Editorials

Our Opinion: New painkiller prescription rules a good start

The opioid addiction epidemic spreading through Vermont and across the nation can seem overwhelming — a complex, multi-layered problem that is rife with disheartening, tragic stories of fatal overdose victims and family and friends left …

Number one in ticks, but probably not for long

With winter firmly in the rear-view mirror everyone can now look forward to warmer days and more time outside enjoying the song birds, the fresh air and the smell of wildflowers. But within those wildflowers and tall grass that look so inviting …

Our Opinion: Stand up and fight for your national monuments

National monuments might not seem like a local issue, but to quote a great American songwriter — "This land is your land, this land is my land."On Wednesday, the president signed off an executive order requiring the Secretary of the Interior …
Letters
Letter: Vote 'no' Wardsboro school ballot

Editor of the Reformer:Wardsboro's school can be closed without the residents of Wardsboro voting on this issue. As the current Articles of Agreement for the proposed merger with Dover are written, Vermont law allows the unified school board to …

Letter: NorthStar purchase is good for Windham County

Editor of the Reformer: I attended the April 6 Vermont Public Service Board hearing on the sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar. Everyone agreed on the desire to clean up and decommission the site of Vermont Yankee as quickly as possible. Although …

Letter: My hope for the Reformer

Editor of the Reformer:I have subscribed to the Reformer since 1982. The editors, Norm Runnion and Stephen Fay were excellent. In the years that followed, the paper was first-rate local.I have debated with myself for the past three years if I would …

Letter: Mothers are creators, not bombs

Editor of the Reformer:On behalf of all mothers everywhere, I wish to take issue the use of the phrase, "the mother of all bombs" when referring to the recent large hole blown into Afghanistan.A mother is a creator of life. A mother's role is to …

Letter: YMCA helps close the achievement gap

Editor of the Reformer:According to the Afterschool Alliance, the nation's leading voice for afterschool programs and organizations, "The academic achievement gap between students from lower- and higher-income families has grown by 40 percent in 30 …

Letter: Legalization is just common sense

Editor of the Reformer:A couple of weeks ago, I heard that New York State was going to offer free college tuition for children of middle class families. The maximum family income would be 125K and the students would have to pledge to work in NY …

Letter: Good news about Humane Society

Editor of the Reformer:I enjoyed reading the article of April 19th about the Humane Society's planned expansion. How wonderful that in addition to their good work caring for household pets, they are also providing for another species with a new …

Letter: Don't let the Trojan Horse enter your town

Editor of the Reformer:Act 46, also known as a Trojan Horse entering every community in Vermont, is still circling each town's square.We are no further along with answers to what Act 46 is all about than we were at Town Meeting Day — in fact, …

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Columnists
With significant savings on the table, we must act now

We have an opportunity to save up to $26 million a year — up to $100 million over five years, adjusting for inflation - in our education system, without program cuts or asking teachers to pay more for benefits. But the Legislature must act …

Braden: Finding sustainability in shared leadership

History books love to distill complex events and social movements down to a few names. George Washington. Frederick Douglass. Susan B. Anthony. Martin Luther King Jr. Those may be the people we're most familiar with, but all it takes is a deeper …

The View From Faraway Farm: Being a grandparent - it's all fun, right?

One of the things I really enjoy is watching my grandchildren develop their unique personalities and interests. Once I am aware of an interest or a personality trait, I feel that my job as a grandparent is to nurture that in any way I can. Some …

Balint: Taking ego out of it

To maintain my energy and focus during the legislative session, I bundle up and head out each morning into Hubbard Park, the lovely woodland behind the statehouse. On a run in the park last week with a small white labradoodle (mine) and a large …

Davis: Be prepared, by preparing and advanced directive

One of the best tools in health care is also one of the least understood. Advanced directives are documents that describe the kind of care you would like to receive if you are in a situation where the chance of recovery is slim and you cannot speak …

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