Editorials

Last week’s walkout at the University of Vermont should send three clear messages: Rape culture won’t be tolerated; individuals who commit sex assaults need to be held accountable; and institutions need to do everything they can to keep such atrocities from happening — at any cost.

Our deepest sympathies go out to all of those who are still reeling from last weekend’s tragic death of a Rockingham teenager in a suspected drunken-driving incident in Putney. The teenager who was driving could face multiple charges in the crash.

Last Thursday was Earth Day, but if you ask many advocates for the environment and climate action, we just closed out Earth Week. This expansive approach to raising awareness about human-caused climate change and how to mitigate it is certainly appropriate, given the stakes.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, has proposed banning police from buying access to user data from data brokers, including ones that “illegitimately obtained” their records.

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I bought a used Craftsman lawn tractor about 6 years ago. The thing I remember most about the day I bought it was smacking my head against my enclosed trailer as I loaded it in. Ouch! That was east of Henniker, N.H. and fortunately, I didn’t even suffer a headache from the mishap. When we go…

It’s an established fact that married men live longer than single ones. Seventeen years longer, according to Health Research Funding. Given I’m over 70 now, that puts me in the extra-years zone, which must be blamed on my wife. When I accused her, she simply replied, “You’re welcome.”

The speed with which a rebellious colony can be brought to heel is now clear for the world to see, but watching it makes a depressing sight when the place is one where you’ve lived a large chunk of your life and those being crushed include persons whom you respect and even love.

You’ve probably heard a lot about the personal actions we can all take to help mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. Bike to work more. Stop eating meat. Turn off your lights. Sound familiar? I may be jaded, but in my experience, individual actions alone, however gratifying, will be in…

On Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, Turning Point of Windham County will host “A Beautiful Journey,” an annual storytelling event to showcase the journeys of people who’ve lived with substance-use disorder and how they relate to the healing and transformati…

If you’ve ever visited the Vermont State House during a legislative session, you know how it hums with activity. Legislators sit tucked away in small committee rooms discussing issues of importance to Vermonters, school groups listen to tour guides as they point to the history encompassed in…

As we near the end of the session, I have been thinking how to give you a flavor of what it’s like to be a legislator. Prior to being a member of the legislature, I had never been aware of the process of bills being “reported.” The reporter of the bill has a crucial role and is responsible f…

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labors, the gen…

To the editor: President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken did the right thing by putting American interests first and extending the waiver of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act despite the pressure from the Armenian lobby. It is important to continue assisting Azerbaijan, one of the …

To the editor: Liz Cheney is the only Republican in power who dares to call out Donald Trump's lies. Look what her fellow Republican representatives are doing to her in return; yesterday they removed her from her leadership position in the House. The Republicans seem to believe that they can…

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To the editor: I read the recent article about trapping and neutering feral cats with interest ("Colony of cats trapped, neutered and released," May 5). I applaud the humane society for doing this up to the point where they took the cats back to release them in their former colony.

To the editor: Kudos to Game Warden David Taddei for his thoughtful and humane approach the now-famous Bellows Falls bear ("In Bellows Falls, a game warden tries to save a bear's life -- through education," May 7). Educating residents is time consuming but pays dividends now and in the futur…

To the editor: As we celebrate Nurses Week 2021, which runs from May 6 through May 12, it's a good time to reflect on how nurses are feeling the effect of the pandemic. A recent American Nurses Association survey revealed over half of nurses surveyed felt exhausted, and 43 percent were overw…

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