• Norwich loses another key town employee due to discontent

    Norwich loses another key town employee due to discontent
    Editor’s Note: This story by Patrick Adrian was first published by the Valley News on Nov. 23.Norwich — still without an acting town manager — will now be without a zoning administrator as well, as Planning and Zoning Coordinator Aaron DeNamur has tendered his resignation.In a letter to the Selectboard earlier this month, DeNamur attributed his departure to the mistreatment of town employees by “a very abusive and outspoken group of residents” who have made the town
  • Chief Justice Reiber: People get a say in how courts are doing in diversity, equity and inclusion

    This commentary is by Paul L. Reiber, chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.The Vermont Constitution entrusts the Vermont judiciary with the responsibility to protect the rights of all Vermonters and visitors to our great state through access to the courts and equal justice under law. Specifically, the Constitution requires that “(e)very person within this state ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws,” and that justice must be “impartially admi
  • Dr. Diane Roston: I need to do better. And I am doing the best I can. 

    This commentary is by Diane Roston, M.D., medical director of West Central Behavioral Health in Lebanon, New Hampshire.A friend contacted me about her adult daughter who had lost her job, was drinking alcoholically and was considering suicide. I carefully considered the services my friend’s daughter should receive to help her recover. As physicians, we are trained to serve those in need and, at the very least, to do no harm. My friend and her daughter had reached out to several privat
  • Elayne Clift: Maternal mortality, abortion and race — a dangerous trifecta

    This commentary is by Elayne Clift, who writes about women, health, and social issues from her home in Brattelboro.Much has been written in the literature of public health about America’s shocking maternal mortality rate. Occasionally, media reports on the alarming rate when there is a hook. Advocates concerned with women and health illuminate the problem in reports and at conferences. But in light of the U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs decision on abortion, new urgency arose in address
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  • Fallon Clark: The Global Warming Solutions Act misses the point

    This commentary is by Fallon Clark of Colchester, an independent editor and ghostwriter serving fiction and memoir authors.The Global Warming Solutions Act is a costly piece of legislation that cannot solve the problem of pollution and will worsen Vermont’s struggling economy. Repealing the act is an effort all Vermonters must get behind. But so is stopping pollution.Pollution is a problem. As one who believes in the nonaggression principle, pollution represents a serious act of aggre
  • Under pressure: Years of drinking water problems force Montpelier to confront an aging system

    Under pressure: Years of drinking water problems force Montpelier to confront an aging system
    Contractors remove pavement in a preparation for a water main replacement on School Street in Montpelier on Friday, Nov. 18. Residents have grown frustrated by hundreds of water main breaks in the state’s capital that have culminated in frozen streets, closed businesses and water shut-offs. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerMONTPELIER — One after another, drinking water pipes are bursting in Vermont’s capital city. The breaks — caused largely by unusually high water pre
  • Beating the rain, a record-setting Killington World Cup reigns

    Beating the rain, a record-setting Killington World Cup reigns
    A record-breaking Killington resort crowd of 21,000 spectators watch the Saturday opening of the 2022 World Cup ski-racing circuit’s lone U.S. stop for women. Photo by Dustin Satloff/U.S. Ski Team via Killington ResortKILLINGTON — Vermont-schooled Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin nabbed an NBC microphone over the weekend to give a shout-out to a record-setting World Cup ski-racing crowd.“You can hear a roar, you can feel this rumbling,” she said amid 21,000 spectato
  • Program trains farmers to help others in mental health crisis

    Program trains farmers to help others in mental health crisis
    Valerie Woodhouse and Eli Hersh, owners of Honeyfield Farm in Norwich, harvest purple daikons at the farm on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The couple have participated in the farmer peer support network run by Farm First. Woodhouse is on the advisory board of the organization. Photo by Jennifer Hauck/Valley News
    Editor’s Note: This story by Frances Mize was first published by the Valley News on Nov. 24.SOUTH ROYALTON — Geo Honigford refurbishes old houses now. It’s like meditation.“I
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  • Housing becomes flashpoint in Burlington’s East District city council race

    Housing becomes flashpoint in Burlington’s East District city council race
    From left to right, Dina John, Maea Brandt and Jake Schumann are seeking to fill Burlington's East District city council seat. Courtesy photosIn the upcoming special election to fill the East District city council seat in Burlington, all three candidates agree on one thing: Housing is a major problem in the city.They diverge when it comes to proposed solutions, however, and each person has come to represent different facets of the housing debate, at times highlighting a landlord-versus-tenant ri
  • Craig Mitchell may be Vermont’s most famous DJ. But do you really know him?

