Trump’s letter to Turkey President Erdogan was missing only one thing, a postscript:

Wow, what a week. The first three days of Rise Up Bakery's (48 Granite St., Barre, behind the Old Labor Hall) was a huge — even unexpected — success. We gladly worked long hours to offer the town of Barre and the outlying areas good, honest, traditional breads, and we were stunned by the tur…

City Manager Bill Fraser’s claim that I’ve asked for “private easement” is a sleazy, political fib, Nixon-like, straw-man tactic. I have never argued for “private easement.” I have argued for “easement,” city owned and abutter used, like every other street.

Should Vermont taxpayer-funded government lawyers do free legal work for private law firms and companies? Or should the State be reimbursed for that work? Those are some of the questions that need to be asked after the recent Vermont Supreme Court decision, Doyle v. City of Burlington Police…

As a private citizen, Donald Trump was out of options. He had zero credibility after a lifetime on the grift. His phony “University” cost him $25 million in lawsuits; banks were reluctant to extend him any more credit; and his business failures were becoming the stuff of legend. Even his suc…

What happens on the global stage certainly has implications for us all. But it’s the things happening in our communities that matter most. It is that localism that shapes many of our day-to-day decisions. It is what happens in our schools and town halls, at our chambers of commerce and churc…

I’d like to say, “Thank you,” to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS for the series, “Country,” about American country music. I watched all eight episodes, which are now available via streaming. I’m grateful not only for the music history, but because Burns also gave me a welcome respite…

A new report from the National Audubon Society, “Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink,” describes the profound impact the climate crisis will have on North American bird species. This report comes on the heels of the youth-led and inspired Global Climate Strike just two weeks a…

I have a confession to make. I love drinking with a straw. I know, I know, plastic straws are filling our oceans and littering our beaches. I’ve seen the photo of the turtle with the straw stuck in its nose that started the public crusade to ban straws, and feel badly about it. But still, th…

There were perhaps a thousand grateful Vermonters attending Paul Bruhn’s memorial service last Friday. A Vermont native with an uncanny ability to unify random and sometimes opposing forces, Paul saved many a beloved place in Vermont over his 40-year professional life. Some say he saved Verm…

In Montpelier, Extinction Rebellion Vermont and nearly two dozen partner organizations from around the Northeast are occupying the State House grounds through Saturday afternoon in an unpermitted action called “Climate Encampment: Youth, Migration and Agriculture.”

Vermonters shouldn’t have to pay for access to their government’s public records. Government transparency is far too important to be revoked by government agencies when they feel inconvenienced.

As part of my real job I do a lot of writing. Yesterday, at work, I was emailed a tip sheet for effective professional communication.

For many years, Vermonters and Americans elsewhere have been recalibrating the way we live with our household pets — not so much those fringy ferrets and potbelly pigs, but, more specifically, our longtime favorites, the dog and cat. On the farm, of course, they were free to roam; farm famil…

We are far away in Russia, but the news of shooting up the Rutland Police Department and subsequent shooting of Christopher Louras is shocking.

I just have to say there are some questions we want answered about the Rutland shooting. Allegedly, the shooter was a former mayor's son and the victim killed was cousin to the shooter and a relative of the current mayor, allegedly.

We face an immediate and compelling threat but probably not the one you may be thinking. As we sink increasingly into separate and opposed camps in this country, we are in grave danger of losing our very democracy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Fresh Air host families and volunteer leaders Central Vermont. Because of their dedication and commitment, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities participated in our Friendly Towns volunteer host family program thi…

Next month, like many Vermonters, I will be sending my final property tax payment to the town clerk. I live in Waterbury, and over three-quarters of my tax bill goes to fund schools. School spending in our school district, and in most districts across Vermont, continues to increase even thou…

Last Tuesday morning dawned cool and misty, with the fall colors coming into focus on the middle slopes of the Green Mountains around Rutland. The leaf peeping season was approaching its peak, and fall events were on tap for the coming weekend. And that day we experienced a tragedy that hit …

Once again, headlines from across Vermont have highlighted recent overdoses as a result of the opioid crisis. In a few cases, the individual’s addiction has become a signal to others.

A cold rain drips from the eaves. The dog’s occasional trips outside are either aborted or brief. The house fights the impulse to grow chilly. I fight the impulse to turn up the thermostats. There’ll be no walk in the woods today. So I face the computer screen with an attitude best described…

The vast majority of Vermonters agree: we face a climate crisis. Our climate-dependent industries are threatened. Our water isn’t clean. Flooding is harming crops and damaging roads. We have more ticks, with their associated illnesses.

