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When clouds and low fog hang over the mountains and the rain seems to never let up for more than a few hours, one wonders if spring has truly arrived, or if it's just a rumor circulated by the people who print desk calendars. It's easy, with dreary … more
We were pleased to see this past week that Gov. Phil Scott, Attorney General T.J. Donovan and state legislative leaders have made clear to the Trump administration that Vermont won't be going along with any misguided federal efforts to harass and … more
When Manchester voters go to the ballot on March 7, they'll be asked if they support spending $221,900 to fund the Manchester Community Library. Manchester voters should say "yes." And here's why. The Manchester Community Library provides … more
The arrest of three undocumented migrant workers last week in Vermont by federal immigration officials is cause for great concern. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, denied … more
On Town Meeting day, the voters of nine communities in our region will consider a fundamental change — entering a newly-merged regional school district under the auspices of Act 46, the state law encouraging such mergers.A yes vote in … more
Part of the reason Phil Scott won election to the governor's office as a Republican in a state where Democrats and progressives hold most of the power was that he came across as affable, moderate and a good listener willing to work with the other … more
Bennington Superior Court on Thursday, March 9 was the center of attention for the north and south shires. But it wasn't a happy occasion. It was a sobering set of circumstances that brought the media, the police and family members to Courtroom No. … more
Like zombies on television, the carbon tax, once left for dead, has returned from Montpelier's political graveyard to torment the living. Rep. Selene Coburn (D-Burlington) sent us a 825-word essay on Monday about four separate statehouse proposals … more
It's not an easy thing, in a part of the world where self-governance and self-reliance is an important source of identity and pride, to cede a measure of local control and join forces with your neighbors. That's the big step that the town meeting … more
The State Senate is fine with legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana for recreational use by adults ages 21 and older, having voted for the second time in two years to do just that. But when it came to a proposal for raising the minimum age … more
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