    Craig Mitchell may be Vermont’s most famous DJ. But do you really know him?
    DJ Craig Mitchell, Winooski’s unofficial DJ laureate, has worked with Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Yoko Ono, Backstreet Boys, The Strokes, Michael Buble and Moby. But still he feels danger when he steps outside. Photo by Justin Trombly/Community News ServiceKayla Duvel is a reporter with Community News Service, part of the University of Vermont’s Reporting & Documentary Storytelling program. This story first appeared in The Winooski News, a Community News Service product, on Nov. 1
  • Lawmakers contemplate ‘third-rail’ reforms amid housing crisis

    Lawmakers contemplate ‘third-rail’ reforms amid housing crisis
    Many legislators say Vermonters sent a clear message ahead of the November elections: Housing must be at the top of the agenda when they return to Montpelier in January. Photo by Pixabay via PexelsPeople are declining job offers in the state because they can’t find housing. Homelessness is rising. Vermont has the lowest rental vacancy rate in the nation.Lawmakers who pounded the pavement throughout the summer and fall ahead of the November elections say Vermonters sent a clear message: Hou
  • Then Again: Vermont took a rugged road to statehood

    Then Again: Vermont took a rugged road to statehood
    A 1784 map shows the legal limbo that once surrounded what is today Vermont. The map labels the territory as “Part of the State of New York now commonly known as Vermont."Library of CongressHistory can make the past appear deceptively simple. Looking in the rearview mirror, we can see the road behind us and be deceived that this was the only route we could have followed. Take, for example, Vermont’s journey to statehood. In retrospect, it can seem straightforward. For the people
  • Bob Stannard: Times are a-changin’, all right; will GOP make things better?

    This commentary was written by Bob Stannard of Manchester, an author, musician and former state legislator and lobbyist.Come gather ’round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
     And accept it that soon
    You’ll be drenched to the bone
     If your time to you is worth savin’ 
    Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone 
    For the times they are a-changin’ 
    — Bob DylanWhat a difference a d
  • Jonathan Dowds: Vermont’s climate plan is built on a foundation made of paper

    This commentary is by Jonathan Dowds, deputy director of Renewable Energy Vermont.Vermont has a plan to combat climate change — accelerate our transition to electric vehicles, switch our heating and cooling systems to electric heat pumps, and power it all with electricity that is increasingly green and renewable. There is a lot to like about the plan. Iin addition to protecting the environment, EVs and heat pumps will save most Vermonters money in the long run. But the plan rests
  • Rev. Devon Thomas: Crime and punishment, or compassion

    This commentary is by Rev. Devon Thomas, the minister serving the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville.Last September, there was a break-in at the church I serve in Jeffersonville. The perpetrators entered through the food pantry that the church hosts. They then made their way up into the church and the church offices. A few items were stolen, but what was most shocking for me and my congregation was the damage to the building. The door to my office had been pried open, stuff was
  • Melinda Moulton: Why Vermont should legalize magic mushrooms

    This commentary is by Melinda Moulton, a resident of Huntington and a sustainable redeveloper, environmentalist, social activist and community leader.When I was 12 years old, I lost my mother suddenly and my default was to stop eating. They say that one of the things that a child has total decision-making power over is eating. This provides them with a sense of “control.” Certainly, I was trying to control my circumstances, which were out in left field during that time
  • Young Writers Project: To your little house and home

    Young Writers Project: To your little house and home
    Young Writers Project is a creative online community of teen writers, photographers, and artists, based in Vermont since 2006. Each week, VTDigger features the writing and art of young Vermonters who publish their work on youngwritersproject.org, a free, interactive website for youth 12-18 years old. To find out more, visit youngwritersproject.org, or contact Executive Director Susan Reid at [email protected]; 802-324-9538.Artwork from YWP Media Library, a carving
  • Inside one man’s quest to bring performing arts back to Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium

    Inside one man’s quest to bring performing arts back to Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium
    Jim Lockridge stands outside the part of Memorial Auditorium that used to house teen club 242 Main in Burlington on Thursday, Nov. 17. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — In a corner of a studio space in Burlington’s South End, there is a door that goes nowhere.It might be like any other interior door except that it’s covered top to bottom with stickers, mostly promoting punk and hardcore bands. It leans against a wall, detached from its frame, displayed under soft ligh
  • Phil Scott launches new equity initiative focused on Vermont municipalities

