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In light of the tragic school shooting in Texas, I ask that there be a pause to remember those who were senselessly killed May 24.

As a Casella Waste Systems (CWS) shareholder and a resident of New Hampshire’s North Country, I’ve watched the years-long process of CWS being forced to close its NCES landfill in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and trying to permit a new greenfield landfill about 5 miles away in Dalton, New Hamps…

As one of the parents present at Wednesday’s WCUUSD board meeting, I’d like to clarify and expand on a couple of issues.

I have served my entire career working with children. These children I served were as diverse as America itself. I served as a school counselor, teacher, assistant principal, high school principal and youth division aide IV in New York State Division for Youth. As an administrator, I served …

Vermont has the second oldest population in the U.S., Maine is #1. Vermont, as of 2012, has 64 nursing homes. So it makes sense, at least to nursing home developers, to add to their business from where the business is — Vermont.

Education is not only one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time, but it is also a competitiveness issue, making it a long-term economic issue, and by extension, a national security issue.

“Memorial Day honors the sacrifices made for a more peaceful world.”

On Memorial Day weekend, 7,000 people of all shapes and sizes will lace up their running shoes and race through the streets of Burlington for the 33rd annual Vermont City Marathon. Mixed in with the elite athletes, weekend warriors and first-time runners will be yours truly. I have participa…

I've been bear hunting with hounds for 17 years and know a lot of hounds-men who have hunted a lot longer. I have never heard of anyone whose hounds have killed a bear. I have heard of a lot of bears bayed up or treed by hounds that hunters have shot and killed, but never that the hounds kil…

May 2-6 was designated as National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time when American communities pause to recognize the immeasurable contributions teachers and support staff make in the lives of their students. What an incredibly worthy recognition this is.

This legislative session impacted Vermonters’ civil liberties in significant ways, good and bad. Specifically, while Vermont continued to adopt smarter criminal justice policies this year, we have also seen a shockingly inadequate response to the opioid crisis, and a failure to enact any mea…

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The April 15 commentary “Black bears are an asset to Vermont landscapes and public health” gets many things right. Black bears are valued members of our ecosystem, and coexisting with them requires that we adapt our behaviors to avoid putting bears at risk. But the commentary also spreads tw…

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Each year, the end of the legislative session coincides with warmer weather, signaling peak tourism season just around the corner. For many Vermont businesses, however, this will be the third summer in a row that they are overwhelmed with uncertainty instead of anticipation. While elected of…

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Tim Newcomb's take ...

Frist, before continuing to read, go to this site bit.ly/0518BeyondBorders and watch the conference for yourself. I assume Ms. Hallsmith has done so or would not have written an opinion. Many are taking the word of those named in the presentation who jeopardize Abenaki by state recognition, …

Gwen Hallsmith fans the flames of emotion in her op-ed "Tribal territorialism at UVM," but I'd rather consider the evidence and, as an educational institution, that is what UVM is doing.

After reading the John “Veritas” harangue about Democrats, I conclude he really should have called himself John Fallo for all the falsehoods contained in his anti-Democratic tantrum.

There must be more important things to talk or think about than Johnny Depp and Amber Heard? But maybe not. Everyone felt the same way about OJ and Nicole Simpson; look how that turned out. After 10 years as a battered woman’s advocate, I have learned two “together” people don’t usually end …

Another legislative session has closed and for thousands of Vermont pension plan participants, little has changed. The unions gave up more contract provisions to maintain the promised benefit, millions of dollars have been thrown at the problem accounts amounting to another band aid on a hem…

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There seems to be more hype than facts in this nuclear renaissance. When there are billions in government subsidies at stake, promoters come out of the woodwork.

In a previous op-ed in this newspaper, I outlined the reasons why we place such a high value on student voice in helping to shape how students learn in school today. Then, I was focused more on the impact of student voice on individual learning opportunities. Today, I am thinking about the o…

Congress has backed off “Medicare for All” for the time being. But legislators in several states are now taking up the charge.

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What would data-driven policy suggest regarding THC cannabis concentrate caps in Vermont and Quebec?

Given the central role the University of Vermont played in the eugenics movement of the last century, one would think they might be wise to be very, very cautious when wading into international tribal politics. Apparently, that wisdom was lost on them when they decided to host a group of peo…

I am writing you today with the hope of starting a public dialogue about solving an issue that plagues our roads. I cannot be the only person who has noticed the countless deer carcasses lining the roadsides and ditches of Interstate 89 from the long winter, and I imagine it is not the only …

Tim Newcomb's take ...

Every so often, a new expression enters our language that drives me crazy. One such expression is to “wrap your head” around an idea or thought.

My tenuous sense that “we will get through this “ was decimated 48 hours ago when the draft Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade was leaked.

Remember those wooden puzzles of the American states you played with when you were 7 — the ones with little pegs attached, so small fingers could pull out a blue one on the far left and turn it over to read "California," or an upside-down L-shaped red one on the lower right that read "Florid…

Five Questions With

Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…

Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.

Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.

Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.

Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

Mark Breen, the “Eye on the Sky” guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.