Although “As Alabama Goes, so Goes the Nation” has never been a thing, nor should it be, it turns out that it’s precisely what will happen if Christian conservatives have their way, and at this point, it seems as though they very well might. The state’s recent criminalizing of abortion, whic…

Two months ago, I told Vermont legislators the story of how I lost my job, my life savings and my apartment after I lost access to child care.

There is a free college tuition program that still is one of the best-kept secrets in Vermont. Did you know that Vermont students interested in STEM careers can go to college AND finish their high school degree at the same time? Tuition free?

An expert in farming has put forth a bold idea to save the dairy industry: Get out of it.

This spring, a settlement was reached between the state of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont’s Toxics Action Center office, and the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen-Pittsford Insect Control District, where I live.

It is thought-provoking when, in the course of offering advice to graduates, speakers have to continually add tolerance and civility to the list.

The “Peacham carve-out” in the state’s budget (it’s Sec. E. 505 of the 117-page bill) is a telling insight on the wind-down of the state’s effort to consolidate Vermont’s schools. The town name “Peacham” is nowhere to be found in what legislators term “the Big Bill,” but the carve-out is all…

The election season of 2020, already starting, is going to bring a number of vexing issues to the surface in the not-so-united United States. One of these issues will definitely be the separation of church and state. The proverbial writing is on the wall. The religious extreme right, many of…

We’ve talked about the polluting effects of too much CO2 in the atmosphere since the mid 1960s, when Lyndon Johnson was president. Bill McKibben, in 1989, introduced us to the “End of Nature.” And the IPCC, in 2019, gave us a decade to stop burning fossil fuel, or else … Or else we will have…

Vermont has an opportunity to be the first in the nation to enact a constitutional amendment that will enshrine in our constitution equal educational opportunity for Vermont’s kids. The Vermont General Assembly this year has passed a constitutional amendment which provides a model for the Ki…

Summer is a magical season for kids — a time when they finally get to make many of their own decisions. Except when it comes to reading. This summer, millions of children will be slogging through a school-assigned reading list. And that may not be such a good thing.

It’s a safe bet that no matter where one finds themselves in Vermont, they’re not too far away from a Vermont food co-op. Boasting the highest number of stores per capita, Vermont’s 15 food co-ops have established themselves as pillars of their communities, along with being drivers of the st…

My son, Will, and I were rolling north on an Arkansas highway in his silver Silverado. “Wow!” I said. “Look how black the sky is up ahead there.”

In 2013, Jack Gierzynski wrote a book that looked at the effect the Millennial Generation (1982-2002) had on the 2008 election. The University of Vermont political science professor looked at how the Harry Potter series impacted political views and thinking.

We often recall where we were when significant, or simply memorable, events occurred: for baby boomers, for example, the John F. Kennedy assassination (high school math class, interrupted, politely but insistently, by the school principal, a German Holocaust refugee who fully comprehended th…

The Department of Defense’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review contained a message of enormous significance for Vermonters. It designated the F-35 as a part of its strategic nuclear bomber force. This is the first time a fighter has been so designated. That makes the F-35 completely different from …

An old man stands at the sink in his kitchen, mixing a batch of pudding to be poured over some banana slices in a graham cracker crust and stuck into the refrigerator for an hour. His little dog, ever alert for a bit of good fortune, sits attentively at his left knee. For these 5 minutes or …

Late snowmelt delayed the transition to spring after a long winter. The six months from November to April were very wet across the Northeast. For Vermont, this was the fourth-wettest April on record, and we have had another 5 inches of rain in May. The leaf-out of maples was delayed a week o…

On Sunday, May 19, I attended a tragic-happy event: the graduation of my grandson from Vermont’s Green Mountain College that, after 185 years, was closing its doors — his being the last graduating class. It seemed incomprehensible that an established institution in a generally progressive st…

While national studies suggest Vermont is among the healthiest states in the nation, there are still some areas where improvement is necessary. Mental health is top among them.

Like many other northern New England cities, Montpelier has a river running through it. The Winooski was once a wild phenomenon of nature. It was cherished by the indigenous Native Americans and respected for its life-giving waters. Montpelier underwent earlier levels of development and occu…

Tariffs aren’t the most riveting topic we discuss in history class. They lack the drama and moment of Lexington and Concord, they don’t measure up to the Declaration of Independence in reasoning or soaring rhetoric, and the tariff stories I tell my students pale in comparison to the sacrific…

My very good friend, John M. Mitchell, died at 80 on March 28 in Rutland. He was the CEO of Swiss-owned Omya’s North American operations, managed from Proctor, until his retirement in 2000, and a founding director of the Ethan Allen Institute in 1993.

