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 »

State seeks entrepreneurs to innovate to improve water quality

State seeks entrepreneurs to innovate to improve water quality

by Anson Tebbetts, Julie Moore and Mike Schirling Editor’s note: This piece is written by Anson Tebbetts, Vermont’s secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets, along with Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore and Secretary Mike Schirling of the Department of Commerce and Community Development. From Vermont’s inception, freedom and unity have spurred innovation. John Deere invented… Read More »

Op-Ed: Veteran suicide is a preventable tragedy

by Dr. Brett D. Rusch Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death. In the United States, over 42,000 people kill themselves every year and 18 percent of them are veterans. On average, 20 veterans a day die from suicide. We know that in 2014, Vermont lost 24 veterans to suicide, making the suicide rate for Vermont veterans more than three times higher than… Read More »

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 »