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From the outset of hearing about Act 46 here in Putney there has been a sense I and many other townspeople I have spoken with have had of its inevitability, as a de facto change that has come down … more
Editor's Note: The following is excerpted from a speech Becca Balint gave at Brattlemasters last week on the occasion of the Toastmasters Club's 10th anniversary.By Becca BalintThis year I fell deeply … more
Is anyone looking at the big picture? Does anyone care about the big picture?The American "crisis du jour" is the opioid epidemic. Drug addiction problems have been plaguing this country for decades, … more
In order to change things, you must be the change you want to see. I know. That was a fortune-cookie opener, but bear with me for a minute.Whether we're talking about the current political climate or … more
Back in 1999 Robert Reich, President Clinton's very liberal ex-Secretary of Labor, penned an op ed piece that said "The era of big government may be over, but the era of regulation through litigation … more
Christmas is fast approaching once again. The constant barrage of hype, color, noise, ads, and pressure seen on the faces of so many parents to do it "Big" again this year, is telling.Unfortunately, … more
Sometimes life is just too short to wait for the total ground-up, frame-off restoration of a car or motorcycle that you'd rather be enjoying. I am of the opinion that frame-off total vehicle … more
The compassion demonstrated by our town for Stanley Lynde and Laura D'Angelo has been extraordinary. If anyone ever doubts that Brattleboro is indeed part of the Charter for Compassion and has … more
In several days, the vote on whether to form a unified union school district will be held in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Putney. If the vote fails, the electorate will not be considering … more
In the discussion on the approaching vote on school consolidation, I have yet to see any comment on the value of our local school boards themselves, other than the general reference to the positive … more
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