In 2015, after literally more than a hundred years of intermittent trying, Vermont’s educational leadership succeeded in giving its bureaucracy the power and duty to force mergers of Vermont’s public schools into larger districts (Act 46).

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, we put out a post on social media asking what traditions folks had for the holiday. The responses ranged from “Ignoring your stupid rag” to “Picking fights with family.” A few people responded with some nice thoughts, and then they were immediately pou…

I was thrilled with the drama and excitement of witnessing Mikaela Shiffrin’s two slalom runs in the Women’s World Cup at Killington on Sunday, which she won by more than two seconds. This followed her close third place finish behind two racers from Italy in the Giant Slalom on Saturday.

I publicly thank four helpful partners in our effort to bring increased mental health personnel resources in to assist the Barre City Police Department for those calls involving crisis intervention. With that support, we can replicate a model in place in Chittenden County. The assisting part…

For weeks now, lawmakers, advocates, organizations and individuals from around Vermont joined the chorus of more than 140,000 public comments submitted on a rule that would force many Americans to lose their federal food stamps.

OneCare Vermont — the private, for-profit company tasked with carrying out the state’s health care payment reform effort — is running into trouble.

Gov. Scott recently took some heat from the media over a statement he made following the announcement by Energizer they would be closing their Bennington plant and moving its operations to Wisconsin. The governor said:

I read Mark O’Maley’s prescription for saving progressive education with interest and enthusiasm (“A way forward for Vt. colleges,” Nov. 27).

Now that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are behind us, we need to re-evaluate.

Stephen Whitaker was correct in questioning the manner in which a Montpelier police officer shot and killed Mark Johnson, a disturbed, older man who was holding a pellet gun when he was shot twice with a high-caliber rifle.

Homelessness has been in the news a lot lately. Until they come up with a solution to having to come up with first and last months' rent and security deposit when you are broke, they will never solve it.

I was never a great fan of the "Three Stooges." It could have been their stupidity lacked a plot that could grab my attention.

It was announced last week that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has reached a record high of 407.8 parts per million, according to a report released by the World Meteorological Organization. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen sharply, with t…

This weekend, Killington Resort will once again host the Audi FIS Ski Women’s World Cup. And, once again, it promises to be a memorable event.

There are many areas where rapid change is needed to confront and deal with climate change and ecosystem degradation. But our societies mostly refuse to face and discuss these issues.

As the beginning of the 2020 legislative session approaches, Vermonters should be aware a carbon tax is being revived — again. This isn’t hype or hysteria about the prospect of something that may be proposed. Rather, this is actively being pushed and pursued by Vermont elected officials and …

Almost lost amid the mind-boggling shuffle of Executive Branch malfeasance recently was the exposure of senior presidential adviser and prince of Trumpian darkness, Stephen Miller, as pretty much everything we ever thought he was, right from the beginning of the reign of terror that continue…

Editor’s note: Vermont By Degrees is a series of weekly columns written by representatives of colleges and universities from around the state about the challenges facing higher education at this time.

David Emmons handed me a stack of photographs: snapshots of smiling boaters, water skiers, people diving off their docks, and fishing. Our boat was floating in the middle of Little Lake St. Catherine, a lobe off the southern end of the much larger and deeper Lake St. Catherine. With us was W…

A popular commitment among candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president is a declaration of the year in which the United States must be made to achieve “net-zero carbon dioxide emissions.” Joe Biden vowed to get us there by 2050. Andrew Yang bid 2049, and Corey Booker offered 2…

Abraham Lincoln and many others in his time were against slavery. Yet, they opposed its abrupt end on the basis of necessity. To push for the abolition of an institution too entrenched to fail, they feared they would destroy the economy and cause civil conflict. Thus, permitting the existing…

Policy wonks, not getting the results they hoped for (and being a touch lazy), invented a new research method called the “intraocular traumatic test.” What that means is look at the data and if the result hits you between the eyes, it’s significant. Naturally, this kind of eyeballing lends i…

Around the table this day, we count our blessings and offer thanks. The day has come to have different meaning for Americans. But for presidents, it always has been a time to reflect on the time in which they were selected to serve.

It is the season of giving thanks. The autumn harvest is complete, and we thank farmers, particularly our Vermont farmers, for providing us with food. Thanksgiving is a special time for family and friends to reconnect, pause and enjoy a few hours together over a meal — a meal, thanks to a farmer.

As a dyslexic who has thrived in progressive, student-centered degree programs — my bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s University Without Walls program, and my Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont — and as someone who has taught in pro…

This is a note I have seen on Facebook from a person who works in the school food system:

Winter is fast approaching and it is important to prepare your animals who are kept outside for the colder weather. Most large animals are kept outside in the winter and there are certain steps you should take to ensure they stay safe.

Like the rest of our nation, Vermont has a checkered history regarding race relations, and the acceptance or rejection of non-Caucasian people in our nearly monochromatic white state. “Checkered,” like the light and dark squares of a checkerboard, means that bad, but also good, things have h…

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that properties owned by the President so far have been visited during 1,493 trips by U.S. government officials and by officials from 71 different governments.

I just turned 60 a few weeks ago. I really don’t mind getting older; like the adage says, it’s better than the alternative. There are, however, a few aspects of aging that are somewhat bothersome.

Several years ago — 10 or 12 years would be about right — a central Vermont journalist was returning home after working late on a bitterly, jarringly cold winter night. It was a little past midnight when he drove through Barre and saw, in the lighted, recessed doorway of a downtown store, a …

Last week when the president made his trip to Dayton, Ohio in the wake of the mass shooting there, he was met by chanting protesters. Their demands that he “Do Something” are a cry for real change, for concrete steps to stop the killing beyond sending thoughts and prayers.

First off, let me say Kanye West is a marvelously talented 42-year-old musician, lyricist and producer, having received over 20 Grammies. For those who don’t know his work, it will be well worth your time to acquaint yourself with it. He is a rapper, but he also incorporates various other st…

As Vermonters turn on their furnaces and prepare for Thanksgiving, the Trump administration is once again taking aim at some of our most vulnerable neighbors. The White House and USDA recently announced their third attempt in the past 12 months to go around Congress and take food away from m…

There are some basic lessons in motivation and behavior that Vermont’s Proficiency Based Learning education initiative could learn from this fall’s high school state championships. Watching the games, it was a thrill to see these young athletes use the skills they gained through intense trai…

Nov. 21 was Rural Health Care Day across the United States. In honor of this day, I want to illustrate the work we are doing locally in northern New York and Vermont, as we adapt to meet the needs of aging populations, changes in how care is paid and reimbursed, and ever-increasing costs of …

Every March, there is a perennial debate in some communities over how much money should go to social concerns.

For young generations, clean energy is not an option, it’s an expectation. For seniors, health-impaired neighbors and businesses, reliable and affordable electricity is a lifeblood necessity. We’ve heard scientists’ alarms, seen that dangerous planetary warming is underway — happening even f…

Polls clearly show Vermonters love wildlife, but many of us don’t stop to consider who makes decisions about our wildlife.

Congressional lawmakers are hoping to throw a curve ball into a plan that threatens minor league baseball teams like the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Former President Barack Obama set off an ideological firestorm recently that focused on Democrats.

I recently discovered there are no special ed funds for children under age 5 — isn't that when they need them the most?