Editorials

Mass. court instructs ICE to respect boundaries

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision Monday curtailing overreach by federal immigration officers was the obvious one for the justices to make. That doesn't make it any less important in ways that could extend beyond Massachusetts.The …

Open eyes and open hearts can prevent tragedies

We were horrified to learn about yet another pedestrian being struck by a vehicle while crossing a road in town, and when the pedestrian died from her injuries, we were griefstricken, both for the family of the person who died and the person who was …

Leave partisan game playing out of health care

We are tempted, today, to paraphrase the late Rodney King: can't they all just get along?"They" are, as ever, congressional Republicans and Democrats. As the experience of recent years has shown, hyper-partisan governance just doesn't work. Nowhere …
Letters
Letter: A merger may not be necessary

Editor of the Reformer:I am writing to share with Brattleboro residents some of my concerns about the school merger being proposed by the Study Committee which Brattleboro and the other Windham Southeast Supervisory Union towns (Guilford, Dummerston …

Letter: Impeach ... now

Editor of the Reformer:I'm writing in response to our chief in charge, Ding Dong Donald.Are you kidding me?! This guy is nothing but a racist and cheater. He is making more money for himself and the 2 percent of the rich. He and his family are …

Letter: Too much border, not enough wall

Editor of the Reformer:As a graduate of the Community College of Vermont, one of the topics we focused on was simple math. I have used that skill to explore President Trump's plan to build a border wall around the United States.While the mileage of …

Letter: Stop blaming, find solutions

Editor of the Reformer:Sigh. Another article about how poor people hurt downtown businesses ("Brattleboro Seeks Panhandling Solutions," July 16).This country has had this conversation before, only it didn't use to be about panhandlers. It used to be …

Letter: Men and women wanted

Editor of the Reformer:The Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Department hosts tennis for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m., at the tennis courts at Brattleboro Union High School.Men and women are invited to play and join a fun-filled …

Letter: Something we can be proud of

Editor of the Reformer:Brattleboro Select Board member Tim Wessel's letter about a petition to end the municipal use of heating oil published on July 11 made some fair points about the current Select Board's use of funds to replace the oil boiler in …

Letter: Support our newest citizens

Editor of the Reformer:This year has seen a shocking escalation of an anti-immigrant agenda. Families and communities are being ripped apart. Even people who have called our country home for years are living in fear.The United States was founded by …

Letter: Let the process work

Editor of the Reformer: After reading the details of Mike Faher's July 9 story, "Anti-nuclear group doubts clean-up plan," it is clear the New England Coalition, a long-time antagonist of nuclear power, is skeptical of NorthStar's ability to …

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Columnists
Phil Scott: A foundation for growth

On my first day in office, I issued an executive order defining the top goals of my Administration: Growing the economy, making Vermont more affordable, and protecting the most vulnerable. We are laser-focused on these priorities and they guide us …

Juicebox Confession: The magic of reappearing

"Where have you been?!?!" (Feel free to read that in the voice of Harry Potter's Molly Weasley. If you are unsure of who that is, put down this paper and head to my house for a free educational series: Potter Viewing 101, is this your first day on …

Commentary: A not-so-modest proposal

The current drug abuse/opioid overdose epidemic cannot be dealt with effectively by implementing solutions that have been proposed by politicians and policymakers. In this country, those types of plans usually fall short of any goal and do little to …

Commentary: Don't be your own worst enemy

How about this? Merry shut the heck up. Works for any season.Sure, there's no nice sentiment behind it; after all, we've become a nation of instantly violent, flash-point toxic 2-year-olds who want what they want when they want it. And that stems …

Commentary: A better gardener than parent

We should start by understanding that I'm not a bad parent or a great gardener. It is more that over time I've improved as a gardener, but am stuck with the kind of parent I was during the years my daughter was growing up and in my care. She is now …

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