Editorials

A victory for Vermont and the nation

The American Health Care Act — President Donald J. Trump's and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's rapidly advanced bid to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, best known as "Obamacare" — has been pronounced dead.According to the New …

Our Opinion: Town Meeting Reps should sink Columbus Day

Today, March 25, Brattleboro will hold its annual Representative Town Meeting. While the reps will have some meaty issues to weigh and decide on, they will also be discussing whether the town should rename Columbus Day — which falls this year …

There's still hope for legalizing marijuana

It was a bit of a buzz kill when Vermont's House Judiciary Committee missed a key deadline last week on a bill that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.Fortunately, H.170 was granted an extension, approved by the committee …
Letters
Letter: Game wardens need your support

Editor of the Reformer:This letter is addressed to all residents of our state, and in particular to those who hunt, fish, and otherwise enjoy Vermont's outdoors. This is an issue concerning discrimination against game wardens.The Vermont Fish and …

Letter: Hate does grow here

Editor of the Reformer:I would like to offer some fact-checking and editing assistance to the folks who created the "Hate does not grow well in the rocky soil of Vermont" banner displayed at the recent WeCAN event in Brattleboro and, I believe, …

Letters: Your thanks

Editor of the Reformer:The Gathering Place wishes to give a huge THANK YOU to Betsey's Dots of Dover located at 2 Mountain Park Plaza in West Dover for hosting the Senior Awareness Luncheon on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. This event helped to raise …

Letter: Support H.422

Editor of the Reformer:I am writing in support of H.422, currently heading to a vote on the Vermont House floor, particularly urging my representatives, Carolyn Partridge and Matthew Trieber to vote in its favor.This bill gives law enforcement …

Letter: Support social justice

Editor of the Reformer:Lost River Racial Justice, an affiliate of the national group, Showing Up for Racial Justice, came out in support this week of new racial justice reform bills H.492 and S.116. LRRJ is a local racial justice community …

Letter: The better budget battle

Editor of the Reformer:Vermont Democrats are working hard to keep the chaos in Washington, D.C., from seeping into the Vermont political landscape.The unbalanced budget the Governor has tried to foist on Vermonters, that would also raise property …

Letter: Impeach Donald Trump

Editor of the Reformer:Mr. Trumps' presidency is already an embarrassment and a disaster. He has clearly violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prevents conflicts of interest. No doubt there are other allegations against him, but …

Letter: Moving away from fossil fuels

Editor of the Reformer: As a New England native, I applaud your March 14 editorial ("More proof the world is changing due to greenhouse gases"). This insightful analysis from The Bratttelboro Reformer shows that the March blizzard demonstrates how …

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Columnists
Notes from Montpelier: Bill improves working conditions for pregnant women

This crossover week was marked by many hours spent of the Floor of the House. Again, a wide variety of bills came before us as we worked our way through the daily calendars. A couple of the bills required significant debate. One of those was a bill …

Education Matters: I've seen it before

The ice is cold, but the players don't seem to mind. They are racing down the rink, chasing the puck as they whack it back and forth with wild enthusiasm. It's a double header tonight, girls hockey followed by boys. From the packed parking lot, it …

Braden: Put away your anger and practice joyful resistance

The rise in activism we've seen since the election has the potential to be a truly transformative force in our society — but only if we can all keep it up. Our challenge as individuals and as a community is to find a way to make it …

Another View: Overcharging older Americans will not fix healthcare system

By Greg MarchildonIf you were to ask a typical Vermont resident how to fix health care in America, you can be sure [he/she] would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage.Yet Congress is now …

Commentary: Still not enough

Most of us don't give much thought to finding and using a bathroom when we need it. But imagine how different your life would be if you had to plan every bathroom trip in advance and were never sure if you were going to get there in time.Since my …

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