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On Town Meeting Day South Burlington voters will be asked to support a proposed $210,000,000 complex for their middle school, their high school and an athletic complex, a project that will raise the property tax on a $350,000 South Burlington home by an estimated $1,500 a year for the next 3…

Zero percent. That is the percentage increase being proposed for the City of St. Albans’ municipal budget. For a state that wrestles with affordability issues, that’s a standard most Vermont communities would enjoy. It’s also a zero percent increase that’s keeping pace with the seventh year …

The City of St. Albans last week announced that Genesee & Wyoming’s American Rail Dispatching Center would be relocated in the old Fonda Container area off Lower Newton street.

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Sen. Ruth Hardy, D-Addision, has introduced a bill to create a Community College Scholarship Program that would provide tuition-free scholarships for Vermont residents attending CCV. It would, from the outset, require a $6 million appropriation.

The refrain has become routine. When Gov. Phil Scott stood before legislators Thursday to deliver his state of the state speech, he repeated what he has said before, which is that our population continues to decline and the continued decline threatens the future of our cities and towns.

The complete and absolute dysfunction we seen in Washington, D.C., is what we want to avoid in Vermont, which is the message being sent by leaders of both Vermont’s political parties as the session opens and the stage is set to deal with the state’s challenges. Whereas the tribalism in the n…

Progressive David Zuckerman has essentially made it official this week that he will announce next week he will step down as Lieutenant Governor and challenge Gov. Phil Scott for Vermont’s top political office. Within political moments of the breaking story, Senate Pro Tempore Tim Ashe, also …

The Brattleboro Retreat is a not-for-profit psychiatric and addiction treatment center that is losing money and it finds itself continually going to the state, hat in hand, asking to be bailed out. This week, Vermont Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said no.

When Vermont legislators first began serious consideration of the move to a commercial market for cannabis, those in favor offered two central reasons why it was important to do so: tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue, and the elimination of the black market. Both appear elusive.

In late December, signs proclaiming it is “okay to be anti-Semitic” were found stapled to telephone poles in St. Albans. It was the second time in the last several months such signs were displayed, and the timing was purposeful; it was in the midst of the celebration of Hanukkah.

For Vermonters following the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, his fund-raising numbers for the last quarter were nothing short of remarkable. His $34.5 million was tops among his Democratic rivals and it came on the heels of a heart attack that would have crippled most candidate…

America’s millennials have been tagged with a variety of “self-medicating” challenges including pot and prescription drugs, but, surprisingly, alcohol consumption is not one of them. Millennials, people between the ages of 22-38, are increasingly opting out of the “next day hangover” more co…

Demographics are destiny, goes the cliche, which in Vermont’s case means that if our future is to be marked by continued prosperity we will need to figure out how to do better with what we have. Vermont’s declining population twined with a sharp decline in the nation’s mobility rate present …

When the Legislature convenes in January it’s a given that legislators will be dealing with abuse issues exposed at the women’s prison in South Burlington. How legislators respond to proposed changes will determine whether Vermont’s correctional system will function any differently than it has.

We stare at our children and envy their lightness of being, like snowflakes swept along the hard edge of winter’s first breath. They are spared the cares that shadow their parent’s lives. Their Christmas orbits are drawn with the truest of lines; you are their center, and they yours.

We’ve had a busy and productive year to cap off the decade. I couldn’t be more grateful to our town staff, who work tirelessly to deliver the services and amenities we expect of Milton. Team morale is strong and we’re all ready for another exciting year of working with friends.

In the early evening hours of Dec. 19, 2019, in the U.S. House of Representatives, Donald John Trump became the third U.S. President to be impeached. As the impeachment votes were cast, Mr. Trump was in Battle Creek, Michigan, standing before 10,000 boisterous admirers, treating the impeachm…

Affordable housing continues to be a key part of any Vermont discussion when it comes to growth and the ability of the state to attract businesses and workers. Our housing stock is among the nation’s oldest, what we have is limited in numbers and is expensive, particularly in Chittenden Coun…

Burlington’s police chief Brandon del Pozo resigned from his position Monday, the victim of his own misdoing. He created an anonymous Twitter account to take on a local troll, and he lied about doing it when asked. He lost the trust.

If the state of our health is the overarching concern is it said to be, then Vermont should be able to figure out a way to parlay the state’s ranking as the nation’s healthiest state to its advantage, both within our borders and to those looking from the outside.

