Editorials

Merger will allow groups to continue offering services for local families

Losing a major contract with the state, which accounted for 25 percent of its operating budget, could have meant the end of the Windham Child Care Association and the early childhood services it offers local families.The Brattleboro-based …

There will never be a perfect pot bill

Friday, hoping to spur the House into some sort of action, the Senate voted to pass an amendment that would legalize marijuana and create a market for its regulation, sale and taxation. The House will likely do nothing of the sort, preferring to …

Local Humane Society needs help as it looks to expand

The core mission at the Windham County Humane Society is to take care of abused and neglected animals and to provide a variety of services to help prevent such abuse and neglect. An expansion plan approved this week by the Brattleboro Development …
Letters
Letter: Bears and ticks

Editor of the Reformer:As a forester/educator, there are two issues that are "dear" to my heart: Bears and ticks. In terms of bears, there isn't a workshop that I lead when someone doesn't ask "What should I do if I see a bear?" I answer, "If you …

Letter: Be thoughtful in your management of Timber Rattlesnakes

Editor of the Reformer:The following is an open letter to Louis Porter, the Commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Game Department.I represent The Timber Rattlesnake Conservation Council, a group of about two dozen field ecologists, herpetologists, …

Letter: Don't erase history

Editor of the Reformer:Last Tuesday at the Brattleboro Select Board meeting, Indigenous Day was voted to replace Columbus Day.I was the only person to speak against this erasure of history. I have both a phobias of meetings and of public speaking …

Letter: Not enough respect

Editor of the Reformer:As it should be, there is an overriding concern for safety issues as the marijuana legalization snail bill creeps through the byzantine loops of the Legislature, so much so, that the safety issues are secure, but the …

Letter: We couldn't do it without volunteers

Editor of the Reformer:Brooks Memorial Library and the community are a better place because of our volunteers. National Volunteer week is April 23 through 29. National Volunteer week was established in1974 by President Nixon. Each year, the current …

Letters: Your thanks

Editor of the Reformer:As we enter April and approach Spring we sincerely thank our blood donors for taking the time to come and give the "Gift of Life." This past year (2016) we had a total of 840 pints of blood donated.Since disasters happen with …

Letter: Woman, not 'girl'

Editor of the Reformer:Great article about Madison Cota in Tuesday's paper. Good for her.But why did the Reformer have to call her a "girl" in the headline? Come on Reformer, you are better than that. In 2017, no less! Madison is clearly a woman, …

Letter: Doing battle with the left, on a limited budget

Editor of the Reformer: Gerald Hiam's letter of April 13 points out, correctly, that Paul Krugman has a different view from mine about Bernie Sanders' charge of "grotesque inequality," in which Sanders points to the Walton (WalMart) family as a …

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Columnists
Fish: Indeed, these are strange days

I always felt as though we were advancing the culture in a direction where everybody would truly be treated as equals. You know? Maybe you've heard it before: One Nation, indivisible, liberty and justice for all. Sound familiar? Have you ever said …

Ethan Allen Institute: Four new bills to levy a carbon tax

Not so long ago — 2015 — the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.Their argument was …

Commentary: This rough road has lifted me up

I am a father that goes to the Dedicated Dads group at Early Education Services in Brattleboro, the local Parent Child Center in Windham County.When I first learned about Dedicated Dads, I was homeless and living out of my car. My son lived with his …

Notes from Montpelier: 'Chicken Bill' offers economic opportunities for farmers

As we move into the last two weeks of the 2017 Legislative Session, the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee (HAFC) is working on, among other things, S.9, an act relating to poultry processing, or what we fondly call the "Chicken Bill," though …

France's Democracy Test: Sunday's vote in France could be as pivotal as the Brexit and Trump wins

It has been called the most important European election of the decade.As the first electoral round approaches in France after a breathtaking campaign, the rest of the continent braces itself to see who will be the opponent of far-right leader and …

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