Editorials

Editorial: As security partners, Japan and the US must be prepared for unforeseen circumstances.

The Japan-U.S. alliance's unity and strong determination to deal with the increasing threat from North Korea has taken on great significance.In Washington, the Japanese and U.S. governments held a Security Consultative Committee meeting, known as …

Editorial: Curation of public spaces should be in service of the truth

With astonishing rapidity, the violent events at Charlottesville, Virginia, have accelerated an already intense debate over what to do with hundreds of Confederate monuments and related statuary across the United States.After officials removed four …

Our Opinion: Be a human being and ask for help

Vermonters were once again reminded of the toll domestic violence takes on families on July 27 in Maidstone when an estranged husband, Jason McLain, fatally wounded his wife, Molly McLain, before taking his own life."It touches all corners of …
Letters
Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:The children of Laura L. Dutton Howe and their respective spouses would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Valley Cares in Townshend for the loving care she received there. In the five years our mother resided at …

Letter: It's bass-ic

Editor of the Reformer:Not sure why I don't just laugh and keep going, But it was the same mistake as last year. No, there is not a room full of cello players at the jazz workshop. The instrument is called a double bass, or an acoustic bass, or a …

Letter: Reject hate

Editor of the Reformer:We, the members of the Windham County Legislative Delegation of Vermont, decry the hatred and violence that happened in Charlottesville this past weekend.We wholeheartedly condemn the racism, white supremacism, anti-Semitism, …

Letter: It's easy

Editor of the Reformer:Hell is getting ready to freeze over. Get your jacket and mittens. Get your skate shoes and board, because the Brattleboro Skatepark Is Coming. I went down and skated the new North Adams, Massachusetts concrete skatepark last …

Letter: Serving the community

Editor of the Reformer:I just read the article about the winter overflow shelter's temporary move to the Prouty campus (Aug. 15). I'm impressed by the partner organizations' plans to make this work for the homeless clients as well as for the other …

Letter: Education matters

Editor of the ReformerI am always very interested in reading Jill Stahl Tyler's Education Matters columns. Here's why.The Monday after graduating from high school in Springfield, Mass., in 1929, I went to work in a hardware store. I had wanted to go …

Letter: Compassion, not judgement

Editor of the Reformer: I am dismayed and shocked by the approach and attitude described in "There Should be No Regrets in Dying Time," by Deborah Alecson (Aug. 7). The most important quality when working with the dying — in fact when working …

Letter: A dire threat to Gulf life

Editor of the Reformer:The Washington Post reports that the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is now larger than ever — the size of New Jersey, dwarfing the infamous Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.Dead zones — where no aquatic life …

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Zlody: New Netflix serial helps explain life with autism

Netflix hits all the right notes in its new series, "Atypical," which takes a much-needed and welcomed look at what it's like to have autism.I know because I live with autism. In a world where the autism spectrum remains a mystery to many, the show …

Smith: A flawed policy at Public Safety Department

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has earned two reputations of late — one good and the other bad.First, the good reputation: The department recruits and employs dedicated public servants who are willing to put themselves in harm's way …

Mudgett: Knowing what is flying by

I'm one of those idiots who always looks up when an airplane is flying over. I've been doing it my entire life. I like aircraft and I'm still fascinated by flight. I'm not interested in getting my pilot's license primarily because I don't have a …

Commentary: Brattleboro Retreat's new strategic plan illuminates issues important to the community

For nearly 200 years the Brattleboro Retreat has been a valuable healthcare resource and an important economic driver here in southern Vermont. That's why one of my primary goals as hospital CEO is to ensure that the decisions we make today will …

Davis: A political fantasy

The world has reason to fear that we may be on the brink of a nuclear war between two countries led by mentally deranged leaders. In order to preserve a bit of peace of mind I have retreated into a make-believe world where a solution to this mess …

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