Editorials

Why not immigration?

I prefer the window seat. I like to idle away time on flights trying to guess where and what I’m flying over, without the benefit of the map. I’m hypnotized by the red-beige-brown carpet of California desert; mesmerized by the unbroken wilderness of northern Maine; awed by the peaks and valleys of the Cascades; calmed by the serenity of the […]

All voices

The First Amendment is not something to be toyed with. It is, by design, in place to allow for the integration of ideas and discussion, even painful, hateful ones. It is the foundation of our democracy — especially in ugly times when points of view are necessary. That’s not to say civility should never be a factor. But the slope […]

Shameful

This is child abuse in America, pure and simple. The Trump administration’s decision to separate children from parents when they cross the border without authorization is such an exercise in cruelty that even Trump loyalists are calling it appalling. All four of the living first ladies (including Melania Trump) have spoken out against this mistreatment of children. Aware of the […]

Override

Gov. Phil Scott seems to be holding the line. His position against accepting an increase in statewide property tax rates is worthy of respect, but the price that is coming could be high. The showdown that is about to ensue may have political consequences come Election Day in November. Scott has vetoed two state budgets passed by lawmakers, and remains […]

Teens and self-harm

Editor’s note: The following editorial is part of a weeklong look at the results of the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which was released late last month. Yesterday we looked at substance use among Vermont teenagers. Today we examine findings on self-harm.   There is a lot of pressure on kids these days. Look at what hits them online and […]

Substance abuse

Editor’s note: The following editorial is part of a weeklong look at the results of the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which was released late last month. Yesterday we looked at bullying among Vermont teenagers. Today we examine the findings on substance abuse.   It seems that substance abuse and teenagers are synonymous. For parents, the teenage years can be […]

Bullying’s effects

Editor’s note: The following editorial is part of a weeklong look at the results of the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which was released late last month. Yesterday we looked at vaping among Vermont teenagers. Today we examine the findings on bullying.   Nobody likes a bully. And yet, they are everywhere. In fact, a recent report shows that perhaps […]

Risks of vaping

Editor’s note: The following editorial is part of a weeklong look at the results of the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which was released late last month. Today we look at vaping among Vermont teenagers. There are iconic images through history of young men with slicked-back hair and a pack of cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve of their T-shirts […]

Which Bernie is it?

Bernie Sanders will be in Vermont on Saturday talking about renewable energy. It’s a topic that many Vermonters can relate to. It’s certainly not as heady or complex as the North Korean summit, the trade war or violence in Gaza — all valid points for someone with an eye far from Vermont. Vermont is always happy to have its independent […]

Sticky situation

Vermont’s response to a proposed federal rule change that would change labeling on honey and maple syrup has been less than sweet. And rightly so. The proposal is ridiculous. This week, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan wrote to the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, calling on the agency to amend a rule requiring 100 percent pure maple […]


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