Editorials

US not ready to thwart election interference

The results of a special counsel's investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election will not be known for some time, but one fact is well established: The regime of Vladimir Putin tried …

Time to Green Up Vermont's public access laws

If you've ever had the feeling that obtaining information about your government is hard to come by in Vermont, you're not alone. There are more than 260 exemptions carved into the state's public …

The missiles of 2018

To appreciate the significance of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987 by the Soviet Union and United States, just gaze up at the Pioneer and Pershing II missiles on display …
Letters
Letter: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:I wanted to begin by saying Thank you Brattleboro!! The past 8 months or so, Brattleboro residents have donated literally hundreds of shoes, that are now being worn by children …

Letter: A pitch and a rant

Editor of the Reformer:In your Jan. 17 issue you published a moving commentary by Fish ("$60 is a drop in the bucket when it comes to insurance.")Before I go on a short rant, it's important to know …

Letter: We need more Norwegians

Editor of the Reformer:Trump's onto something with Norway, but it may not be what he thinks.Why Norway? It's not as bad as those other countries, he says. Norwegians are hard-working, God-fearing …

Letter: Make the Brattleboro station more inviting

Editor of the Reformer:Over the past nine years, Amtrak ridership has steadily increased nationally. Locally, over the past two years, the Vermonter increased 7.3 percent, and Brattleboro, the second …

Letter: Fight for Island Park

Editor of the Reformer:They are finally building the new bridge across the Connecticut River. From Brattleboro to Hinsdale. After all these years.Earlier plans called for a modest yet attractive …

Letter: Which nation are we talking about?

Editor of the Reformer:Recently Mr. Trump characterized Haiti and some African nations as ... well, you know ... whose people are not worthy of emigration to the United States. Yet again, another …

Letter: Don't trust the fox in the hen house

Editor of the Reformer:I have been following the coverage of the proposed plans for the clean up of the Vermont Yankee site in Vernon with great interest. As someone who is looking to move from the …

Letter: Reclaiming democracy through the living wage

Editor of the Reformer: Out-of-control money breeds power, which breeds money, which breeds more power. This increase in power and wealth for America's richest intensifies income inequality and …

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Columnists
Fish: Talking-point morons and lack of focus

I define talking-point morons as people who hear the same thing over and over again and repeat it like it's some sort of fact — people who have visceral reactions to one subject and basing your …

Greenberg: Fair taxes impose the greatest burdens on those who can afford them

So far, much of Vermont's debate about carbon taxes has focused on a general dislike of taxes, a desire to pay less, or on unachievable notions of "fairness." Here I hope to re-focus the discussion …

Notes from Montpelier: Making agricultural businesses more viable

The House Agriculture and Forestry Committee spent time this past week introducing and working on H.663, a Rural Enterprise Development Bill. We worked on a similar bill last year but decided to make …

Brenda Siegel: Vermont should say no to for-profit prisons

A "for profit" or "private" prison, as evident in the name is designed to make a profit. What are they profiting on? People. They are profiting on the buying and selling of human beings. They have …

Veteran scams are a disgrace, but they still happen

Generally, I am not a great football fan but for some reason the annual Army-Navy game catches my attention, not so much for the football but for the fact that the young players will be entering the …

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