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.

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

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

Well, the end just got a little closer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This week’s announcement that the United States, Mexico and Canada reached a new trade agreement is good news for Vermont.

Go ahead and use “qi” in a sentence. Consider it a challenge.

Recently, Vote Smart began distributing a booklet that outlines how members of Congress voted on 17 pieces of key legislation that ranged from crime and defense to the environment and taxes. The free resource is provided prior to every election. What made this particular Vote Smart booklet s…

Advocates for public access around the country are touting a federal judge’s decision last week that counters a claim by Comcast that conditions allowing it to operate in Vermont violated the cable giant’s First Amendment rights.

Got water? You're lucky. Many Vermonters do not right now, and they may not have it going into the winter months.

In recent weeks, since The New York Times published an anonymously penned guest column from a source allegedly inside the Trump White House, our editorial board has been asked what the implications might be to local journalism. The short answer: Not much. The longer answer follows.

An impending Trump administration plan could deny Clean Water Act protections to most of our nation’s wetlands and more than half of the stream miles in the lower 48 states. This rollback could be released as early as next month without further intervention or advocacy.

Our fascination with squirrels is, well, getting kind of nuts.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has joined other lawmakers in a lawsuit to compel the National Archives and the CIA to release all records involving Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his time as an associate in the White House Counsel’s office and as White House staff secretary.

Information released early this week shows that while Vermonters are healthier than many Americans around the country, we are still tracking toward more higher obesity rates and health-related issues.

In your life, you likely will never meet someone as dedicated to public service as Con Hogan. Cornelius "Con" Hogan, of Plainfield, died at his home on Sunday. He was 77. Hogan is known as a veteran policy maker for Vermont. He worked in advocacy roles in areas such as child support collecti…

In general, Americans are pretty happy about the state of the economy, which is approaching nearly a decade of sustained growth. But behind that general feeling, there is a divide. If you think the economy is doing better, you're likely a Republican. If you think it's doing more poorly, you'…

President Donald Trump spent much of the last two days distancing himself from Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. And rightly so. The rapid developments in federal court this week amounted to a breathtaking political nightmare for Trump, who is already besieged by Robert Mueller's wide-ranging…

Reports that Christine Hallquist, the nation's first transgender candidate from a major party to run for governor, has been trolled by internet stalkers and has received death threats are unfortunate testaments to our times. It is ironic at the same moment historic progress is being made, th…

Unsurprisingly, nearly every American adult has a cellphone of some kind. Globally, two-thirds of the world's population is connected by mobile devices. This milestone of 5 billion unique mobile subscribers globally was achieved in the second quarter of 2017. By 2020, almost 75 percent of th…

We have our candidates for the upcoming gubernatorial race. The race between Democrat Christine Hallquist and incumbent Phil Scott, a Republican, should prove to be an interesting and historic matchup. Hallquist is the first transgender candidate to appear in a governor's race in U.S. histor…

Editor's note: Across the nation today, U.S. newspapers and news organizations are publishing, posting or broadcasting editorials opposing press-bashing. The idea was sparked by Boston Globe editorial page editor Marjorie Pritchard. What follows is our voice in that chorus of solidarity. We …

The tragic tentacles of the opioid epidemic seem to be reaching farther than ever into our communities. We all seem to know someone whose life has been affected or touched by addiction, and its shattering consequences. It is ruinous in its lethality and indiscrimination. An article in the mo…

Today is primary day in Vermont. The summer's national headlines have diverted a lot of attention away from local and state politics. But the 2018 election cycle has become one to watch – not just at the community level, but for changes in the political landscape across the nation. Voter tur…

There's nothing insignificant about 32.5 million Americans. Statistically speaking, that number represents the percentage of U.S. citizens who are left-handed. That's a bloc worthy of attention. Just imagine if “they” actually smudged their signatures across a petition to nominate candidates…

Some business news this week makes it seem like our nation is a balloon blowing around in a field of sharp objects. We're all just waiting for the pop. Speaking at a roundtable discussion, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former Treasury Secretaries Timothy Geithner and Henry…

We all know that person who can rattle off gas prices around town. At least the two extremes: the deals and the ones to avoid. It's serious business — and not just bargain hunting. Every year, we use more gasoline than any other fuel source in the state, including electricity, according to t…

