If we want a Vermont that works for everyone in every part of the state, we need to do better getting high-speed internet access to every corner of the state. It wasn’t so long ago that access to high-speed internet service was considered a convenience, even an extravagance. No more. Today, …

Summer solstice seemed to arrive suddenly today, most likely because up until very recently — yesterday perhaps — it didn’t seem like Vermont’s brief and getting briefer respite from winter was anywhere close to being just around the next bend. Many of us had measurable snow in mid-May; rive…

I’m a regular reader of The Guardian newspaper out of England and on June 13 a piece appeared by Oscar Schwartz, “What does it mean to be genetically Jewish.” That is a provocative and perhaps even disturbing title, and it needs to be stated that Mr. Schwartz is “genetically Jewish” himself,…

Although “As Alabama Goes, so Goes the Nation” has never been a thing, nor should it be, it turns out that it’s precisely what will happen if Christian conservatives have their way, and at this point, it seems as though they very well might. The state’s recent criminalizing of abortion, whic…

This spring, a settlement was reached between the state of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont’s Toxics Action Center office, and the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen-Pittsford Insect Control District, where I live.

The election season of 2020, already starting, is going to bring a number of vexing issues to the surface in the not-so-united United States. One of these issues will definitely be the separation of church and state. The proverbial writing is on the wall. The religious extreme right, many of…

In 2013, Jack Gierzynski wrote a book that looked at the effect the Millennial Generation (1982-2002) had on the 2008 election. The University of Vermont political science professor looked at how the Harry Potter series impacted political views and thinking.

The Department of Defense’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review contained a message of enormous significance for Vermonters. It designated the F-35 as a part of its strategic nuclear bomber force. This is the first time a fighter has been so designated. That makes the F-35 completely different from …

An old man stands at the sink in his kitchen, mixing a batch of pudding to be poured over some banana slices in a graham cracker crust and stuck into the refrigerator for an hour. His little dog, ever alert for a bit of good fortune, sits attentively at his left knee. For these 5 minutes or …

Late snowmelt delayed the transition to spring after a long winter. The six months from November to April were very wet across the Northeast. For Vermont, this was the fourth-wettest April on record, and we have had another 5 inches of rain in May. The leaf-out of maples was delayed a week o…

On Sunday, May 19, I attended a tragic-happy event: the graduation of my grandson from Vermont’s Green Mountain College that, after 185 years, was closing its doors — his being the last graduating class. It seemed incomprehensible that an established institution in a generally progressive st…

While national studies suggest Vermont is among the healthiest states in the nation, there are still some areas where improvement is necessary. Mental health is top among them.

Like many other northern New England cities, Montpelier has a river running through it. The Winooski was once a wild phenomenon of nature. It was cherished by the indigenous Native Americans and respected for its life-giving waters. Montpelier underwent earlier levels of development and occu…

In The Times of Israel on Sunday, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quoted as saying, “We do not seek war. But Iran’s 40 years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities, and taking American hostages is a constant reminder that we must defend ourselves.”

Over the last couple of weeks, two disturbing things happened that might not, at first glance, seem to be related but, unfortunately, they are. They were separated by 6,500 miles but, nonetheless, they are closely entwined. That mileage is the distance between Jerusalem and the Christian Ret…

We live in challenging and divisive times. We are witnessing a seismic shift in the social and political landscape of our nation — poising us for a debate that will test principles and tear at the fabric of rights.

Twenty-four growers from around Vermont were interviewed in January 2017 as part of Salvation Farms’ research. The goal was to better understand growers’ perspectives and insights into how best to reduce food loss on Vermont farms. A report detailing these perspectives has recently been rele…

Paraphrasing Shakespeare’s The Tempest, “politics makes strange bedfellows” has become the go-to personification of the irony where illogical partners, even adversaries, find themselves working together. That decades of tantalizing Republican foreplay, laser focused on acquiring and retainin…

In the last few weeks, as measles outbreaks have been reported around the nation, a small band of Vermonters opposed to immunizations has been frequently quoted or has submitted commentaries to news organizations around the state.

As a student of environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, I come from a background of running a small business with my husband’s family. This semester, as a legislative intern for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, I have had the pleasure (and sometimes frustration) of sitting …