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We agree with Secretary of State Jim Condos that Vermont needs an open government ombudsman. An ombudsman is a government official designated to investigate complaints by citizens against public officials. In a recent column, Condos called for … more
Several years ago, a company based in Maine wanted to build a biomass/wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal at the former Green Mountain Race Track. What followed was more than a year of public hearings, permit applications, and … more
After Thursday, we'll finally get see what kind of government we're really living under here in Vermont. One that understands and values compromise, or one that emulates Washington and favors partisan brinkmanship and division. Gov. Phil Scott … more
Though the day-time temperatures have dropped considerably since Monday and Tuesday, it would behoove us, with more hot days on the way, to remember that intense heat can kill. We were reminded of this fact on Tuesday when the Brattleboro Police … more
Despite the rhetoric coming from the White House about the need to preserve the U.S. coal industry and remain tethered to fossil fuels, most people with a modicum of common sense realize that renewable energy is the better way to go. It's far … more
Whether the United States participates or not, it is clear that the Paris Climate Accord has brought the world to the doorstep of a new era of energy production and consumption. At least, we can hope that is the case.With the imperatives of climate … more
There are millions of Americans who believe in Donald Trump. They believe he has been treated unfairly by the press and establishment politicians of both parties. They believe he loves his country so much that he was willing to give up his glamorous … more
Less than a few hours after the current president announced he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and California Governor Jerry Brown announced the formation of United States Climate … more
Legislation to prevent childhood lead poisoning in New Hampshire stalled in the House Finance Committee last week. We hope Senate Bill 247 doesn't stay in legislative limbo for long.Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, even in New Hampshire where … more
If there is any truth to the old adage, "strength in numbers," then last Thursday's gathering of community service organizations was a hopeful sign that President Trump's deplorable budget proposal will land in the dustbin of history where it … more
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