Editorials

Student protest was in the grand American tradition

On Friday morning, before the start of classes, about 100 students and a handful of their teachers at Brattleboro Union High School held a protest against he appointment of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of the Department of Education."Betsy DeVos is …

Saying good riddance to the old bridge

It's been four long years, but at last we can finally see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel — or in this case, the bridge. We're referring, of course, to the new I-91 bridge in Brattleboro. According to a schedule submitted to …

Our Opinion: Effortless grace, soaring through the air

It's that time of the year again when cow bells ring out on Cedar Street, competitors from around the world hurtle down the Harris Hill Ski Jump and people "ooh" and "ah" in delight as the jumpers soar through the air.For nearly 100 years, people …
Letters
Letter: Providing an education for all students

Editor of the Reformer:As a result of the current immigration proposals coming out of Washington, D.C., I want to reaffirm our mission in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union.The WSESU District mission is too provide a safe, inclusive and …

Letter: We are paying attention

Editor of the Reformer:To the GOP House and Senate: For weeks we have been witness to the arrogance, the lies, and the desire for absolute power that is motivating the new president and his close allies. We've read childish tantrums tweeted by the …

Letter: A heartbreaking story

Editor of the Reformer:Nathan Carman's story is heartbreaking. I wish I could somehow convey our sympathies to Mr. Carman. We have experience dealing with Asbergers and find it ludicrous and sad that this young man could even be considered a monster …

Letter: Don't move town meeting day

Editor of the Reformer:Your Feb. 11 editorial, "Why Not Hold Town Meetings in May?" echoes the Governor's ill-considered call for local school boards to scrap months of budget work, in preparation for March Town Meeting deadlines, and move the …

Letter: The Heat Squad does good things

Editor of the Reformer:This letter is intended to give your readers a heads-up about the good works of the Heat Squad, a non-profit organization that provides low cost energy audits and weatherization counseling in central and southern Vermont. The …

Letter: Respect the will of Vernon

Editor of the Reformer:On Tuesday, February 21, the voters of Dummerston will have the opportunity to vote whether or not to release the town of Vernon from BUHS #6. A "yes" vote would indicate that the voters of Dummerston agree that Vernon can …

Letter: Trust the people

Editor of the Reformer: At the founding of our democracy, Alexander Hamilton was leery of mass enfranchisement. He didn't think enough people were sufficiently intelligent or informed to make the right choices affecting their governance. He …

Letter: Support and celebrate the sale

Editor of the Reformer:There are plenty of prolific letter writers and speakers who have never publicly said a good word about nuclear power or Vermont Yankee. Now they are condemning a great opportunity for Vermont and a company that can safely …

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Columnists
Environmental education - a pressing need and legal obligation

The global biosphere — the life-support system for both humans and all other living things — is being ever more seriously abused. The several major renewable natural resources upon which we all depend for our well-being and very survival …

Another View: Opening doors, opening hearts and opening minds

In 2009, my husband, Tim Butterworth, and I got a call from a neighbor who worked at Marlboro College. Would we consider having one of their Fulbright teachers for a homestay week over the upcoming holiday break? We eagerly said, "Yes!" having …

A college in common

In the mid-1970s I worked as a technician at the Dartmouth Medical School. It was an interesting job that also allowed me to take courses at Dartmouth College. It was strangely ironic that at the time I had no idea about any Dartmouth connection …

Juicebox Confession: Raising super children

My daughter grimaced and shook her head. "I am BatMAN," she said with all the seriousness a 3-year-old could muster.The well-intentioned older lady smiled politely and said, "Oh, princess, but you are a GIRL!" before giving me a look that I couldn't …

Keeping the vote sacred

Democrats and Progressives in the Vermont Legislature are about to override a local election that was conducted correctly and lawfully by experienced town clerks and certified by a Vermont court. They are using the Legislature's constitutional …

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