Opinion

Blossom season

Lately, we’ve been getting a few of those “glad to be alive” days here at Morse Farm. Being farmers, we have a special edge on the “glad” part, especially this time of year. My father used to call it “blossom” season. Y’know the time of year when everything wakes up and we say “whew”… made it through another winter. Whether […]

Chamber Notes: Policy that supports business

By BILL MOORE

The Vermont General Assembly is returning for a special session this week. Rather than convene in a veto session, the House and Senate adjourned “sine die,” or without setting another date in which to meet. In other words, when the assembly adjourned, it signaled the end of the biennial session. What makes this unusual is that the Legislature adjourned knowing […]

Yankee Notebook: Tactics without strategy

I’m pretty sure it was my father’s fault that I went wrong so young. Browsing through his bookcase one day as a child, I came across a pair of absolutely captivating volumes: “The Bears of Blue River,” by Charles Major, and “African Game Trails,” by Theodore Roosevelt. In the first, a young boy on the Indiana frontier in the early […]

Finding common ground

How many times have you heard it said that politics in Vermont is different from other states? We’ve all read stories that seem to set our collaborative tradition apart from Washington, D.C. Most point to the scale of our small cities and towns as evidence that we are different, and that our political speech can, and will, remain so. But […]

It’s time to cure mental health stigma for good

May is Mental Health Month and the theme designated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) this year is “Cure Stigma.” We have certainly come a long way and are more accepting about mental illness, but we still have a lot of work to do. Mental health was never taken as a serious issue until those suffering emerged from […]

Finding common ground

Commentary

How many times have you heard it said that politics in Vermont is different from other states? We’ve all read stories that seem to set our collaborative tradition apart from Washington, D.C. Most point to the scale of our small cities and towns as evidence that we are different, and that our political speech can, and will, remain so. But […]

Tactics without strategy

Yankee Notebook

I ’m pretty sure it was my father’s fault that I went wrong so young. Browsing through his bookcase one day as a child, I came across a pair of absolutely captivating volumes: “The Bears of Blue River,” by Charles Major, and “African Game Trails,” by Theodore Roosevelt. In the first, a young boy on the Indiana frontier in the […]

Where’s the apology?

Commentary

Missteps? This White House has made a few. But apologies? Almost never. White House officials reiterated their position Monday that a morbid joke an aide made about John McCain — an 81-year-old, six-term Republican senator with brain cancer — is not the sort of thing that warrants an apology on behalf of this administration. This decision led colleagues and relatives […]

Rolling blackouts for New England?

Commentary

Rolling blackouts are probably coming to New England sooner than expected. When there’s not enough supply of electricity to meet demand, an electric grid operator cuts power to one section of the grid to keep the rest of the grid from failing. After a while, the operator restores the power to the blacked-out area and moves the blackout onto another […]

Keep the internet free

Commentary

Millions of Americans were outraged last year when the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the strong and enforceable net neutrality rules that were adopted in 2015. As a supporter of a free and open internet, I share the public’s outrage over the loss of these critical protections, which is why I am voting in favor of this resolution to […]


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