Editorials

Our Opinion: A new facility for a world-class department

It's been a good week for the Brattleboro Police Department, with its transition from the Municipal Offices on Main Street to its new facility on Black Mountain Road running smoothly.Last Friday, the …

Bullying at the border hurts Vermont

Vermont is well-known around the world as a place that welcomes outsiders, as travelers or as new residents.It has to be. There's just 625,000 of us here, and it's not overstating the facts to say every visitor who pulls up to a roadside store for …

Agenda of New Hampshire's governor leaves some people scratching their heads

We suspected that New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu might have an agenda problem, or maybe a hidden agenda, when his first legislative initiative was right-to-work legislation. While right-to-work is a darling of the Koch brothers and kindred spirits, …
Letters
Letter: Let the land heal

Editor of the Reformer:Some environmentalists, in reference to the current practices of factory farming, over-fishing, and methods for energy extraction such as fracking, have called the western …

Letter: Vermont colleges stand united in defense of Dreamers

Editor of the Reformer:As Congress considers what action to take regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the 17 college and university presidents of the Association of Vermont …

Letter: An orangerific idea?

Editor of the Reformer:I write today to weigh in on Fish's recent columns. As an artist, I'm particularly dismayed at his continued obsession with Mr. Tangerine. Please, Mr. Fish, you are giving the …

Letter: Where is the editor?

Editor of the Reformer:At the end of Harmony Birch's article interviewing Nick Kiel, the son of Jack Kiel, who created the McGruff the Crime Dog character, she refers (three times), to the elder Mr. Kiel's association with "Dick Cabot." I assumed …

Letter: Brattleboro can lead Vermont's energy future

Editor of the Reformer:Maintaining and improving Brattleboro for the future means cooperation among many of us wearing many hats — as citizens, business owners, consumers, residents, elected officials, and simply human beings, we make choices …

Letter: Kudos to Balint

Editor of the Reformer:Just want to give a high five for Ms. Balint's excellent, thoughtful, and even helpful article, "Red Meat and Scapegoats," on Sept. 15. This was written with a calm understanding of the issues, and a perceived desire to …

Letter: 'Wanton killing' is unacceptable

Editor of the Reformer:UVM's Center for Rural Studies included the following question in their 2017 Vermonter Poll: "Vermont wildlife policies allow certain species, including coyotes, crows, porcupines, skunks and weasels to be killed without limit …

Letter: Could Medicare for all work?

Editor of the Reformer:In 2009, I was sitting on a small sailboat, T2 in Nassau Harbor, Bahamas, during a storm. I was listening to a radio show in which they were discussing national health insurance. It was explained how everyone would be covered …

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Columnists
Mudgett: Watch `em like a hawk

Usually, it's boys. Young boys are simply born to test the limits. Two grandsons that are 7 have simultaneously decided to do some boundary testing. One of them has taken up mocking. His mom will say …

Siegel: On Rosh Hashanah, a time to reflect on the past, the present and the future

On this Rosh Hashanah I can see my grandmother in the kitchen playing solitaire with my son as he grew up.I can see her drinking coffee or tea out of her season mugs, the mugs that now belong to me, …

'The first white president' is a 'bad dude'

I have a confession to make. I have not been as enamored of Ta-Nehisi Coates and his writing on race as some white people, particularly liberals, are. In fact, recently, I've discovered that I'm not …

Commentary: The Democratic Party is my family

I've been in politics a long time, and I've been a Democrat for almost as long. Although it's only my second term in the Vermont State Senate, I was elected president of Mrs. MacMurray's 1st grade …

Davis: A glimpse into the future

It seemed to be a simple encounter. A few hours later I realized that I had had a profound experience, at least that's the way it could be interpreted.Last Friday I was having lunch at Amy's Bakery on Main Street in Brattleboro. It is one of the …

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