    Phil Scott launches new equity initiative focused on Vermont municipalities
    IDEAL Vermont, which stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action and Leadership, officially kicked off in October. Photo courtesy Vermont Office of the GovernorGov. Phil Scott announced this week that a new statewide program, called IDEAL — Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action and Leadership — will encourage Vermont’s municipalities to focus more proactively on equity. Xusana Davis. Courtesy photoMuch of the injustice baked into the systems of the country began at
  • Bursts of gunfire collide with other uses on 825-acre property in Windsor

    Bursts of gunfire collide with other uses on 825-acre property in Windsor
    Michael Quinn, of Windsor, points to the bank where people used to set up targets that they would shoot from across the pond at the Windsor Grasslands Wildlife Management Area on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Target shooting was prohibited after the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department acquired the property. Photo by Alex Driehaus/Valley News/Report For AmericaEditor’s note: This story by Frances Mize first appeared in the Valley News on Nov. 20.State officials are warning against illegal target shoot
  • Vermont experts offer guidance for bringing birds, not bears, to the feeder

    Vermont experts offer guidance for bringing birds, not bears, to the feeder
    The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is recommending that Vermonters wait until the beginning of December to put up their bird feeders to avoid attracting bears. Photo by Aaron J Hill/PexelsThe Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is recommending that Vermonters wait until the beginning of December to put up their bird feeders to avoid attracting bears.Although bird feeding is an exciting way to get up close and personal with the neighborhood chickadees and cardinals, Doug Morin, Vermont
  • Tapped out: Testing reveals extent of lead problem in Vermont’s schools and child care facilities

    Tapped out: Testing reveals extent of lead problem in Vermont’s schools and child care facilities
    One in every five taps tested was at or above the level requiring that it be removed, because it has a higher chance of harming children. Thousands of lead-tainted taps have been replaced or are no longer in use. Photo illustration by Natalie Williams; photo by Skitterphoto via PexelsEditor’s note: This story was written by Logan Solomon, a reporter with Community News Service, part of the University of Vermont’s Reporting & Documentary Storytelling program. State officials
  • Giving thanks for a postcard that just arrived after a 101-year journey

    Giving thanks for a postcard that just arrived after a 101-year journey
    Brattleboro letter carrier Viv Woodland displays a 1921 postcard at its intended address after its mysterious century-long journey across the country. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerBRATTLEBORO — Town letter carrier Viv Woodland knew something was strange the moment she tried to deliver the postcard.It wasn’t simply that the person it was penned to, Holland L. Smith, didn’t live at the listed Brattleboro address. The color of the sunny California orange grove on the flip
  • For Vermonters with disabilities, the search for housing is even harder

    For Vermonters with disabilities, the search for housing is even harder
    For people like Ren Vanwagner, who lost both her legs to sepsis, the search for a home can be even more of an uphill battle — the already miniscule pool of housing options further reduced by accessibility needs. Ren Vanwagner shares her third-floor apartment in Rutland with her dog Brody. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerMore than 11 months into her housing search, Ren Vanwagner steeled herself for another day filled with dozens of fruitless calls. Then, just after 9 a.m., her phone rang a m
  • Staffing costs drove $90 million loss for UVM Health Network

    Staffing costs drove $90 million loss for UVM Health Network
    After a brutal fiscal year, the leaders of Vermont's largest health care provider have a strategy for digging out in 2023. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerThe University of Vermont Health Network ended its fiscal year on Sept. 30 with a $90 million loss, despite receiving $55 million in one-time federal and state funds to cover pandemic-related expenses.The network’s operations in Vermont — University of Vermont Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Porter Medical Cente
  • Police say Vermont man injured 2 people in 48-hour ‘crime spree’

    Police say Vermont man injured 2 people in 48-hour ‘crime spree’
    David Oleson. Photo courtesy of the Williston Police DepartmentA Vermont man was arrested in Burlington Wednesday morning after he injured two people in a 48-hour “crime spree” of car thefts and break-ins across the area, the city’s police department said. David Oleson, 38, was lodged at Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans and has been charged with aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, leaving the scene of an accident that res
  • Police say person killed in Newfane house explosion was the homeowner

    Police say person killed in Newfane house explosion was the homeowner
    Police have identified the man who was found dead inside a residence destroyed by a fire and explosion in Newfane last week as the homeowner.The cause and manner of 56-year-old Russell A. Buzby’s death remain under investigation, according to a press release Wednesday from Vermont State Police.The explosion last week at the home in Newfane resulted from a fire in the residence that ruptured an oxygen tank, Adam Silverman, a Vermont State Police spokesperson, said this week.The cause of the
  • Vermont Conversation: A new Santa Claus is coming to town and ‘he is a uniter’

