Raising children means having difficult conversations. At various points in their development, we must sit children down to talk about serious and, at times, uncomfortable topics like sex, drugs and death. In these conversations, we are challenged to push through the discomfort, be open, fra…

“You forget your youth, that which, reckless, rises up to betray you. It’s your youth, forgotten these years, that you ultimately regret.” — William Styron, “Lie Down in Darkness.”

We seem to have forgotten our filters. We all have biases and opinions. But that adage of “think before you speak” seems to have been lost. Now, in this world of social media and instant gratification and rapid response, we are more likely to shoot first.

It’s not every day the Catholic Church actively seeks public input. Yet, here in Vermont, Bishop Christopher Coyne has been making it an increasingly regular occurrence. In recent weeks, Coyne has been crisscrossing the state, holding a series of town hall meetings in which local Catholics a…

As debate was ending in the Vermont State House last March and the Legislature was nearing final approval of laws that would impose the first serious restrictions on gun ownership in the state, Democratic State Sen. John Rodgers, of Glover, famously lamented, “I think maybe if we pass this b…

Ahead of this year’s State of the Union address, the White House set the stage for a more benevolent Donald Trump. Indeed, surrogates like Kellyanne Conway said the president would make a call for bipartisan unity.

Inclusion can be a messy business. Exclusion — people forcibly creating separation between themselves and others whom they believe to be unlike them — is rightfully condemned, because the means to achieve it are never benign. Exclusion is Jim Crow segregation, signs at factory gates reading …

An article in this week’s Weekend Magazine looks at how Vermont farmers work through the winter months. Bottom line: They are just as busy in winter as they are in summer; the challenges are just a bit different.

If it is doing its job, a newspaper is a reflection of the community it serves — good, bad and ugly. It is the eyes and ears of the public, it serves as the public trust and it is the watchdog — all at the same time.

An interim report recently published by the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is floating the idea of requiring young Americans to enlist for nonmilitary service. For more than a year, the bipartisan panel has been studying the idea and looking at ways to implement…

Education is a public benefit as critical to the common good as any other — military defense, public health, law and order. It’s not a luxury, but one of the first orders of business a country should attend to in order to achieve stability, security and prosperity.

We’ve all seen the video by now. We watched in disgust as white, male high school students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats surrounded a Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington last Friday.

Identity politics at this moment — a very long moment — in U.S. civic affairs is like a wheel, self-propelled and kept in motion by the thrust of one group’s indignation followed vehemently by another’s. It has become circular, rather than progressive (or, thank heavens, entirely regressive)…

In his inaugural address, Gov. Phil Scott made a point of singling out Act 250 as a policy objective that needs modernizing in order to both grow the state and regulate development. Now more than 50 years old, demands on the guidelines have changed, as have the demographics and circumstances…

This week bore another unpleasant reminder that Vermont has a long way to go in combating racism in all forms and fostering safe and welcoming communities for people of color.

For years, Republicans have derided, castigated, vilified and demonized Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic U.S. Representative from California who was elected Speaker of the House in 2007 and served in that post until the Democrats lost their majority in 2011. With little actual justification (exc…

A new proposal to overhaul Rutland City’s sign ordinance is a welcome and long overdue course correction. For decades, the city has struggled to shake its negative “RutVegas” image. While the nickname was intended to be a tongue-in-cheek nod to the excessive strip development along Routes 4 …

The cliché about children being our future is true. Vermont’s schools do a great job of providing a base for our youth, but oftentimes there are students who need a little more. That difference might just be a mentor.

Phil Scott probably did little to impress Democrats in his inaugural address Thursday. And more than a few conservatives who were hoping the Republican would roll out some initiatives more to their liking probably left Montpelier irritated.

In Maine, change has arrived in the form of the first woman to occupy the governor’s office in the state’s 199-year history. Janet Mills, a Democrat from the small town of Farmington, this week delivered a message of inclusion and hope.

A review of the first steps toward privatizing Veterans Administration medical care shows that taxpayers spent more money to deliver longer wait times to veterans through a new program called “Veterans Choice.”

A coalition of nine Northeast states, including Vermont and the District of Columbia, has announced an agreement to work to impose regional limits on carbon emissions from transportation sources.

Earlier this month, Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala, died of dehydration and shock while in Border Patrol custody in New Mexico. The death is a tragic reminder of the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our southern border, which continues to play out despite disappearing fr…

Every year around this time, we seem to find ourselves embroiled in some variation of the same debate: Is a particular song, film or TV special too problematic to remain part of the holiday canon?

A report issued last week by the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and the Vermont State Colleges System shows a trend toward better completion rates and college retention in our state.