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In the early days of the environmental movement Vermont passed Act 250, a land use and development law aimed at preventing uncontrolled growth that would ruin the beautiful vistas for which the state is so famous. It assures that larger developments compliment Vermont’s unique landscape, eco…

When we posted online on Tuesday that Susan Johnson, Bellows Falls Middle School principal, was placed on paid leave without any explanation from the district, our community was up in arms on social media.

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The sky didn’t fall. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse didn’t show. Armageddon? Not yet! I am relieved for now. Liz Cheney was quoted as saying the mid-term elections were a clear vote for “Team Normal.” Once again, the polls were very wrong. Even Fox News seemed perplexed by the “Red Ripp…

Well, Thanksgiving is in the books. Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa are next up and then New Year’s, the day we can hit the imaginary reset button and make the next 365 days better than the last 365 days. 2019 served as our last year of full holiday traditions, I guess. What I mean to say i…

Imagine being a college student who’s trying to get ahead but faces obstacles at every turn. Maybe it was a late phone bill, an unexpected closure of a child care center, or a failed vehicle inspection that prompted skipping class because there weren’t enough dollars for essentials. Would yo…

Listening to the presentation to the Climate Council on the cost savings they are claiming will be associated with the Climate Action Plan, I was reminded of the classic scene from Caddyshack where Bill Murray’s character tells the story of his compensation for a round with Dalai Lama: “Oh, …

At 4 a.m. the day before every election, my team and I set out on a 14 County Tour, visiting all of Vermont’s 14 counties in one day. This 500-plus mile tour has a way of putting things into perspective. It reinforces how beautiful our state is and how much it has to offer. And it reminds us…

As autumn winds down and our Green Mountain fields and forests prepare to rest, we give thanks for the bounty of the seasons. In the coming weeks, Vermont food will be at the center of the table as many of us celebrate with family and friends. Maybe the meal will begin with an appetizer plat…

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sources within the Vermont State Employees Credit Union reveal that the merger with New England Federal Credit Union won only by around 300 votes ("VSECU members approve merger with NEFCU," Nov. 10). This is probably why, unlike other voting outcome practices, where the actual…

To the editor: On behalf of the Putney Big Tree Quest planning committee, we extend a huge thank you to all who made the Quest possible: the community members who enthusiastically submitted 106 Big Tree entries, Julia Von Ranson and the Putney Public Library for being home base, Amber Paris …

To the editor: I recently became reacquainted with the word polycrisis. The Cascade Institute has listed a number of crises that need fixing: climate heating, biodiversity loss, pandemics, widening economic inequalities, financial system instability, ideologic extremism, pernicious social im…

To the editor: December 7 spells the end of the yearly period to sign up or change Medicare plans all over the U.S.A. As someone who has been receiving traditional Medicare services for over 20 years, I do not plan on changing my plan to a Medicare Advantage plan, no matter how much less exp…

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To the editor: In response to the Wednesday, Nov. 16, front-page article on the Guilford public records complaint, I just want to thank our Guilford Select Board for their dedicated service in the face of repeated aggressive challenges from a group within our community. While I am sorry this…

To the editor: I want to echo the sentiment of the editorial "Our View: Act 250 update is long overdue" that the commission needs to listen and consider the wants of the community.

To the editor: I would like to express my appreciation to the citizens of Chesterfield, Hinsdale and Westmoreland for re-electing me to the N.H. House of Representatives. I want to assure you that I will be active to serve the best interests of my constituents in Concord.

As autumn winds down and our Green Mountain fields and forests prepare to rest, we give thanks for the bounty of the seasons. In the coming weeks, Vermont food will be at the center of the table as many of us celebrate with family and friends. Maybe the meal will begin with an appetizer plat…

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