Editorials

Wind noise should be overseen by state, not developer

Several years ago, a company based in Maine wanted to build a biomass/wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal at the former Green Mountain Race Track. What followed was more than a year of public hearings, permit applications, and …

What kind of government do we have?

After Thursday, we'll finally get see what kind of government we're really living under here in Vermont. One that understands and values compromise, or one that emulates Washington and favors partisan brinkmanship and division. Gov. Phil Scott …

Our Opinion: Take care of yourself, and others, when temps soar

Though the day-time temperatures have dropped considerably since Monday and Tuesday, it would behoove us, with more hot days on the way, to remember that intense heat can kill. We were reminded of this fact on Tuesday when the Brattleboro Police …
Letters
Letter: Vermont needs $15 minimum wage

Editor of the Reformer:Our nasty stupid racist draft-dodging President wants more money for more wars. He would defund all programs which do not benefit his family and friends. Too many ignorant voters who dream of winning the lottery support him. …

Letter: 10 best reasons for a veggie Independence Day

Editor of the Reformer:Here are the 10 best reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs at this year's Independence Day gatherings, rather than ground-up animal body parts:- Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food …

Letter: Stop getting your knickers in a twist

Editor of the Reformer:After Wednesday's (June 14) commentary by Fish, I cringed at the anger mode he seems to be stuck on. The article seems to be a bid for attention from a person that is disillusioned by our current system.I disliked Obama's mode …

Letters: Your thanks

Editor of the Reformer:The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center wishes to thank those who made this year's Jamboree fundraiser an amazing success! Thank you to the Moose Family Center for generously hosting the event, including Ed and Karen Thomas and …

Letter: Correction needed

Editor of the Reformer:Your recent mention of the Hyde Hill naming motion by the Bellows falls Trustees had incorrect information. The Reformer wrote "Resident Peter Bergstromm asked the Trustee Board for support for his petition to rename the hill …

Letter: Don't flip this coin

Editor of the Reformer: I read your article "State Sees `significant risk' in VY sale," (June 16) with interest. While everyone wants to see Vermont Yankee decommissioned sooner rather than later, the latest proposal from Entergy/NorthStar is …

Letter: Enough already

Editor of the Reformer:A recent letter to the editor is one of the reasons why my wife will never be a Democrat again or support their agenda. The real Americans in this country are getting tired of this same song and dance that only slams the …

Letter: No excuses

Editor of the Reformer:According to polls, Donald Trump's approval ratings run from the subpar upper 30 percent range to the lower 40 percent. How come - unless many who voted him into the presidency are now having second thoughts? And why now, …

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Columnists
Opening the Doors of Government: Vermont Needs an Ombudsman

I take my role in state government seriously. I am honored to have been elected by Vermonters to serve as Secretary of State. Since taking office in 2011, I have worked hard to improve how our government serves the public by increasing transparency, …

Commentary: River Resolutions for 2017

While it is traditional to make resolutions at the turn of the New Year, our Connecticut River Watershed could use a few well-meaning pledges and it could use them now during the field, construction, fishing, river recreation and farming season. In …

The View from Faraway Farm: A part of the local fabric

Sitting on the floor in a third-story brownstone apartment on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, my friend Andy is sharing his local newspaper. It was something like the East Bay Herald, published since 1826 in some obscure coastal town in Downeast …

Commentary: A remarkable gathering in support of a friend

Last weekend I attended a remarkable gathering. A friend of ours faces a painful and highly emotional surgery this week: a double mastectomy. To prepare herself for the surgery itself, the arduous recovery, and life without her breasts, she invited …

Homeyer: 5 things you MUST DO in the vegetable garden this weekend - or soon

Okay, nobody likes to be told what they have to do. Or when they have to do it, so I apologize for telling you what to do. And you don't really have to do these things immediately, but doing them soon will help you later on.It's time to thin root …

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