Editorials

Congress invited predatory for-profit colleges to bleed military veterans of education aid — and give them nothing in return — when it wrote a loophole into rules that govern how federal student aid streams are classified. It comes as welcome news that the loophole was closed as part of the …

Quickly mass-producing and widely distributing a vaccine that’s effective against a novel viral pandemic is a herculean task that, fortunately, the U.S. has largely accomplished. While we’ve overcome many of the practical hurdles, we still face an intangible obstacle that continues to trip u…

When the federal government started withholding income taxes from workers’ paychecks during World War II, the innovation was presented as a matter of fairness, a way to ensure that everyone paid. Irving Berlin wrote a song for the Treasury Department: “You see those bombers in the sky? Rocke…

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After over a year of remote learning, we hear Vermont students: they are struggling. They want in-person experiences. They want experienced mentors to teach them. They want career readiness. They are looking for connection and a safe place outside of their house and COVID bubble. A study don…

I remember taking a ride with my adoptive Dad up to Newport, Vermont one winter day. A friend of his had passed and his widow was selling her husband’s complete Ham radio set-up, including a sixty-foot tower. The man’s name was Noble Craft and he had a trucking company. His Ham radio hobby h…

For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling optimistic. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), passed by Congress and signed on March 11 by President Biden, brings much needed support to families hit hard economically by the pandemic. When it comes to direct hunger relief, the ARP boosts 3Sq…

For many decades there has been significant distrust of government. The 1960s and 70s, and the Vietnam War and Watergate turned the tide of public sentiment from which it has never regained its footing. There is no point in placing blame, said events are too far in the rearview mirror and th…

Letters to the Editor

Editor of the Reformer: When I was growing up -- long before Fox “News,” before the internet and its insidious conspiracy rabbit holes -- daily news broadcasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. were watched faithfully in most American homes. Trusted national network anchors reported the day’s main stori…

Editor of the Reformer: As we all know, the state pension problem has been festering for years now. Governors, legislators, state treasurers and Pension Investment Committee members have come and gone without a suitable resolution. Kicking the can down the road, mostly driven by politics and…

To the editor: The Republican legislatures of several states are in the process of passing, or, as with Georgia, have already passed laws restricting the ability of Black people, and other minorities, from voting in elections. This, in itself, is evil enough, to deny certain people the abili…

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To the editor: Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance, and it’s time for progressive states like Vermont to permanently safeguard a woman’s right to choose. This week the Vermont Legislature is voting on Prop 5, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment to the Vermont Constitution.

To the editor: I want to thank the Reformer for running a picture on April 2 of students from NewBrook Elementary School releasing brook trout into a stream in Newfane ("Letter: Reduce harvest of brook trout"). Great picture and great that you are showing teachers doing a good job teaching s…

To the editor: We mourn the victims of the mass murders in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women. This "bad day" ended the lives of eight individuals and permanently changed the lives of their families.

To the editor: Have you or someone you know experienced hearing loss? Did an audiologist recommend that you get hearing aids? Were you shocked to discover that hearing aids cost from $2,000 to $6,000? Were you surprised to find out that your health insurance plan, if you had one, didn’t cove…

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