Editorials

Keep bears safe by keeping food out of reach

Recent studies show the bear population in Vermont is doing quite well. Biologists from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department estimate the state's "large and healthy" bear population at about 6,000 animals, which is at the upper end of the …

The BOE has a point; the schools have one too

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, …

A victory for Vermont and the nation

The American Health Care Act — President Donald J. Trump's and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's rapidly advanced bid to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, best known as "Obamacare" — has been pronounced dead.According to the New …
Letters
Letter: VSEA supports game wardens

Editor of the Reformer: I write today in response to a letter from Etan Nasreddin-Longo that was recently published in your paper. It concerned Vermont Game Wardens' fight to be compensated equal to other Vermont sworn law enforcement. He writes …

Letter: It's only fire

Editor of the ReformerHow many times in my 30-year career as a chimney sweep have I heard a customer say "Ahhhh, it's been that way for 20 years, never had a problem ..."? More times than I care to remember. However, with the recent upsurge of …

Letter: It looks bad

Editor of the Reformer:Perhaps the leaders of the town of Vernon who are so focused on how things look and what people will think of their town would appreciate an outsider's perspective.It looks bad when an elected official personally and …

Letter: Hyperbole? Time will tell

Editor of the Reformer:The recent arrests of immigrant activists in the state of Vermont by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are unacceptable. They are anti-community actions performed by a hostile federal force that has displayed no respect for …

Letter: Wonderful answers

Editor of the Reformer: How many have wondered out loud, or pondered quietly, "What is going on at The First Baptist Church?" If anyone asked me, I'd reply, "Great and wonderful answers to prayer!" Yes, our church building has been sold to a local …

Letter: Support Pisgah State Park

Editor of the Reformer:Pisgah State Park has been discovered. On weekends, the various trailhead parking lots are bristling with cars from in-state or from Vermont; many sport Massachusetts plates.Increasing use is increasing the burden on the New …

Letter: Most merchants support bag ban

Editors of the Reformer:Brattleboro residents are urging the Brattleboro Selectboard to ban plastic bags from retail establishments in town. In a recent editorial (March107) by the Brattleboro Reformer, it was stated that the opposition to a new …

Letter: Your turn, Reformer

Editor of the Reformer:Thank you for your editorial in support of the carry-out plastic bag ban in Brattleboro. This is an important and overdue change that will greatly reduce the generation of plastic trash and litter. Given your position, I ask …

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Columnists
Another View: The first battle in a long war

Last week's demise of the Trump and Republicans' effort to ruin the lives of too many Americans was only the first war in a long battle. The years-long battle to get rid of Obamacare has finally come to an end. But this will not be the end of …

Notes from Montpelier: Bill improves working conditions for pregnant women

This crossover week was marked by many hours spent of the Floor of the House. Again, a wide variety of bills came before us as we worked our way through the daily calendars. A couple of the bills required significant debate. One of those was a bill …

Education Matters: I've seen it before

The ice is cold, but the players don't seem to mind. They are racing down the rink, chasing the puck as they whack it back and forth with wild enthusiasm. It's a double header tonight, girls hockey followed by boys. From the packed parking lot, it …

Braden: Put away your anger and practice joyful resistance

The rise in activism we've seen since the election has the potential to be a truly transformative force in our society — but only if we can all keep it up. Our challenge as individuals and as a community is to find a way to make it …

Another View: Overcharging older Americans will not fix healthcare system

By Greg MarchildonIf you were to ask a typical Vermont resident how to fix health care in America, you can be sure [he/she] would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage.Yet Congress is now …

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