Editorials

Leave partisan game playing out of health care

We are tempted, today, to paraphrase the late Rodney King: can't they all just get along?"They" are, as ever, congressional Republicans and Democrats. As the experience of recent years has shown, hyper-partisan governance just doesn't work. Nowhere …

Are we alone in the universe?

There's a heated debate in certain circles with potentially profound implications for the future of humanity — or, potentially, with as little import as those medieval considerations of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.It …

Policy restricts your right to know

The Vermont State Police have a difficult job, and we respect the work they do.But the state police public affairs officers should not be the sole arbiters of what information you should or should not have when it comes to crimes, motor vehicle …
Letters
Letter: Support our newest citizens

Editor of the Reformer:This year has seen a shocking escalation of an anti-immigrant agenda. Families and communities are being ripped apart. Even people who have called our country home for years are living in fear.The United States was founded by …

Letter: Let the process work

Editor of the Reformer: After reading the details of Mike Faher's July 9 story, "Anti-nuclear group doubts clean-up plan," it is clear the New England Coalition, a long-time antagonist of nuclear power, is skeptical of NorthStar's ability to …

Letter: More signs needed

Editor of the Reformer: As I drive on Guilford St, (the section near Memorial Park) for the third time today, I am struck once again by the impact of the hand-made signs that remind us of the 25-mile speed limit. Now, I always slow down to 25 mph. I …

Letters: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:Like other members of the Putney Community Garden, I was heartbroken after last week's hail storm to see that my garden was largely devastated just as the plants were beginning to thrive. As the word spread, good neighbors …

Letter: A humble salute to firefighters

Editor of the Reformer:In the last week of May, the South Newfane/Williamsville Fire Department members decided to cease operations. The SNWFD was formed in 1946 by Barret Bush, Cheney Williams, Mert Coleman, and Bernard Stone.For me, I am saddened …

Letter: We must end the system that creates poverty

Editor of the Reformer:Regarding "Brattleboro seeks panhandling solutions," this article could've been titled, "Area Property Holders Maintain: People Who's Basic Needs Go Unmet Are the Real Problem Here" or perhaps, "Locals with Power to Select …

Letter: Respect for the President

Editor of the Reformer:My name is Michael W. Tudda, a local USN Veteran and I proudly voted for The 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump.Quick note, he won, and won fair and square. Hillary, is not President, and will not …

Letter: A look back at our origins

Editor of the Reformer:We cannot escape our origins,However hard we might try,Those origins contain the key-could we but find it-to all that we later become.     — James Baldwin, "Notes of a Native Son"Is he speaking …

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Columnists
Recent editorial on State Police info policy 'is simply false'

In response to a recent editorial ("Policy restricts your right to know," July 21), I would like to provide your readers with accurate information regarding the Vermont State Police press policy.The Vermont State Police is fully committed to …

Commentary: Freedom and community revisited

Over the holiday weekend, rummaging through old file boxes in the barn, I came across a folder of my five-minute commentaries aired on WDEV radio 30 years ago. Most of them dealt with issues now long forgotten, but the final one in 1988, entitled …

Commentary: Listen, it's a disorder, OK?

My fiancee's "Mother by Marriage" and I have something in common that is part funny, part scary. We celebrated Susan's 75th birthday at our house yesterday. My fiancee came up with the idea to get Susan's son from Santa Rosa California to fly out …

Fraud Watch: Protecting yourself from and responding to fraud

There's a scammer out, in the neighborhood! Who you gonna call? Fraud busters! Too bad it isn't that simple.Fraud and scams are on the rise and most people too often are overwhelmed by the complexity and sophistication of what seem like endless …

Commentary: The story of the hummingbird

Wanda Salter is a school-based speech language pathologist who has chosen to share her skills with a remote part of the world. After a February 2016 trip to Kenya with the Brattleboro Interfaith Group, she was inspired to do more for a third world …

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