A news article published this week looking at some of the misconceptions about Vermont’s renewables industry has generated an electrifying debate over how “green” our state actually is — not what it claims to be. In 2016, the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School was asked to do an analysis of renewable energy credits (REC) in […]

Bernie’s journey

Sen. Bernie Sanders should come clean with Vermonters. The state’s junior U.S. senator has represented the state in Congress since 1991 and in the Senate since 2007. For most of that time he has been a strong voice for the state and the social justice issues that many of its voters hold dear. But judging from his travel, Sanders is […]

Education’s sacred cows

Lawmakers have spent a fair amount of time with their noses to the grindstone, trying to work out a new proposal for education funding. As expected, the process is complex, political and highly emotional. H.911 is generating debate inside the State House, as well as outside in school districts and town halls around the state. And aptly so. The bill […]

Students as teachers

Regardless of how you feel about the causes taken up by students around the country following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there’s no denying that the voices of students from that school have energized the country at this point in our history. After the shooting that left 17 people dead and another 17 […]

Do something

“Everybody talks about the weather,” goes a famous quote sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, “but nobody does anything about it.” If the weather is the most-discussed topic of our discontent, taxes and government might be a close second. The difference is that, unlike the weather, people can actually do something about taxes and government. One of the great things about […]

A triumph over lunacy

Vermont takes a back seat to no state when it comes to how much its residents value the Second Amendment, a fact reflected in the state’s mostly hands-off approach to the sale and purchase of firearms. We haven’t had stricter laws because most people believed we didn’t really need them. Gun owners in the state — hunters, mostly — have […]

No laughing matter

The oath required of the president of the United States before taking off ice is simple and direct. “I do solemnly swear (or aff irm) that I will faithfully execute the Off ice of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Perhaps President Donald […]

The worst people


Early Tuesday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: “The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong! People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy!” Lies. Of course […]

Strong messages

Once again communities around Vermont were unabashed in their efforts to send strong messages to local and state officials, as well as leaders in the Trump administration. On Tuesday, Vermont residents from 35 towns voted overwhelmingly in favor of nonbinding resolutions seeking climate solutions. What was unique was that while the overall message was the same, each community that took […]

Higher callings

Any list of notable sports “firsts” always includes Roger Bannister’s achievement on May 6, 1954, when he became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, clocking in at 3:59.4 on an overcast day in Oxford, England. It was big news at the time, since some people questioned whether it was even possible to break that barrier. […]

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