editorial

07/30/2020
With Gov. Phil Scott’s declaration that everyone in the state should don facemasks when inside public establishments and when social distancing is not possible outside, Vermont just might be one of the few states to stay ahead of this pandemic’s rapid spread. The governor’s timing was particularly relevant as college towns and ski resorts faced the daunting task of having people comply with wearing a mask absent a statewide policy. For those readers who may be riding the fence on the effectiveness of wearing a mask, just look at the proof: Throughout the world, in areas where the public has...
07/30/2020
The situation with the Vergennes City Council is a mess, and no sugarcoating the state of affairs could paint it any differently. But, as with most things political in small communities, when residents pull together to resolve their problems, brighter days lay ahead. The question at hand is how long will it take for residents to regain the trust of city leaders? First, residents will have to elect four new city council members to replace the four who resigned over the past two-plus weeks, and that new group of seven will have to decide how to reconstruct city leadership in ways that don’t...
07/23/2020
As mid-summer passes toward the first of August, it’s shocking how quickly the local conversation has moved from how retail stores, restaurants and many professionals were going to be able to serve customers and clients to today’s hot issue: With school and college openings on the horizon, how are we going to survive amidst a pandemic that has grown fiercer in many areas of the nation rather than subside as Americans had once so confidently predicted. Alas, it is our lot that while other of our peer nations have managed to stem the pandemic’s tide, it has gotten worse here because of the...
07/16/2020
What makes Molly Gray such an appealing candidate for lieutenant governor is the freshness of her voice, her energetic enthusiasm, a determined drive and her unabashed love of the state. As a political novice but entrenched in the duties of upholding Vermont’s laws, she comes from outside the inner circles of the Legislature or any gubernatorial administration, and offers the hope and aspirations of those seeking positive change with new voices in the room. “If we have the same people at the table, we get the same outcomes,” she said in an editorial board meeting with the Addison Independent...
07/09/2020
With news a couple of weeks ago that Middlebury College would be opening this fall with students on campus, even with ample precautions implemented, it is to be expected that local reactions would be mixed.  The business community was largely in favor acutely aware, as they are, of the economic impact the college community has on the greater Middlebury area. So, too, is it reasonable for those nearby residents without business connections to be concerned about the increased likelihood of spreading the virus as some 2,000 students are reunited from all corners of the nation and globe. As a...
07/09/2020
Our challenge in a predominatly white state is to promote a culture that accepts others as equals. Vermont did that recently, and with a fair amount of grace, by being the first state to legalize civil unions and later gay marriage in the late 1990s. But it was not without a struggle. The gay community worked for 30 tortutous years before a breakthrough. America’s Black community has faced worse discrimination and for far longer. One can understand their frustration and anger. We can only hope that in Vermont we can eliminate systemic racism through a similar community discussion as...
06/25/2020
In principle, we’re in favor of the protests around the country calling to review and restrain police budgets that have been ramped up over the past decade or more as the nation has seemingly adopted a more militaristic approach to police work. The initiative, however, has taken on the unfortunate moniker of “defunding the police,” nor are all police departments equally at fault. Differences must be debated and understood. To be generous, if the effort were to simply review unreasonable budget increases over the past 20 years — to be sure personnel haven’t increased beyond normal standards of...
06/18/2020
When candidate Donald Trump promised Americans that if he were elected they would be “so tired of winning” that they’d need a break, that America would be tops in the world in all ways, we’re certain he didn’t mean in the ways America is now leading the world.  Let’s count a few of the ways, starting with the novel coronavirus: • Yep, America is top in the world. Not only do we lead the world in number of deaths from the virus (117,858 as of June 15 and 119,132 the next day), but we have more than a quarter of the world’s total deaths. We’re not only “winning” that dubious category, we’re...
06/11/2020
In this unique moment in the national debate over racial justice, particularly as it is being portrayed through acts of police brutality, we are all asked to do the hard work of looking within, to examine our own wells of systemic racism and flush them out. It’s a tall task and not easily confronted in Vermont—a state and landscape that is predominantly white. According to the most recent Census, Vermont’s population on July 1, 2019, was 623,989. Of that, Vermonters were 94.2% white; 1.4% African American; 2% Asian; 0.4 American Indian; 2% Hispanic or Latino; and 2% of two or more races. We...
06/04/2020
Donald Trump is a failed president. Americans are facing the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918, and the worst civil unrest and protests since the riots of the late 1960s. It is no coincidence that these three calamities have occurred under Trump’s caustic leadership, abysmal ignorance and deeply flawed character.  And rather than even try to unite the nation, Trump’s reaction is to lead Americans in a war against each other. The question of the day is whether Republicans would follow Trump if he called out the troops against...

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