    Vermont Conversation: A new Santa Claus is coming to town and ‘he is a uniter’
    Santas Fin Ciappara, left, and Chris Kennedy. Contributed photosThe Vermont Conversation with David Goodman is a VTDigger podcast that features in-depth interviews on local and national issues with politicians, activists, artists, changemakers and citizens who are making a difference. Listen below, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify to hear more.
    Santa Claus is coming to town. But the person shimmying down the chimney may not be the rotund,
  • Covid levels ‘low’ on eve of holiday gatherings

    Covid levels ‘low’ on eve of holiday gatherings
    Vermont’s Covid-19 levels remain “low,” according to the latest weekly surveillance update from the state Department of Health.Most Vermont counties also have low Covid levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only Bennington County, which hit “high” Covid levels in October, reported “medium” Covid levels in the past week.Covid levels are measured by a combination of hospital admissions, case rates and the percentage of h
  • Judge tosses charge that off-duty state trooper gave false information to another officer during traffic stop

    Judge tosses charge that off-duty state trooper gave false information to another officer during traffic stop
    Vermont State Trooper Dylan LaMere appears in Chittenden Superior Court in Burlington on July 19. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerA judge has thrown out a charge against an off-duty Vermont State Police trooper who was accused of providing false information to another police officer during a traffic stop.The ruling issued Tuesday by Judge John Pacht in Chittenden County Superior criminal court stated that, while Vermont State Police Trooper Dylan LaMere may not have provided truthful information
  • Non-Covid respiratory viruses are this year’s holiday concern

    Non-Covid respiratory viruses are this year’s holiday concern
    An entrance to the emergency department at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington on Dec. 13, 2021. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerRebecca Bell, a critical care pediatrician at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, has a message for people visiting infants this Thanksgiving that is going to be difficult to hear: “Admire the baby from afar.”By all indications, Covid-19 is on the decline for now in Vermont. But cases of respiratory syncytial virus, kn
  • 350 members left to go

    350 members left to go
    Dear Reader,We are only one day away from our goal of sending 10,000 meals to the Vermont Foodbank by Thanksgiving Day. Please join us with a donation that’s meaningful to you. Whether that’s $5 or $500, every bit helps and you’ll be sending 10 meals to the Foodbank.
    Donate and send 10 meals
    Two in five Vermonters have faced food insecurity in 2022, more than in either 2021 or 2020. Every winter here means paying for fuel to keep warm, but this season the cost of heating the ho
  • Anson Tebbetts: For the holidays, Vermont food will be at the center of the table 

    This commentary is by Anson B. Tebbetts, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.As autumn winds down and our Green Mountain fields and forests prepare to rest, we give thanks for the bounty of the seasons.In the coming weeks, Vermont food will be at the center of the table as many of us celebrate with family and friends. Maybe the meal will begin with an appetizer plate arranged with Vermont’s award-winning cheeses, crackers, pickles, jams and jellies; perhaps sta
  • Joe Benning: To succeed, Vermont Republican Party must be center/right

    This commentary is by Joe Benning, outgoing state senator from Caledonia County and a candidate for lieutenant governor this year. In the early 1990s, I joined the Vermont Republican Party. I did so because the VTGOP recognized five core principles: a free market economy; a local and efficient government that kept taxes within reason; an educational system that enabled our graduates to compete in a global marketplace; individual liberty; and personal responsibility. Those five core pri
  • Duane Sherwood: Faith, reason, and the Supreme Court

    This commentary is by Duane E. Sherwood, a retired nurse and erstwhile technical writer who lives in Winooski. He received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Binghamton University and an associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska.
    Skeptic though I am, I admit that faith is a beautiful thing. For me, it begins in the heart with feelings too delicate to be called emotions. For example, if something good happens, I have an impulse to offer thanks. If I have tr
  • Alison Despathy: Science and technology — the double-edged swords

    This commentary is by Alison Despathy, a resident of Danville.Science and technology have offered so much to the world. They are often associated with progress, convenience and lifesaving products and developments. However, it is absolutely essential that we acknowledge and remember that science and technology are double-edged swords and they have also brought destruction, damage, despair and abuse as well. Ethics must be the guiding force with science and technology because advances c
  • Franklin County legislators weigh impeachment for newly elected sheriff

    Franklin County legislators weigh impeachment for newly elected sheriff
    John Grismore speaks during an interview on Northwest Access TV on Sept. 21, 2022. ScreenshotSeveral Franklin County state legislators say they’re weighing whether to support impeaching the county’s newly elected sheriff next year and removing him from office.John Grismore, who was charged with assault after he kicked a suspect in custody in August, won about 44% of the vote for sheriff this month. Leaders of Franklin County’s Democratic and Republican committees said Gris
  • New board to take closer look at citizens’ experience with Bennington police

    New board to take closer look at citizens’ experience with Bennington police
    Members of Bennington's Community Policing Advisory Review Board held its second formal meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Bennington firehouse. ScreenshotBennington’s Community Policing Advisory Review Board has gotten off the ground, making initial plans to learn more about residents’ experiences with town police.The six-member board of civilians formed Thursday an internal committee for community outreach. It aims to gather information about residents’ interactions with th
  • The FCC has a new broadband map. Vermont officials say it vastly overstates reality.

