Fall is here, and with it the return of another school year. The return of our students means we will again be lucky enough to spend our days educating the next generation, seeing them learn new tools and skills and watching their grins when they grasp a difficult task.

Gov. Phil Scott’s ongoing financial stake in his former business — a business that continues to seek lucrative contracts with the state — violates Vermont’s new code of ethics. That is the clear position of Vermont’s independent Ethics Commission, as stated in an advisory opinion issued earl…

I don’t know about you, but I hate to pick up a newspaper or watch the evening news.

For a century or more, politicians and economists have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human well-being.

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.

In a recent editorial in this newspaper editorial writer, Steven Pappas wrote: “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.” Further on in Pappas’ editoria…

Why are so many people from Central America trying to get into this country? Why don’t they change their own country rather than coming into ours illegally?

Despite the reported rancor around the budget in the 2018 legislative session, the Vermont Chamber had a very successful year, proving that the Republican administration and the Democratic leaders of the Legislature can work together for the betterment of Vermont’s economy. It’s important th…

According to John Nassivera in his commentary, “Of babies, bathwater and bishops," "Since 2004, there have been 3,400 abuse cases reported to the Holy See (Vatican).” I have been unable to verify this statement. He concludes that “less than 1 percent of the world's priests” have molested chi…

The last weeks of the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have been like a stomach-churning flight on the red-eye descending through a bad thunder storm. It takes all our will power to keep from getting sick. We keep asking ourselves, “Why on Earth did I ever …

I would like to know exactly what Garrison Keillor did to make it necessary to fire him from National Public Radio (and to kick him out of the Burlington Book Fair). No details, other than an approximate number of complaints and allegations, have been offered. Possibly his sins were egregiou…

The recent Vermont Agency of Natural Resources report that revealed a startling rise in Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions highlights how much work remains for us to meet Vermont’s climate-change goals. Transportation accounts for almost half of these emissions, and proposed federal rollback…

Well, hasn’t this been a week! The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of federal Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court – as rigidly stylized and foregone as any ancient Japanese Noh theater – broadcast live, have elicited millions of passionate responses…

As summer fades into fall, our focus often shifts. We turn from growing our gardens to harvesting them, and from beach time to school bus time. In the world of politics and policies, fall also brings new implementation of laws that were passed during last year’s legislative session. This yea…

For over half a century, the managers of Vermont’s public education system have yearned to consolidate school districts, get rid of “inefficient” small schools and install progressive ideas that the locals were too obtuse to grasp and implement themselves.

Hurricane Florence was on the minds of East Coast residents for several days as they waited for the inevitable, and is still on our minds as the long process of recovery begins in the Southeast.

As reported in The Times Argus, despite troubling news that elevated levels of lead have been found in the water of 16 schools in Vermont, a report recently issued by a number of state agencies declares that the state lacks the capacity to do the extensive testing necessary to determine whic…

Vermont faces a set of economic and demographic challenges that, if left unaddressed, will continue to erode communities, widen the gap between regions, and stretch the distance between poor families and wealthy families in our state.

I was in high school when the Columbine tragedy took place. It rocked my world. School was a place where I had felt safe, nurtured and engaged, even as someone who had been teased quite a bit for being awkward and different.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could only look at our household budgets in terms of our incomes and ignore the real costs? But to know how we are really doing, we have to subtract the total checks written from the total deposits made.

Vermont’s Act 148 states that no more food waste will be allowed in trash by 2020. The most logical solution is to compost that waste, which for some people is a natural process, but for others raises concerns.

How can one write a series of commentary pieces on faith and not mention the abuse scandal within the Catholic Church? Of course, the answer is one cannot. While I don’t relish the task, the task must be addressed. It won’t be easy for me to write and it won’t be easy for you to read.

