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Early in the presidential race, many political analysts were eager to write off the two most progressive candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had taken the party establishment by surprise in 2016, they argued, but he wouldn’t be able to replicate his su…

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For Vermonters who share a 40-year history with Bernie Sanders last night’s debate was important in that he looked healthy, he was warm in thanking those who thought of him during his convalescence, and he was able to put to work his wit and humor. For anyone expecting his support to dissipa…

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When the Legislature returns in January one of the lingering “objectives” is to figure out how to establish a retail market for the sale of cannabis in Vermont.

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A new report from the National Audubon Society, “Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink,” describes the profound impact the climate crisis will have on North American bird species. This report comes on the heels of the youth-led and inspired Global Climate Strike just two weeks a…

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A week ago, President Donald Trump shocked Washington and announced he wouldn’t impede an imminent Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria. Now, in the space of just a few days, his administration is already reaping what it sowed.

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It’s a performance Bernie Sanders thought he’d never have to give. Tonight, two week after having suffered a heart attack, he’s going to have to prove to those watching the televised debate, that his health is good enough to be president.

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The most demanding job in state government is running the Agency of Human Services, which normally means it’s a one-time experience. Agreeing to serve in the position twice is usually a sign of being unemployable, or being a glutton for punishment.

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Imagine a landowner and a County Forester walking in the woods. They’re standing in the middle of a grove of mixed hardwoods. Interspersed within the numerous brown and grey trunks are softer hues of birch trees. The County Forester offers the landowner tips to manage her 300-acre woodlot. F…

The push is on, again, to reduce Vermont’s prison population. The goal, as proposed by the American Civil Liberties Union, is to shed another 500 inmates. If successful, the result would be 1,000 fewer inmates since 2009, when 2,200 people in Vermont were behind bars.

As a Vermonter I’m kinda sad to read about Bernie and his heart attack and his decision to dial back his campaign; it’s not that often that we have a political candidate on the national level, with an international reputation. We had Howard Dean, but he stormed his way all the distance to Io…

One of the persistent complaints in Vermont is the cost of housing, the quality thereof, and the property taxes that come with it. We talk about it. Endlessly. But we don’t do anything about it. Where’s the creative thought?

Members of Vermont’s AFL-CIO changed course mid-September and elected a slated of leaders that has vowed to be more progressive in its politics and less forgiving to those who do not toe their line.

In John McClaughry's letter about climate change, he claims that the "rights of others" are being trampled on by climate change protesters who disrupted a parade in Brattleboro and held up traffic in Montpelier. Although the marches/demonstrations did cause some inconveniences, citizen actio…

I am writing in response to Pete Gummere’s letter in the September 5 Messenger, in which he castigates the UVM Medical Center for so-far-unproven allegations that the hospital violated new protections for health care providers. Those 'protections' were generated by the Trump administration’s…

Please allow me to join the many in expressing my appreciation to Dave Kimel for his outstanding work at Collins Perley. Who knows how many adults and children’s lives have been impacted by his dedication, and leadership at this wonderful St. Albans facility. Public servants of this quality …

The recent revelations by the Civil Rights Office at US Health and Human Services in which a nurse was reportedly compelled under pain of a loss of employment and potential loss of a nursing license to assist in an elective abortion procedure in violation of her conscience are nothing shy of…

Is it me, an aging spinster? Am I the only one apparently frozen in time? Does no one else have their jaw drop when they read about our presidential candidates proposing trillion dollar programs, whether it’s climate change, or Medicare for All, or the nation’s infrastructure, or forgiving a…

As reported by VTDigger, I testified briefly before the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee on July 29 and discussed a few issues arising from our audit of the St. Albans Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and subsequent actions by the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC). I promise…

f climate change is the existential threat to the planet that we are told, then the cost to protect us almost seems irrelevant. When its expense is brought up, the $16 trillion - plus, the response should be: “Expensive? Expensive compared to what? Complete destruction?”

If climate change is the existential threat to the planet that we are told, then the cost to protect us almost seems irrelevant. When its expense is brought up, the $16 trillion - plus, the response should be: “Expensive? Expensive compared to what? Complete destruction?”