Barre Area Development Corporation is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1960 and is governed by a 15-member, volunteer, citizen board and has a full-time executive director. BADC serves Barre City and Barre Town and is committed to economic growth and prosperity for our communities, which i…

This is my fifth year as the superintendent of schools in Barre, and my first as the superintendent of the newly formed Barre Unified Union School District. As we enter the most challenging budget season in our recent history, I want to help you understand the progress we’ve made in building…

Town Meeting Day gives Vermonters the opportunity to have a say in community matters, from school budgets to environmental policy. But it’s also important to remember that you decide how to support volunteer-based programs in your area.

When I moved to Montpelier 30-plus years ago, two hot topics always in the news were the lack of decent affordable housing and the dearth of parking for people wanting to work in or patronize local businesses. So, here we are 30-plus years later with housing problems still the same.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is a business association representing over 730 members in every industry and every county across the state, united in our shared mission to advance an ethic that protects the natural, human and economic environments of Vermont.

From the mid-1860s to the early-1990s, Vermont was largely a Republican majority. The post Civil-War Republican Party that supported Lincoln and fought against the immoral and abusive institution of slavery was the default option for Vermonters. The Republican Party kept the loyalty of gener…

I had to do a lot of driving this week. One of the beautiful things about being behind the wheel so much is that it gives me time to do other things, like finish my taxes, practice the French horn and catch up on my reading. It also gives me a chance to think of column ideas.

In reference to the commentary of Feb. 13: “The battle lines have been drawn,” I immediately thought of a recent show on VPR. The researcher was questioned about changes in the electorate since 2016. It appears that, thanks to the “tea party” right wing of what used to be the GOP, we now hav…

Perhaps the most important thing we need to know about Act 250 right now is, it is working exactly as it has been designed to do. Vermont’s seminal land use law was established back in 1970 to create a democratic process by which individuals, community groups and municipalities could partici…

Now that the Democrat primary is heating up, there is a lot of talk about the Democrat nominee for president. Warren supporters, Sanders supporters, Buttigieg supporters and others are out canvassing, writing letters to the editor and getting the word out about their candidates. This is all …

Later this spring, Gov. Phil Scott will have the opportunity to strengthen the economy, promote equity and protect the environment by joining the Transportation and Climate Initiative. If the governor refuses to join our regional neighbors in the fight against climate pollution, it is very l…

I am running for one of the vacancies on the Montpelier Roxbury School District Board and am requesting the support of my fellow Montpelier residents on Town Meeting Day.

“There’s nothing like 40-plus degrees and raining to say Happy Holidays in New England!” Sadly, it has been a recurring family greeting of late. As someone who loves the outdoors in all seasons, with a special affinity (some say, obsession) to snow and skiing, this weather makes me cringe an…

We live in an age where meanness and aggression dominate the news cycle. The quiet voices of those who do the real work of caring for our community go unheard. It is difficult for the public to know about Fred Wilber delivering meals to elderly people who haven’t spoken with anyone since his…

The impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump is over and he was acquitted. His fate is now where it should be, in the hands of the American voters. And in a month’s time, Vermont voters will have an opportunity to express their disapproval of his performance by voting for Bill Weld in …

Following the results-reporting debacle during the Iowa Democratic Caucus, my office has been asked numerous times about Vermont’s Presidential Primary process, and if the problems that occurred in Iowa could happen here.

There’s a lot in the budget the governor presented last month to the Legislature – and to the public. It’s a proposal to spend more than $6.3 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The detailed budget book is over 1,350 pages, and that doesn’t count the supporting documents.

This decision to upgrade the current Capitol Plaza hotel is positive news. It means future guests can earn Hilton reward points, businesses will be provided with improved conference and banquet facilities, and the hotel’s visibility will increase.

That silly “Billy whatever” thing was a long time ago, wasn’t it? Golly me, didn’t it sound “big” at the time. What a drop in the bucket that turned out to be.

After searching for a place to raise our family, away from the stress and materialistic nature of the city, my husband and I moved to central Vermont a year ago, while expecting our first baby.