Several of us, here in Vermont, had the amazing privilege to join other families from across the country to attend a weeklong family camp at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe. This is an extraordinary camp that serves adopted children of color and their families and has been in existence for mo…

While a national study released recently suggests Vermont is the healthiest state in the nation, some other studies indicate we have much to do, especially in terms of our mental health. Vermonters receive the best health care in the nation, according to a new study conducted by the Kaiser F…

We are now less than two weeks away from Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Two weeks away and the Committee has received only six percent of his total White House records according to the National Archives.  And not a single one of the records we …

The only reason Vermont has a monster landfill by the lake in Coventry is because 100 years ago dumping trash into wetlands was considered  a great way to manage solid wastes. We don’t do things that way now, but due to inattention on the part of the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), there …

The only reason Vermont has a monster landfill by the lake in Coventry is because 100 years ago dumping trash into wetlands was considered a great way to manage solid wastes. We don’t do things that way now, but due to inattention on the part of the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), there a…

When I tell people about the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance’s broad mission to reduce the impact of opioids on our communities, there is a predictable response: "Gosh, that sounds overwhelming." It’s repeated often that Vermont, and the country as a whole, is in the grips of an opioid epi…

This year, one of the most important religious events in the world falls during the month of August, the 19th through the 24th. This is the Muslim pilgrimage known as the Hajj, during which some 2 million Muslims from all over the world arrive in Saudi Arabia to participate in this annual co…

When I tell people about the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance’s broad mission to reduce the impact of opioids on our communities, there is a predictable response: “Gosh, that sounds overwhelming.”

We are now less than two weeks away from Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two weeks away, and the committee has received only six percent of his total White House records, according to the National Archives. And not a single one of the records we …

This year, one of the most important religious events in the world falls during the month of August, the 19th through the 24th. This is the Muslim pilgrimage known as the Hajj, during which some 2 million Muslims from all over the world arrive in Saudi Arabia to participate in this annual co…

For more than 20 years, AARP Vermont has been representing the interests of ratepayers in utility cases before the Vermont Public Utility Commission. It has been a long, expensive and frustrating battle. Over those two decades, AARP Vermont has stood up for consumers in a number of high prof…

Why should energy efficiency matter to Vermonters? If a recent report from the state auditor’s office has anything to say about it, it’s worth considering for the health of the state’s economic development. “Recent research explores where economic development and energy policy converge,” the…

You know that sinking feeling? The one where you think you’ve done a good job, but it turns out you didn’t. That’s the boat Vermont finds itself in right now when it comes to tackling climate change. We thought we were leading. But in fact we are falling behind. Polluting greenhouse gasses —…

For some time now, based on the charge of having a mental illness and being “a danger to self and others,” those of us with labels of psychiatric illness can be locked up for as long as the medical system says it is needed. The standard of proof is much lower than for someone who is found gu…

You know that sinking feeling? The one where you think you’ve done a good job, but it turns out you didn’t. That’s the boat Vermont finds itself in right now when it comes to tackling climate change. We thought we were leading. But in fact we are falling behind.

Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott today issued the following statement:Affordable and reliable energy is a fundamental precursor for a vibrant and competitive New Eng…

Most recent news reports of the efforts by the Conservation Law Foundation to overturn nine wastewater treatment plant permits failed to fully explore CLF’s claims. CLF’s attorney argued before the judge that the new permits would “allow for increases of actual discharges.” Here is the truth…

For more than 20 years AARP Vermont has been representing the interests of ratepayers in utility cases before the Vermont Public Utility Commission. It has been a long, expensive and frustrating battle. Over those two decades AARP Vermont has stood up for consumers in a number of high profil…

Editor’s note: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo issued the following statement:

Most recent news reports of the efforts by the Conservation Law Foundation to overturn nine wastewater treatment plant permits failed to fully explore CLF’s claims.

For some time now, based on the charge of having a mental illness and being “a danger to self and others,” those of us with labels of psychiatric illness can be locked up for as long as the medical system says it is needed. The standard of proof is much lower than for someone who is found gu…

From his first day in office, Gov. Phil Scott has made expanding our workforce and getting more Vermonters into good paying jobs the foundation of his economic mission. Putting folks into jobs we know are available in Vermont is one of the most effective ways to grow the economy.

Regularly on these pages, we report on incidents of domestic assault or domestic violence. When you read these reports, almost always, they are based on affidavits, court documents, statements or testimony. The victims are almost always women. The cases are always troubling. The circumstance…