Last Friday, the House gave its narrow approval to a bill that would reinstate federal oversight of state election law. The vote, 228-187, was along party lines with only one Republican voting in favor. The bill, an upgrade to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, will never see the light of day. Sena…

What we know is that the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives will impeach President Trump. What we know is that the Republican-controlled Senate will not. What we know is that the president’s base will stay loyal to him, regardless. What we know is that Democrats will continue…

One of the public policy issues of our time is looking ahead to see how we can rejigger our educational system to adjust to the expected impact automation will have on the workforce. The warning is that if we don’t adjust we will run headlong into a future of greater income inequality, less …

Gov. Phil Scott and Attorney General T.J. Donovan have made it clear they will “fully investigate” allegations of physical and sexual abuse by correctional officers at the women’s prison in South Burlington. Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith, who  the governor tasked with the inv…

Gov. Phil Scott and Attorney General T.J. Donovan have made it clear they will “fully investigate” allegations of physical and sexual abuse by correctional officers at the women’s prison in South Burlington. Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith, who the governor tasked with the inve…

The state’s acting tax commission, Craig Bolio, this week informed the governor and legislative leaders that, based on the information collected, Vermonters may face a five percent increase in the property tax levied to pay for our schools, the largest increase in the last 10 years.

The Vermont Health Department has unveiled a new website called “Let’s Talk Cannabis” as the Legislature continues its work on establishing a commercial market for the drug, something expected in the next session. The website is essentially a big, yellow, diamond-shaped warning sign.

Much is being made regarding this week’s unveiling of a “climate-change simulator” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and think tank Climate Interactive. It poses a series of questions and offers several choices for the reader to pick. When the reader finishes, the simulator shows …

For senior couples who struggle to make ends meet and scratch their heads wondering why, here is some affirmation of that painful puzzle: According to the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging [part of UMass Boston] Vermont’s cost of living outpaces their ability to keep up. Fo…

About 1 in 4 elderly people will develop dementia. Many of them will be tortured by doctors. I should know: I am one of those doctors.

Vermont has long ranked at the top of the list when it comes to being healthy, one of the key reasons being that those who do the ranking give us high marks for the number of health-related programs we fund, our low crime rate, our low pollution, and high school graduation rates. Together th…

Hard’ack is arguably the largest legal billboard in Vermont, a visual invitation to the mountain itself and to the community that surrounds it. At long last, we are plumbing its potential, realizing it as an amenity — in the largest sense of the word — that distinguishes greater St. Albans a…

With the advantage of hind-sight, the no-brainer of the decade was the decision by St. Albans Town in 2014 to put in place a one percent local option tax. The tax has generated over $800,000 annually, which has provided the town a war chest from which to pay for whatever it wishes, including…

With the advantage of hind-sight, the no-brainer of the decade was the decision by St. Albans Town to put in place a one percent local option tax. The tax has generated over $800,000 annually since, which has provided the town a war chest from which to pay for whatever it wishes, including r…

Why would Michael Bloomberg, worth in excess of $50 billion, and counting, decide to enter the Democratic presidential primary at the last possible moment, with no public support and a winnowed down field with whom the public is just starting to become familiar?

Steve Howard, executive director of the Vermont State Employees Association, is being quoted as saying his 10,000 person union would not add its numbers to OneCare next year. OneCare is the accountable care organization implementing the state’s all-payer health care system.

There is a hole in the middle of Burlington they are trying to fill and are two years behind schedule. There is a scandal-plagued hole in the middle of Newport they are trying to fill. Good luck. And there is a hole in the middle of downtown St. Albans which was created several months ago, a…

Sometimes it’s better not to have a plan. That would be the case for Sen. Elizabeth Warren who felt obligated to match the progressive’s ardor for Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All plan. She has made herself politically vulnerable when there was no need; she could have refrained and kept Mr. …

The truism that you are only as good as the people leading you is being played out in St. Albans Town with selectboard chair Brendan Deso playing the lead. Gone is the weight of past litigation with the City of St. Albans over sewer and water issues. Gone is the negativity that comes with en…

“The state’s accountable care organization produced no evidence of results from some of the community health programs it invested in, according to an analysis from the state auditor’s office.”

Nothing is as nostalgic as the image of the bucolic Vermont countryside, with the freshly painted red barn in the background and the Gothic couple standing, pitchfork in hand, in front of the white clapboard home. The 1940s image could be stamped all over Vermont; the couple’s farm was one o…

Vermont television stations Monday reported that “Vermont has the highest youth obesity rate in New England.” It was part of a state-by-state analysis provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which ranked Vermont 20th overall for youth ages 10-17.

The recent passing of Paul Bruhn, a champion of preservation and community development for more than 40 years, is a blow to the heritage conservation movement. Much like the vacant lots and storefronts in the historic town centers that Paul spent his life defending, his loss has left many of…

The Green Mountain Care Board Wednesday came to Northwestern Medical Center to find out why the hospital was losing money and what it could do to help rural hospitals like ours to survive and to continue to be pivotal players in their communities.

Set aside your political preferences. Blank out the names. Read the words and ask yourself how you would respond if you were in the room.

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…

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.