In December, a bipartisan group from 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that make up the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) released a draft Memorandum of Understanding outlining a program to reduce pollution from cars and trucks. Vermont’s delegation in the design process was l…

The question before us is incredibly serious, but it is also more than a little absurd. We are sitting as a court, exercising the sole power to try impeachments, entrusted to us by the framers. The president of the United States has been charged with high crimes — a constitutional charge of …

It was reported last week that President Trump spent one out of every five days at a golf club in 2019. In three years, he spent a total of 252 days at Trump Golf Resorts and 333 days at Trump Properties.

Both vetoes and veto-override votes will be in the news. There are those who question that, since Democrats have a veto-proof majority in the Legislature, why can’t they always override a veto? Math, human nature and political realities all have a role to play.

The other day, I came across a list of the “Ten Most Haunted Places in Vermont” on a website called Most Haunted Rooms — America. The locations highlighted in the compilation all had reports of people seeing apparitions of individuals who died years earlier, or witnessing strange occurrences…

It’s Groundhog Day – again! If you remember the 1993 movie of the same name, you’ll recall the hapless hero played by Bill Murray who found himself trapped in an inescapable time loop. Every day he wakes up to live through a new day exactly the same as the day before. Nothing he does, nothin…

Our state college system is an invaluable resource that should be protected to the best of our abilities. The plea to keep students in Vermont after high school graduation is equally matched by the plea for parents and students to recognize we have a serious workforce talent gap in our state…

When Governor Scott vetoed a bill last spring that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for handgun sales, he stated that he needed to see evidence proving a waiting period would slow Vermont’s high rate of suicide and save lives. So, let’s take a look.

In his State of the State, Gov. Scott spoke about the demographic crisis creating a divide between the urbanized and rural areas of our state. At the Vermont Land Trust, it’s a divide we see every day, with opportunities to work in the woods or on the farm becoming less profitable or desirab…

Though the 2020 legislative session has only just begun, the Legislature is already faced with a defining question: how to create and implement a paid family and medical leave program that protects all working Vermonters. While most people agree that such a program is necessary and, in fact,…

On Jan. 22, just as Republicans voted to blindfold the Senate from key witnesses and evidence during the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Trump, even more damaging bits and pieces of his illegal Ukraine aid freeze spilled into public view thanks to the Freedom Of Information Act. Thes…

I appreciate the patience of citizens sitting with sadness, fear and anger as I have worked to understand and adequately respond to the startling events unfolding since Jan. 19, when a statement was widely disseminated and believed on social media regarding an unsafe working environment at R…

In 2017, almost 50,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. It’s a sad reality that New England, as a whole, has been particularly hard hit by opioids. In fact, per capita, of the 12 states across the country with the most opioid overdose fatalities, all six of our states make the list. Muc…

Before the 2020 legislative session kicked off, proponents of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) were calling the interstate agreement to raise prices of gasoline and diesel by as much as 17 cents a gallon, their “banner” legislation for the new year. Now, just half way through Janu…

Vermont’s rural communities are intricately tied to our economy, identity and way of life. At the same time, all of Vermont suffers when our farm and forestry sectors falter.

At the state Agency of Transportation, we know how much you count on us to keep Vermont’s roadways safe for travel during winter weather and storms. This time of year, you’ll see our fleet of 268 plow trucks out in full force, plowing millions of miles of roads and highways and doing our par…

Remember when the garbage can had a bad reputation, solely being associated with dirty, unwanted refuse? Over time, our attitude towards this rubbish repository has evolved to the point where today, the garbage can has become the hottest receptacle in town.

On Thursday morning, hours before senators were sworn in to serve on President Trump’s impeachment trial, an independent, nonpartisan government watchdog confirmed what I have long suspected: When Trump froze congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to compel…

I am a civil engineer, a matter of considerable personal pride. And when I think about some of the significant challenges Vermonters have met and overcome, many of the most impressive that come to mind (or at least the mind of a civil engineer) are feats in which engineering had a central ro…

Small businesses face a critical list of legislative proposals this session that would raise costs and impose burdensome mandates that hinder their ability to operate. Vermont’s demographics have continued to erode over the past decade, aging population, declining enrollment, stagnant revenu…

Despite a strong economy at the national level, many Vermonters feel left behind. Across our state, thousands struggle to pay their bills and make ends meet. From burdensome taxes to sky-high insurance premiums, many individuals, families and small businesses are stuck in a persistent econom…