Fall is here, and with it the return of another school year. The return of our students means we will again be lucky enough to spend our days educating the next generation, seeing them learn new tools and skills and watching their grins when they grasp a difficult task.

Gov. Phil Scott’s ongoing financial stake in his former business — a business that continues to seek lucrative contracts with the state — violates Vermont’s new code of ethics. That is the clear position of Vermont’s independent Ethics Commission, as stated in an advisory opinion issued earl…

I don’t know about you, but I hate to pick up a newspaper or watch the evening news.

For a century or more, politicians and economists have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human well-being.

Millennials often get a bad rap. But for all the grief they take for being “on screens” all of the time or living at home, their activism may be having a measurable effect on the world. That’s a very good thing.

Back in January, I sat proudly listening as my husband, Brad Peacock, announced his candidacy as an Independent for the U.S. Senate. Brad has worked as a farmer in our hometown of Shaftsbury for more than a dozen years and does not have the connections, wealth or power most politicians seek …

Support or oppose it, Medicare for All is a controversial idea.

In a recent editorial in this newspaper editorial writer, Steven Pappas wrote: “The United States needs a major reform of its political system. A democracy should reflect the will of the people. That has not been happening, and it appears to only be worsening.” Further on in Pappas’ editoria…

Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, only a portion of the following letter appeared in the Oct. 10 edition. It is reprinted here in its entirety. We regret the error.

In response to the letter from Gesualdo Schneider entitled "The evil slide,"' where do I begin?

I am supporting Susan Hatch Davis for state representative for Orange District 1 (Chelsea, Williamstown, Washington, Corinth and Vershire) because I believe working people deserve a powerful voice in Montpelier. Susan has consistently proven to me that she supports working families, teachers…

I am writing to express my support for Susan Hatch Davis for state representative in Orange District 1 (Corinth, Vershire, Orange, Washington, Chelsea and Williamstown).

Like many local businesses trying to minimize environmental impact, our co-op works to reduce waste and recycle as much as we can. With recent changes in the world of recycling, I thought it was a good time to assess what’s going on in terms of our community’s waste and resource streams. I c…

A poll released Wednesday suggests a strong majority of Americans do not trust the nation’s voting systems.

I’m writing to encourage my friends, neighbors and citizens of Orange 1 district (Williamstown, Corinth, Chelsea, Washington, Orange and Vershire) to vote for Carl Demrow to represent us in Montpelier.

Your editorial, “Unplug” (Oct. 7), was a disturbing diagnosis of our current national political debacle.

Well, the end just got a little closer.

“Just tell him I died. Maybe that’ll work.” That’s what I said to my son, Tom, the other day. Sound rather drastic? Well, folks, our situation is rather challenging. You see, here on our farm where seasons come and go, we’re faced with a human “season,” so to speak. This I write as the 70-ye…

Maxine Grad is an outstanding representative for the district of Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren.

#MeToo and national issues revolving around the Supreme Court nomination and the current president cast a much-needed spotlight upon sexual abuse.

Donald Trump’s coarse and demeaning remarks in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings come as no surprise. But in attacking female protesters as “elevator screamers,” he added another disturbing element, that of antisemitism. The protestors, he claimed, were paid by George Soros.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy failed to block Republican right wing Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Leahy, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee for many years, chose to parade a woman into the limelight of the Senate Judiciary Committee and bring up other issues…

It’s very exciting that there are six candidates for the Vermont House from Northfield and Berlin to choose from when we vote on the first Tuesday in November. With a candidate’s forum scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Brown Public Library, I hope ma…

As Quakers, we, of Plainfield Friends Meeting, Vermont, are committed to participation in a community whose members are all acknowledged to be equally deserving of care and respect. Everyone is entitled to have their needs fulfilled and their talents recognized.

There comes a time when each of us must look in the mirror and accept the reflection that is staring back at us.

Why are so many people from Central America trying to get into this country? Why don’t they change their own country rather than coming into ours illegally?

It’s good to know patriarchy is alive and well. It would be a shame to think that white privilege might have to ever be dented or derailed.

Despite the reported rancor around the budget in the 2018 legislative session, the Vermont Chamber had a very successful year, proving that the Republican administration and the Democratic leaders of the Legislature can work together for the betterment of Vermont’s economy. It’s important th…

According to John Nassivera in his commentary, “Of babies, bathwater and bishops," "Since 2004, there have been 3,400 abuse cases reported to the Holy See (Vatican).” I have been unable to verify this statement. He concludes that “less than 1 percent of the world's priests” have molested chi…

The last weeks of the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have been like a stomach-churning flight on the red-eye descending through a bad thunder storm. It takes all our will power to keep from getting sick. We keep asking ourselves, “Why on Earth did I ever …

I would like to know exactly what Garrison Keillor did to make it necessary to fire him from National Public Radio (and to kick him out of the Burlington Book Fair). No details, other than an approximate number of complaints and allegations, have been offered. Possibly his sins were egregiou…

The recent Vermont Agency of Natural Resources report that revealed a startling rise in Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions highlights how much work remains for us to meet Vermont’s climate-change goals. Transportation accounts for almost half of these emissions, and proposed federal rollback…

I am writing in support of the proposed parking garage and hotel in downtown Montpelier. This thoughtfully crafted proposal offers a solution to our city’s most pressing needs.

It is not a case of fear or mistrust to simply ask a few relevant questions. In fact, the opposite is true. Many of the citizen taxpayers from our five towns (within the Washington Central Supervisory Union) who have regularly attended these Act 46 meetings have found common ground with one …

How much longer do we have to endure the grotesque abomination of Trump?

Days after Saturday Night Live made a mockery of Vermont’s “whiteness” in a comedy sketch about racism, the membership of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns has approved two resolutions that tackle head-on the systemic racism that seems to be afflicting the state.

Vermont Legal Aid is our statewide nonprofit law firm and social justice organization that provides legal assistance to Vermonters when they face a civil legal problem. Such a problem unmet may threaten their rights, shelter, jobs, health or economic well-being. VLA is turning 50 years old.

When I initially heard about this summer’s proliferation of mice, I dismissed it as old news, figuring the reference was to cowering Republicans bartering their collective soul to Donald Trump, ignoring his daily assault on the presidency in exchange for tax cuts benefiting their friends in …

The United States needs a major reform of its political system. A democracy should reflect the will of the people. That has not been happening, and it appears to only be worsening.

I attended the candidate’s forum on Sept. 27 to obtain more insight into the four candidates running for the Vermont House.

The audience cheered. They cheered as the president of the United States mocked the account of a woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sex assault — a witness he previously called “credible.” They cheered.

In the wake of the serious road rage incident in South Burlington, I heard a local radio host asking a local TV anchor why these horrible events are happening. You don't have to look further than the nasty actions of protesters in the recent Senate hearings and the encounter in the Senate el…

The racism Kiah Morris and her family faced is a wake-up call to the problems we face here of racial intolerance and discrimination here in our state.

Well, hasn’t this been a week! The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of federal Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court – as rigidly stylized and foregone as any ancient Japanese Noh theater – broadcast live, have elicited millions of passionate responses…

Unwanted sexual advances and rape have been the topic of conversation this week as we were all glued to radio and TV to watch the drama unfold. Both Dr. Ford and Mr. Kavanaugh emphatically stated their positions. A limited FBI investigation will unlikely uncover all of the salient facts nece…

As a former state representative, secretary of state, state treasurer and governor, I’ve worked with many elected officials in Vermont. High among them is Representative Don Turner, a true public servant by any standard.