Editorials

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 …

Vermont has a problem with lawsuits

A lawsuit filed recently against the Vermont civil courts highlights a problem that's been going on for years, one that's led to civil court cases going unreported in the media for long periods of time, or not reported at all.Courthouse News …

Our Opinion: Cost of cutting public broadcasting greater than realized

The plight of public radio and television, as they struggle to fend off thoughtless tax-cutters in Washington, might seem trivial compared to the terror of poor and elderly Americans contemplating the gutting of the Affordable Care Act or the …
Letters
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 …

Letter: Stand strong for our American values

Editor of the Reformer:Most American's acknowledge that our internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a shameful act for which we are not proud. It is worth noting that we did not take this same action against German, Italian or …

Letter: Say no to Columbus Day

Editor of the Reformer:An open letter to Town Meeting Representatives — As former Gov. Peter Shumlin said, we should not celebrate Columbus Day, but instead celebrate Indigenous People's Day. Should we really celebrate a man who enslaved, …

Letter: Climate change skepticism from a leftist

Editor of the Reformer:The fear mongering around climate change needs to stop. Here are 10 reasons I have always been skeptical of climate change theory.— Humans like to believe we know it all and have the answers. The weather is massively …

Letter: Borderline defamation

Editor of the Reformer:Regarding a recent letter in defense of Sonnax, I realized that I needed to respond quickly to the position taken by the Department of Labor although I have not finished my research into the matter. I used to be past president …

Letter: Where do you stand?

Editor of the Reformer:It is time for Phil Scott to let us know where he stands. The president has announced plan to repeal Obamacare, which provides coverage for thousands of Vermonters. Vermont's Agency of Human Services announced that Trump's …

Letter: 'Cast your whole vote'

Editor of the Reformer:A recent letter writer suggested that taking one's money out of a local bank whose investment strategies ran counter to your values was unfair to the employees of that particular bank. I could not disagree more. I recently …

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Columnists
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 …

Another View: The Ryan budget will destroy the quality of life for all Americans

Many Republican voters, who voted for Trump will suffer under the Ryan budget. What is the moral center of such a large group of people, voters, citizens who affiliate themselves with the Republican party? Can we characterize the Republican/Trump …

Commentary: Alternative to merging vs. merger alternatives

Act 46 provides for an alternative to merging. It is called an Alternative Governance Structure. It is defined as: A Supervisory Union, with member districts; that provides for Pre-K-12 education for all its students; maximizes its operation …

Notes from Montpelier: Bill would regulate living conditions for pets

Crossover is upon us and bills of all sorts are coming to the Floor of the House. Several bills from Government Operations were reported and passed with little debate, as was the Transportation Bill. One bill that did require significant debate was …

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