight once again. In Vermont, where suicide is now the eighth leading cause of death, we are working to put systems in place that help people before a crisis.… Read More »

Op-Ed: UVM nurses union takes its case to the community — The members of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals bargaining committee

The following is from the bargaining committee of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, the union elected to represent the more than 1,800 nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In a recent vote, 94 percent of nurses approved our bargaining committee calling for a strike if we feel it is necessary… Read More »