Editorials

Vermont stands up for all its students

The recent decision by our current president to reverse guidance protecting the rights of transgender students from discrimination is just another example of how the far right is attempting to turn back the clock on progress in the United …

Scott's housing plans are, mostly, on point

Governor Phil Scott announced Friday several strategies aimed at improving the amount of affordable housing in Vermont. With the exception of the provision that would remove Act 250 oversight from rental properties, we agree with him.Scott's plan …

House recount not likely to end well for Dems, Progressives

After hours of debate in committee and on the floor, Vermont House approved a new recount by a panel of members. That followed a petition from five-term incumbent Rep. Susan Hatch Davis, P-Washington, for a rare recount by the House, when she …
Letters
Letter: No town is an island

Editor of the Reformer:I feel indebted to the voters of Dummerston who voted twice against the departure of Vernon from the current WSESU public school structure. Because of that vote there will be an opportunity for serious discussion of Act 46 at …

Letter: What am I missing

Editor of the Reformer:I am writing in response to "Responding to the Opiate Crisis" (Feb. 21). Select Board Chairman David Gartenstein, who is also a Windham County Deputy State's Attorney, is quoted as saying that we'd be better off concentrating …

Letters: Seeking your vote

Editor of the Reformer:My name is Robin Morgan and I'd like to notify Brattleboro voters of my write-in campaign for a one-year term on the Brattleboro School Board. As a involved parent of two children currently attending public school in …

Letter: What is important for Vermonters?

Editor of the Reformer:What is really important for Vermonters? This question came up recently regards the legalization of marijuana in the Vermont Legislature. Governor Scott stated that he is opposed to legalization of marijuana and believes that …

Letter: Trump jeopardizing national security

Editor of the Reformer:As a former Naval Intelligence officer, I am concerned with the Administration's adverse impact on our national security.It appears Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials …

Letter: Insurance program supports small business, Vermont economy

Editor of the Reformer:I've been the owner of New Ground Creative in Brattleboro for the past 4.5 years. We are an spunky five-person team of creatives who work with mission-driven nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses with heart to …

Letter: Thank you for the Facts

Editor of the Reformer:Thank you for the "Fact Check" article from the Associated Press today (Feb. 17). The format is emblematic of perhaps the greatest struggle in our country today, "Trump vs The Facts." The American people will be the biggest …

Letters: Your thanks

Editor of the Reformer:We want to thank everyone who donated to "Trees For Troops" this past season either at our Christmas Tree farm, through our promotion efforts or by other means. You were part of a very special effort to bring the holiday …

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Columnists
Gardening: Hedges make great windbreaks for winter

Although I've never read a scientific paper on the value of hedges for garden plants, my personal theory is that they are beneficial, particularly in winter. They break the cold winter winds that damage flower buds on trees and shrubs in cold times …

Balint: It's time to admit who the real monster is

There were many shocking moments in the 45th president's undisciplined 77-minute press pummeling the other day.To call it a "conference" would be to erroneously imply a dialogue or discussion. Instead, Trump continued his dark, authoritarian attack …

Commentary: Good jobs are begging for skilled workers

We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It's a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill …

Commentary: Are Americans being abused in Trump era?

It just might be possible that Americans have become the object of the most unique case of domestic abuse ever experienced. When we think of domestic abuse we usually have an image of one person reigning terror on one or only a few people. But in …

Education Matters: Thoughts on the Brattleboro school budget process

I have a bit of a confession to make to all of you who follow me in my role as a school board chair: I really don't like the whole budgeting process. I said yes to being on the school board, because I cared about what our kids were being taught, and …

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