The decision to have a safe and legal abortion is under threat. Recently, the state of Alabama ruled to outlaw almost all abortions — including in cases of rape or incest. It is one of the chilling indicators of Roe v. Wade’s fragility.

Now that the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has ended, I imagine most fans were harboring hopes that things would turn out well for the remaining heroes in Westeros.

In The Times of Israel on Sunday, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quoted as saying, “We do not seek war. But Iran’s 40 years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities, and taking American hostages is a constant reminder that we must defend ourselves.”

Over the last couple of weeks, two disturbing things happened that might not, at first glance, seem to be related but, unfortunately, they are. They were separated by 6,500 miles but, nonetheless, they are closely entwined. That mileage is the distance between Jerusalem and the Christian Ret…

We live in challenging and divisive times. We are witnessing a seismic shift in the social and political landscape of our nation — poising us for a debate that will test principles and tear at the fabric of rights.

Farmers are always facing change. Change is challenging. From wild weather swings to global market forces, farmers are always riding stormy seas.

Twenty-four growers from around Vermont were interviewed in January 2017 as part of Salvation Farms’ research. The goal was to better understand growers’ perspectives and insights into how best to reduce food loss on Vermont farms. A report detailing these perspectives has recently been rele…

Paraphrasing Shakespeare’s The Tempest, “politics makes strange bedfellows” has become the go-to personification of the irony where illogical partners, even adversaries, find themselves working together. That decades of tantalizing Republican foreplay, laser focused on acquiring and retainin…

Vermont has a valuable asset when it comes to tackling the climate crisis: energy efficiency. For decades, Vermont has been a leader on efficiency. We were one of the first states to fully incorporate energy efficiency into our planning and energy decisions, and to ensure everyone in the sta…

In the last few weeks, as measles outbreaks have been reported around the nation, a small band of Vermonters opposed to immunizations has been frequently quoted or has submitted commentaries to news organizations around the state.

As a student of environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, I come from a background of running a small business with my husband’s family. This semester, as a legislative intern for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, I have had the pleasure (and sometimes frustration) of sitting …

I’ve never hidden from my students that they’re at the heart of why I’ve enjoyed being a teacher. I’ve plainly enjoyed their company, and I’ve told them so. I’ve shared stories and ideas that were mine and passed along stories and ideas that were handed down to me. I’ve laughed with them, la…

There is a good chance Elizabeth Warren will be a 2020 candidate for either president or vice president. On account of this, I just read her 2003 book, “The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke.” A second edition came out in 2016. It is a sobering read, and it ca…

Why do so many over-worked, under-paid, working poor and middle-class Americans, whose real wages have not risen since the 1980s, tolerate this weird, one-sided social arrangement they have going with the corporate elite? An arrangement in which this group of Americans are clearly the losers.

It is sad to say this country of ours is well-populated with people and organizations that are often scofflaws and lawbreakers. On the gentler side of that group are those who are immoral and unprincipled, not necessarily illegal, in their dealings with their fellow Americans. On the other s…

Travel Matters — That is the motto of this week’s National Travel and Tourism Week, a week Vermonters should use to celebrate the industry that is absolutely critical to our success as a state, economically and otherwise. From the millions of dollars in tax revenue the industry generates ($3…

Members of Citizens Against Nuclear Bombers in Vermont are not misguided in raising concerns over efforts to bring the F-35 into the state. In fact, the case they make feels worthy of serious consideration.

Forty-nine years ago, April 22 was set aside as Earth Day — a worldwide observance to encourage environmental stewardship. At the time of its creation in 1970, the environmental movement was still in its infancy. Pollution was largely unregulated, leaving people, the land and water vulnerabl…

One of the smartest investments Vermont can make as a state is in the weatherization of our homes and businesses. Our old housing and building stock means that too much of Vermonters’ hard-earned money ends up going up the chimney or out the door. Our Legislature is currently considering inc…

As a mother living in a community impacted by toxic PFAS contamination, I strongly support pending Vermont legislation to hold polluters accountable (S.37) for the harm they cause.