Editorials

Agenda of New Hampshire's governor leaves some people scratching their heads

We suspected that New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu might have an agenda problem, or maybe a hidden agenda, when his first legislative initiative was right-to-work legislation. While right-to-work is a darling of the Koch brothers and kindred spirits, …

Our opinion: An exceptional bridge for a spectacular view

During Tuesday's dedication ceremony for the new I-91 bridge in Brattleboro, one speaker after the next agreed on two major points: The project was more arduous than anyone anticipated, but the end result is a beautiful span that will last for …

'Fraud commission' is nothing more than voter suppression

Yesterday, New Hampshire, which has seen more than its share of hucksters over the years, welcomed another carnival barker.Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and the vice-chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election …
Letters
Letter: Where is the editor?

Editor of the Reformer:At the end of Harmony Birch's article interviewing Nick Kiel, the son of Jack Kiel, who created the McGruff the Crime Dog character, she refers (three times), to the elder Mr. Kiel's association with "Dick Cabot." I assumed …

Letter: Brattleboro can lead Vermont's energy future

Editor of the Reformer:Maintaining and improving Brattleboro for the future means cooperation among many of us wearing many hats — as citizens, business owners, consumers, residents, elected officials, and simply human beings, we make choices …

Letter: Kudos to Balint

Editor of the Reformer:Just want to give a high five for Ms. Balint's excellent, thoughtful, and even helpful article, "Red Meat and Scapegoats," on Sept. 15. This was written with a calm understanding of the issues, and a perceived desire to …

Letter: 'Wanton killing' is unacceptable

Editor of the Reformer:UVM's Center for Rural Studies included the following question in their 2017 Vermonter Poll: "Vermont wildlife policies allow certain species, including coyotes, crows, porcupines, skunks and weasels to be killed without limit …

Letter: Could Medicare for all work?

Editor of the Reformer:In 2009, I was sitting on a small sailboat, T2 in Nassau Harbor, Bahamas, during a storm. I was listening to a radio show in which they were discussing national health insurance. It was explained how everyone would be covered …

Letter: Meetings set to discuss public safety

Editor of the Reformer: One of the topics covered by Senate Government Operations is public safety.As chairwoman of that committee, I realize that over the past years, many studies have been done concerning law enforcement/public safety in the state …

Letter: Clean up VY without delay

Editor of the Reformer:The latest environmental site assessment at Vermont Yankee ("No new pollution at Vermont Yankee," Aug. 30) is good news for Windham County. It provides even more documented evidence that the site is ready for decommissioning. …

Letter: The time for skepticism and denial is past

Editor of the Reformer:Now that we have experienced two record-breaking hurricanes in a row (with a third possibly on the way), perhaps it's time our president and his administration begin to take climate science seriously.Scientists have warned for …

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Columnists
Commentary: The new norm just isn't normal

By now it's not clear when this thing might end. But what is clear is that Sir Tweets a Lot is off his meds and has flipped that switch to common decency to the off position. His constant boorish behavior and adolescent antics on social media have …

NorthStar process: due diligence with a hopeful outcome

Vermont has an excellent opportunity for new economic development, thanks to NorthStar's plan to decommission Vermont Yankee. Historically, Vermonters have worked hard to preserve our natural resources, and the cost of doing business here is …

'We are still here': Abenaki tribal statement regarding Indigenous Peoples' Day

In many people's minds, the blessings of a bountiful life in a place like the United States of America were made possible by the exploration and colonization ushered in by Christopher Columbus. However, this view is only one story of many.This …

Commentary: Red meat and scapegoats

A woman approached me at my kids' school the other day. We know each other only from meetings around town; I don't think we'd ever spoken one-on-one. But something compelled her to move beyond her shyness and reserve. I was instantly curious.She …

Commentary: The clowns are running the circus

Many of us are having a hard time accepting the fact that we have a mentally unstable, narcissistic bully for a President (calling him a clown would be disrespectful to clowns) and we feel helpless to do anything about it. But there is some glimmer …

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