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One of the silver linings that came out of the pandemic was the clear need for high-speed internet along every “last mile” of the state.

Public servants aren’t servants. They are our friends, neighbors and co-workers who generously volunteer their free time to serve on boards and commissions, whose mission is to improve our schools, grow our businesses, design our village centers and much more.

Governors typically stay on topic at media briefings, adhering to pre-planned talking points and always trying to bring reporters’ questions back to the message-of-the-day. Going off-script can be risky; a “wrong” answer threatens to derail the administration’s carefully planned public message.

The state set a grim record in 2021: 210 Vermonters died from drug overdoses. Sixteen of them were our neighbors in Bennington County; 20 lived with us in Windham County. Our counties had among the highest overdose death rates in the state, well above the statewide figure.

Americans who followed the four-day confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson last week were treated to a rare display of brilliance, principle and unflappability that demonstrate her fitness, to say the very least, to sit on the nation’s high court. The next step …

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Joining the thousands of others protesting the SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v Wade, in Brattleboro and across the state and nation, the disappointment is still difficult to fathom. The energy was palpable out on Plaza Park last Friday. The betrayal felt by those gathered, reaffirmed for m…

Frankly I’m shocked that anyone was shocked at the official ruling by our Trump-appointed Supreme Court and the overturning of Roe v. Wade! I am truly surprised that you might have been surprised. After all, this information was leaked out weeks ago, so the fact that the tweets and headline …

Seventh grader Steven was so nervous about his end-of-semester “Presentation of Learning” that he almost didn’t come to school today. Getting up in front of all his middle school peers and his parents put his stomach in knots. Steven can’t imagine speaking in front of all these people. Aargh!

There have been some editorials in the Reformer of late debating the impact of words on racial justice, so I thought it would bear mentioning that we for the second time as a nation celebrated Juneteenth — a day when words changed lives. We as a nation now mark the day in 1865 that the words…

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Rights and Democracy got it right by endorsing Vermont Senator Becca Balint in the U.S. Congressional race. Conversely, the Vermont State Employees Association got it wrong in endorsing Molly Gray.

To the editor: I am writing to thank the 350-plus respondents to the Brooks Memorial Library strategic planning survey. The library board of trustees and staff are dedicated to learning what the community wants and needs so we can improve our services and be an asset to the community. I also…

To the editor: I first met Michelle Bos-Lun in 2018 when I was running my campaign to be a state representative for the Windham-4 District. Michelle and I found plenty of common ground when it came to issues surrounding racial justice, mental health services, refugees and immigration and hel…

To the editor: As a resident of Vermont and a student intern with the Vermont Public Health Association, it was distressing to learn that some Vermonters believe that because our state is small, our efforts to combat climate change are futile. If smaller communities use their size as an excu…

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To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Gerald Malloy for United States Senator from Vermont. Gerald graduated from West Point in 1984, served as an active duty field artillery officer and a paratrooper. He served our great nation honorably and with distinction for 22 years. He…

To the editor: I’m excited to support Nader Hashim because he will bring strong leadership, integrity and experience that we need in the Vermont Senate. When we served together in the House, Nader’s experience as a state trooper and his thoughtful approach quickly earned him the respect from…

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of two candidates for the new Windham-3 District — Rep. Michelle Bos-Lun and Rep. Leslie Goldman. Many folks in Rockingham and Brookline know Leslie because she has so ably served them in the Statehouse this biennium, but may not be as famil…

To the editor: Becca Balint will be a Congresswoman Vermonters are proud of. In the cacophony of political ambition for high office it is a rare event when a truly extraordinary person of skill and charisma emerges from the noise. To our good fortune, we have Senator Balint, the President Pr…

To the editor: Republicans and Democrats, and freedom people of all stripes, can be glad and appreciate that Monsieur Trump is being called out by those charged with that.

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