As Vermont’s primary land development law turns 50 years old, it is time for a major modernization of how it works. To improve both Act 250’s effectiveness and efficiency, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has agreed on a package of reforms with Governor Scott’s administration. No…

I am saddened beyond even the usual exhausted frustration with our commander-in-chief’s continual deranged behavior. This time, he has ordered people to kill a man, without the authorization of our elected Congress, without a declaration of war, and against the moral code of most Americans a…

My friend, Bill, and I got into a discussion concerning which one of us knew more about Vermont geography. When we saw a mutual buddy, Pat, approaching, I made an impromptu bet with Bill. “I’ll bet you $5 I can work the names of at least 40 Vermont towns into a conversation with Pat,” I said…

It would seem once again Americans will sit quietly on the sidelines while their government unleashes another illegal war on the world. There can be no justification for this. Our leaders will say it’s needed to protect America’s interests and to protect our allies in the region. The interes…

I am writing for millions of Americans who are sick and outraged but completely unsurprised about the terrible decision of Trump and his hand-picked monsters to provoke a potential world war. Anyone who is following political news knows Trump campaigned on pulling troops out of the Mideast a…

John McClaughry has challenged the proposed Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) as unnecessary and harmful. I do not share Mr. McClaughry’s views on climate change and have worked for years under former Governor Douglas and as a consultant to promote adoption of sound climate policie…

I feel Stephen Belcher’s letter deserves a response. He is correct that the people have a right to amend the Constitution. This has happened several times in our history. But what he is suggesting with gun control is to simply ignore the Constitution rather than attempting to amend it. This …

Funding from OneCare Vermont — the organization leading the state’s “all payer” experiment in health care reform — is keeping an innovative and proven system of support for vulnerable Vermonters called Support and Services at Home operating in all corners of Vermont.

With so many young Vermonters taking an active role in speaking out on issues related to climate change, perhaps lawmakers should take seriously a proposal that will be coming their way this session that would require school districts to offer lessons on climate change.

I saw a buddy last week and wished him a happy holiday. He was taken aback. “Please, Mark, save the political correctness for someone else,” he said. The fact is I wasn’t being politically correct; I was merely expressing the sentiment that the individual holidays seem to have evolved into o…

In reading the Democratic Party response to Representative McCoy’s piece, by Liz Filskov, Ms. Filskov’s approach to the “problems” people are facing is to tax and tax and tax some more. Some of us Vermont natives remember the 3% Vermont sales tax which now, in many municipalities, is at 7%. …

The ultimate role of a prosecutor is to seek justice. My office is shocked and dismayed by the reports of maltreatment and exploitation of female inmates at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility. Our commitment to public safety and justice necessarily includes those committed to the cu…

On March 9, 1954, Republican Vermont Sen. Ralph Flanders stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate to condemn fellow Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy on his claims there were communists in the State Department. The Flanders speech was an immediate sensation, as Flanders’ courage to speak up again…

We may be about to witness something none of us have ever seen before, which is a large piece of public land with full public access and heavy public use being sold to a very private wealthy person who has stated he does not want the public on this land again after he buys it.

I was recently asked to become the ambassador for the forthcoming Gift of Life Marathon, set to begin next week on Dec. 10, and saying "yes" to this was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. Just a little more than a year ago, I was injured in an explosion while on vacation, causing…

I think many Bernie supporters have just about had it with the national media. The attempt to erase Bernie and his movement of millions is amazing, considering the mainstream media and the Democratic establishment pulled this exact nonsense during 2016, although the DNC’s support of Hillary …