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A recent report that shows a dramatic increase in Vermont traffic fatalities during the first quarter of 2017 should set off alarm bells.Between Jan. 1 and March 31, 16 people died as a result of 14 crashes, state records show. That's the highest … more
Civil engineers have been warning us for decades that our nation's infrastructure is in desperate need of a major investment to fix crumbling roads and bridges, inadequate public transit systems, and failing wastewater facilities.According to the … more
Friday, hoping to spur the House into some sort of action, the Senate voted to pass an amendment that would legalize marijuana and create a market for its regulation, sale and taxation. The House will likely do nothing of the sort, preferring to … more
The "war on journalism" being waged by our current president, his enablers and the Republican party hit rather close to home this week when a freelancer from Keene, N.H., received threats and disparaging comments, sometimes vile, via email and … 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
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
Never say "never," especially when "later" works just as well and is harder to argue against.The House was scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would have decriminalized possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and would have let Vermonters … 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
The wrangle between supporters of private schools in Vermont and the State Board of Education, which proposes revised rules for those that accept public tuition money, continues to play out like a lingering Cold War.Another flash-point in this long, … more
Numerous economic development reports in recent years have highlighted the need to curb Vermont's declining population of younger workers, many of whom are leaving because they can't find good-paying jobs. Meanwhile, employers say there are … more
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