Everybody seems to have a bear story this summer. Usually, at this point, we're griping about woodchucks or deer eating gardens (and many of us are), but bears have become more of a problem this season. An article in the Weekender highlighted the overarching concern: We humans need to leave …

High and dry. The drought-like conditions we've seen this summer have been affecting lawns and certain gardens or crops. Much of the globe is also experiencing hotter-than-normal temperatures. In fact, in some corners of the world, the heat and lack of fresh water have caused deaths. Changes…

The Vermont Climate Action Commission issued its report to Gov. Phil Scott yesterday, putting forth 53 recommendations aimed at reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions and spurring economic growth. The 120-page report focuses on five areas that touch Vermonters’ everyday lives: homes a…

It is extremely fortuitous that when the region's U.S. governors and Eastern Canadian premiers meet later this month it will be here in Vermont. Gov. Phil Scott will host the regional conference in Stowe on Aug. 12-14. The heavy lifting among the region's leaders is scheduled to take place o…

This summer has been one of the best “swimming summers” in ages. While the conditions have been less than ideal for certain crops, water sports have been quite popular. This week marks Clean Water Week, which is an opportunity to celebrate Vermont’s lakes, rivers and wetlands. More than 90 b…

So, you had a day? Same here. The news — real, perceived to be fake, and actually fake — is a slog. No question. Blah. There's something to be said for maybe, sort of, kind of not wanting to log in and see what happened since the last time we logged in to see what happened. (Not much in thos…

Scrambling to soften the blow of his destructive trade wars, President Donald Trump is offering a $12 billion bailout for farmers facing retaliation from America’s trading partners hurt by his tariffs. It’s a desperation move, and it won’t do much to reverse the damage the administration has…

A report issued last week from Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer says it's nearly impossible to quantify the impact of Vermont's business incentive programs. The 73-page report, “Making Economic Development Policy: Anecdotes or Peer-reviewed Literature,” is a critical look at incentives offe…

An op-ed circulating on Twitter this week that originated in the Boston Globe makes a bold attempt to show, how in these divisive times, we actually agree on a lot. Diane Hessan, an entrepreneur, author and chairwoman of C Space, wrote about a project in which she asked 500 voters to rate 30…

Anson Tebbetts is a social media machine. The secretary for the Agency of Agriculture posts images and videos daily, showing not just what's going on around Vermont farms, but also proving just how much those farms still define our working landscape. Tebbetts, of Cabot, and his team at the a…

Let the confusion begin. And throw in some outrage. You just glanced at your hospital bill, or your choices for health care coverage? And you tried to make sense of the web that is health care financing in the United States? Well, it's not just about doctors, treatment and outcomes. There ar…

It’s absolutely shameful our president cannot bring himself to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attacks against the United States and against the principles of our democracy. We hold them dear, so why can't Donald Trump? That's the question many of our nation's leaders and citizen…

Since last autumn, a global dialogue against sexual harassment and abuse has evolved. #MeToo changed us, making the movement one of the most important conversations of this modern era. In its current form, the movement began with film executive Harvey Weinstein — or rather, with the dozens o…

We needed some good news this week. With all of the politics and posturing going on here and abroad, the headlines were welcome that all 12 members of the Wild Boar soccer team and their coach had been rescued after more than two weeks trapped inside a Thailand cave. According to media repor…

So what can the American people hope to know in the days ahead about Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s latest candidate for the Supreme Court, who will very shortly hold one of the most powerful unelected jobs in government and wield profound influence over their daily lives? An awfu…

With Republicans controlling the Senate and the judicial filibuster dead, the Democrats’ odds of denying President Donald Trump a second Supreme Court appointment are slim. Barring some unforeseen development, the president will lock in a 5-4 conservative majority, shifting the court solidly…

Louis Brandeis, an adviser to President Woodrow Wilson, once wrote, “We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Since the last presidential election cycle, this concept has become even more pronounced. Pr…

The United States is in a different place than it was just a year ago. We seem to be more polarized, fractured and angrier. We seem to be standing behind more causes and movements, and denouncing others with more vigor. We seem to be more mindful of debates but less willing to overcome the p…