Every year, around the world, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, a day marked by global efforts to raise awareness about the environmental concerns of our time. This April, we extended that celebration to fill the entire calendar and could not have had such a successful Earth Month without…

As the weather warms across Vermont, many of us are eager to get out and start outdoor projects around our homes. During spring, we tackle lots of yard cleanup, tree trimming, repairs, plantings, painting projects and other work. Because of our post-winter enthusiasm, it can be easy to overl…

Vermont’s House of Representatives recently passed H.107, a bill to create a statewide paid family and medical leave program. It’s now being considered by the Senate. That may sound like great news for working women and families struggling to get by, but these are the workers who are most li…

If you’ve wondered what’s going on with peacocks on airplanes and dogs at the salad bar in the grocery store, you’re not alone.

In January, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Kane Tanaka, of Japan, as the oldest living human. Tanaka’s date of birth is Jan. 2, 1903, making her 116 years old.

John Snell and August Burns both suggest that, because I am male, my opinion in opposition to abortion has no validity. Both Snell and Burns say that men must shut up about abortion unless, of course, they endorse abortion. Does my gender really deprive me of my right to voice my opinion on …

Ward 2 residents: As I have been on the City Council for a couple of months, I wanted to write to give you a brief update of some of the work that has been done and that is ongoing in the city.

In the past decade, I’ve testified before the City Council about two compelling issues. Years ago, I spoke out passionately to prevent the building of a multi-story parking garage filling the river front space bordered by Aubuchon and Positive Pie. A host of vehement architects and city plan…

After decades of philanthropic investment in Vermont’s early care and learning system, it is gratifying to see a bill moving through the Legislature that includes significant new investments to make high-quality child care more affordable to Vermont families.

Mr. Kelly, I read your opinion in the paper and my question for you is what do you know about women’s lives and experience? What is your goal by restricting abortion? When you have a vagina and uterus, when your body can be violated and impregnated, when your future and autonomy can be compr…

As the legislative session winds down, it is time for soul searching. I find myself reflecting on the meaning of politics and, more so, the politics of meaning.

What should a fair federal taxation system look like? I’ll explore that conceptually here.

The Vermont House is, for the seventh time over 37 years, trying to enact a primary seat belt law for drivers age 18-plus. Worse yet, this time, its backers are trying to slip their cherished bill through where it won’t be noticed. Fortunately, it’s been noticed. Here, in Q & A format, i…

As I sat down to the first night Passover Seder I attended on campus, I was offered a sheet with four recommended discussion questions. One question stood out to my friends and me: What enslaves you? We laughed over it at the time, at the sometimes-dark Jewish humor of the discussion of how …

Trump, Putin, long phone call, no collusion, political cartoon

Reproductive justice stands at the intersection of health, dignity, economic justice and human rights. At Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE), we think a lot about the need to raise the minimum wage in Vermont. When we advocate for reproductive justice, we’re not only focusing…

As a pediatrician, every day I talk with the parents of young children about the risks of lead poisoning. I explain to them lead is a potent neurotoxin that causes IQ loss and developmental damage even at very low levels and as an adult, it can cause reproductive harm, high blood pressure an…

Our Legislature is considering new laws that will make it official — Vermont approves abortion without any limits. At the same time, Vermont is considering granting the right to vote to non-citizens who reside in Montpelier — compassion arguably misplaced for the non-citizen, while officiall…

The possibility that lead in school drinking water is derailing the development of my children’s brains shouldn’t be something I have to worry about. But it is.

For our children, please contact your state representative to advocate for Act S.40: “An Act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities.”

Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser asked me to clarify a term I used in my recent op-ed, calling Montpelier Executive Director Dan Groberg a “city official.” While I never actually used Groberg’s name in the commentary, it was implied, by circumstance, that he was complicit in an ongoing de…

Editor's note: For more than 15 years now, Burr Morse has been gracing our editorial page nearly every week with his thoughtful whittlin's. Through his folksy voice, we have come to learn volumes about his life as a Vermonter, a businessman, a musician, and a heck of a nice guy. We've even s…

The F-16s have left and the F-35s are scheduled to begin arriving in Vermont this fall. For about five months, this part of the country is left without the protection by the Air National Guard from incoming threats. Interesting. This brings up the question — was it necessary and crucial that…

Day 137. As I write this, it’s been 137 days since my 23-year-old son, Andrew Black, walked into a gun store, bought a handgun, drove home and within hours, shot himself. On Day 3, we wrote an obituary, suggesting a way to honor Andrew would be to call your local representative asking for a …

Over and over again, we have seen committee rooms and panels full of mostly white men making decisions about women’s access to basic reproductive health care. This has devastating and sometimes deadly consequences for women and the choices they can make about their own bodies, especially for…

The Central Vermont New Directions Coalition has been providing substance misuse education in Washington County since 1998. For more than 20 years, we have educated youth, community members and policymakers about things that can help people make healthy choices about substances like tobacco,…

I was as dug in at home plate as I could be, especially on asphalt, but remained relaxed — “in the zone” before there was such a thing, waiting on a moment I’d been visualizing in my adolescent brain for the last 15 minutes. As the pitcher released the ball, I picked up the rotation almost i…

There have been many commentaries written about global warming and how critical it is that we work to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And justly so, as we can already witness catastrophic events happening all over the world, including now also in the United States.

The Black family, of Essex, had an empty chair at their table this holiday weekend. So did 477 other Vermont families who have lost a loved one to suicide since 2011. This public health crisis is ravaging Vermont’s families and communities.

As Montpelier’s director of Planning & Community Development, I would like to provide some information about issues related to the parking garage appeal in the Environmental Division of Vermont Superior Court. My office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the adopted…

Did you see the news last week where a researcher in Japan determined that cats actually recognize their own name? Apparently, these sneaky animals have been faking that they don’t understand us all along. You might say the cat’s out of the bag.

Facts are in short supply these days, so we were disappointed to read Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser’s commentary published April 17 where he said his intention was to “clarified the facts” surrounding the controversy over the proposed municipal parking garage.

Over the past 28 years as a practitioner and teacher of primary care pediatrics at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, and as a member of Vermont’s Child Fatality Review Team, I have had the opportunity to learn much about suicide and gun violence prevention. I have seen more than I wish I had…

I grew up in a small town outside Vienna, Austria, where there is a generous paid family and leave benefit available to all workers to allow them time to care for their children and loved ones, no matter where they work.

There has been much discussion in local newspapers and electronic forums about the city of Montpelier’s proposed parking garage/hotel project, as well as the related permit appeal. City and hotel officials have refrained from making public comments while potential settlement negotiations hav…