“Repressed anger plays a powerful role in this addiction (to excess food). I feel that eating binges are often displaced temper tantrums or rage reactions.”

At the end of last month, 7 million people, mostly youth around the world, joined with Greta Thunberg in a global climate strike to protest the fact that our industrial societies intend to sacrifice our children to protect the present economic system, and especially the profits of the fossil…

Thirty years ago this month, Chelsea Green Press in White River Junction published our book, “The Vermont Papers: Recreating Democracy on a Human Scale.” We dedicated it to “the memory of Ethan Allen and all those hardscrabble Vermonters who, in his tradition, and through their cussedness an…

Teachers have a legal duty to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Here in Vermont we’re not expected to wait until we’re certain abuse has occurred. In fact, we’re not allowed to wait for anything close to certainty. Our threshold for reporting is “reasonable suspicion.” If I don’t rep…

Right now at the Vatican in Rome there is a synod meeting of bishops and others on the issues of Amazonia, convened for three weeks by Pope Francis. Amazonia is a large region (almost 8 million square kilometers) that extends into eight countries: Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, …

Fall has arrived. As the leaves collect on the ground, and we begrudgingly begin the process of raking up the colorful remnants of summer into endless piles, it is a good time of year to remember what urban trees provide for us.

Can we really change the number of individuals in our prisons?

Sept. 20, millions of youth across the globe took to the streets to join the #ClimateStrike movement started by the extraordinary Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, and led in the U.S. by the young people of color who founded and direct the Youth Climate Strike. As both a father and the execu…

Chaos, collapse and catastrophe — three words that describe our current national and international situation.

The debate over the impeachment inquiry has renewed concerns over fact and fiction. While lawmakers in the House are trying to keep the focus on whether President Trump committed a high crime by enlisting a foreign power to interfere in a U.S. election, the facts keep changing with the presi…

It’s crisp, likely in the low 50s with enough dampness in the air to make a couple of layers under an impermeable shell advisable to ward off both the chill and the moisture. We’re on a trail in Groton State Forest, looping Kettle Pond, surrounded by the brilliant maples that draw visitors h…

I wish to extend my congratulations to Montpelier Fire Chief Bob Gowans on his 40-plus years of service. I was honored to work with him during my whole career. We started full time together (well, technically, I had 11 days seniority, but who quibbles?) and we shared many experiences along t…

In a time of a resurgence of hate crimes and rhetoric — Vermont is not immune — the effort to eliminate racism is increasingly important. Central Vermont Reading to End Racism, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, raises awareness of the harm racism causes and helps elementary school ch…

We are writing on behalf of our youth activist students at U-32. Last month, kids involved in co-curricular activities wanted to attend the student strike in Montpelier. However, the school doesn't allow students to participate in competitive events the day following an excused absence (beyo…

Why does Donald Trump want to take food from the mouths of needy children? Today, I heard the news about a federal government rule change that will affect our food stamps program. It will be impossible for 3 million Americans to get enough to eat, and thousands of Vermonters will suffer. Tha…

I am responding to the significance of the imminent decisions which concern the futures of the Harwood Union District schools. First, I wish to thank the School Board and many community members for their heartfelt work toward a positive solution. And, second, I must express my sincere concer…

Vermonters have recently witnessed, once again, the annual battle over health insurance rate increases for individual and small business plans. It’s worth taking a long look at just what the state thinks it’s doing, and how it does it. Families and small businesses purchase health insurance …

A courtroom, in the course of a murder trial, is a confined space filled with people cast in specific roles: defendant; attorneys on both sides practicing their profession; jury members charged with listening to testimony and preparing to evaluate it later in group discussion; the judge, con…

We have received some letters to the editor or commentaries in recent weeks that suggest the climate strike was a stunt to make pawns of our children.

It seemed unlikely a few years ago that a topic as dry-sounding as election cybersecurity would be on everyone’s lips, but here we are — and for good reason. To paraphrase a wise man, “the more they complicate the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain,” — and as we all now know, th…

Gov. Phil Scott is again taking heat from constituents for using judgment rather than toeing the Republican Party line and defending President Donald Trump, demeaning the president’s detractors or pretending the country isn’t verging on a constitutional crisis after almost three years of a l…

As a lifelong Vermonter, I have been a staunch advocate of the environment for my entire life. Over the last 45 years, I have surrounded myself with the most forward-thinking, hardest-working and intellectually capable people in the waste management industry and together, we have worked ever…