Editorials
Our Opinion: When sports stars were people, not celebrities
Anyone can have a bad day at the office, but few will outdo Ralph Branca. His workday of woe happened at age 25, and it nagged at him for the rest of his life.Branca, a former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who died last week at age 90, was the victim, …
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Our Opinion: Austrian vote should be a lesson to Americans
Two European elections on Sunday produced a mixed result in the ongoing struggle between populist nationalists and Western political establishments. The populists claimed victory after Italy's prime minister was forced to resign after losing a …
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Our Opinion: Pearl Harbor has contemporary resonance
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were almost immediately compared to the attack on Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941. Both horrific days are retreating into history but neither is losing its contemporary resonance. Nor should they, ever. …
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Letters
Letter: Vote no on Vernon leaving school district

Vote no on Vernon leaving school district Editor of the Reformer: Even though they are not saying this, everything they are doing suggests that the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union and the Act 46 Committee want you to vote to …

Letter: We will endure

We will endure Editor of the Reformer: Having Donald Trump as our president is going to hurt. His poorly informed and benighted temper tantrums may well leave our nation economically, socially, and securely inferior to where it …

Letter: License plate collector

License plates Editor of the Reformer: I certainly enjoyed reading about Shirley Squires' huge collection of Christmas nativity scenes (Dec. 2). I have a collection of more than 400 photos of odd, unusual and …

Act 46 gets a big 'F'

Editor of the Reformer: I was struck by your banner headline in Wednesday's paper. Not only is the report card for Act 46 still not in, the grades are at best mixed rather than the "huge success" suggested by the headline. …

Vote to release Vernon

Editor of the Reformer: I have been following the discussion about Act 46. It will be interesting to see how the law will affect the educational system in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union. In the WSESU, Vernon school choice has been …

A Trojan Horse

Editor of the Reformer: While I am discouraged with how Act 46 has been implemented as a top-down, one size fits all approach from the State Board of Education, on down through the Agency of Education, the Vermont associations of …

Hampered by the law

Editor of the Reformer: I think the Board of Education Chairwoman who spoke in Dummerston last week may be rating Act 46 too optimistically. I was a member of the Act 46 Windham Northeast Supervisory Union Study Committee until I resigned …

Support Standing Rock

Editor of the Reformer: If you wish to support the actions of the Standing Rock Lakota Tribe in their fight to block the Dakota Access Pipeline passage through their tribal lands please consider the following actions. Energy Transfer …

Columnists
Don't be afraid: Pruning apple trees is easier than you think

By Henry Homeyer Traditionally, farmers pruned their apple trees in late winter, but there is no reason not to do so now. Trees are dormant, and we've finished weeding and raking, so most of us should have time to work on our trees. Pick a …

China and United States under President Trump

By Roy Morrison Donald Trump is clearly not constrained by carefully calibrated norms and practices that have governed U.S.- China policy. Was the telephone call with Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, a thoughtless gaffe, or carefully calculated? …

Richard Davis: Privatization of Medicare a losing proposition - especially for who depend on it

Washington Republicans have often talked about privatizing Medicare. The rich boys club considers Medicare just another welfare-type program that is taking money away from their rich friends. If they …

Reforming the Electoral College

By Scott AronowitzEditor's Note: This op-ed was updated on Dec. 7 to include new information.For the second time in 16 years, the presidential candidate who won the popular vote lost the Electoral College vote, and many are once again calling for …

Act 46 - The media is not telling the whole story

By Jody Normandeau There have been so many news articles recently, all, I believe, slanted by administration and top state officials. There are a lot of other views to this school merging issue but unfortunately citizens do not have the same …

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