    The FCC has a new broadband map. Vermont officials say it vastly overstates reality.
    A screenshot shows Vermont has 100% fixed broadband coverage, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Screenshot via FCC websiteAccording to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 95% of Vermont households have broadband internet access.That’s the main takeaway from a newly updated map created by the commission that tracks internet speeds and provider availability down to individual addresses. But officials at the Vermont Community Broadband Board told VTDigger that t
  • At the Irasburg Village School, a math teacher’s departure has administrators struggling

    At the Irasburg Village School, a math teacher’s departure has administrators struggling
    Irasburg Village School. Photo courtesy Irasburg Village SchoolAfter Thanksgiving, Irasburg Village School will lose its only middle school math teacher. The upcoming vacancy is not unexpected. Administrators at the roughly 130-student K-8 school have known for a month about the departure, Irasburg’s principal said. But administrators have been unable to find a replacement teacher — meaning that it’s unclear how the school’s 35 middle school students will learn
  • Northfield police chief’s public comments on school locker rooms draw rebuke

    Northfield police chief’s public comments on school locker rooms draw rebuke
    John Helfant. Photo courtesy of Northfield Police DepartmentThe leader of an organization supporting LGBTQ+ people in Vermont said recent online posts by Northfield Police Chief John Helfant about transgender kids’ use of locker rooms undercut his ability to serve the town.“(Helfant’s) actions cultivate a community culture of hate against trans youth and people. How can he hold such a substantial and essential role in the community?” said Dana Kaplan, executive director o
  • Vermont officials are ready to ban sale of new gasoline passenger cars by 2035

    Vermont officials are ready to ban sale of new gasoline passenger cars by 2035
    An electric vehicle plugged into a fast charger in Rutland in February. State regulators are on the cusp of adopting a rule that would push Vermont’s market for new passenger cars to all-electric in a little more than a decade. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerState regulators are on the cusp of adopting a rule that would push Vermont’s market for new passenger cars to all-electric in a little more than a decade. The rule, called Advanced Clean Cars II, is part of a set of re
  • Neighbors cry foul, but clearcutting and construction approved in Woodstock

    Neighbors cry foul, but clearcutting and construction approved in Woodstock
    An aerial view shows 0 Rabbit Hill Way this past summer. Photo courtesy of Mary Margaret SloanWOODSTOCK — The clearcutting of 4 acres near Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park has drawn the ire of neighbors. But despite acknowledging administrative hiccups in the initial permitting process, the town government says construction can go on.The clearcutting began on Rabbit Hill Way in May, neighbors said. Although a permit was issued in June by the town’s zoning administr
  • 400 members still needed in VTDigger food and news drive

    400 members still needed in VTDigger food and news drive
    Dear Reader,We are more than halfway to our goal of sending 10,000 meals to the Vermont Foodbank by Thanksgiving.Will you pitch in? Each contribution during our annual fund drive will send 10 meals to the Foodbank and sustain our reliable, fact-based news.Click here to make a donation and send 10 meals.
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    VTDigger is proud to provide a valuable public service for Vermont. Every day of the year, our reporters are pursuing the truth from Bennington to Swanton and everywhere in between.But whi
  • Norwich 13-year-old becomes youngest champ ever in Vermont chess tournament

    Norwich 13-year-old becomes youngest champ ever in Vermont chess tournament
    Alexander Collins, 13, of Norwich, replays a game he won at the Vermont Open chess tournament. Collins is the youngest champion to win the competition. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, he was at his weekly chess club at the Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire. Photo by Jennifer Hauck/Valley NewsEditor’s note: This story by Liz Sauchelli first appeared in the Valley News on Nov. 20.NORWICH — When Walter Chesnut lost a chess match to Alexander Collins at the Vermont Open earlier this month, h
  • Haviland Smith: Will there be political violence in America’s future?

    This commentary is by Haviland Smith, a retired CIA operations officer and station chief who now lives in Vermont. He worked primarily against the Soviet Union and East European countries and had a tour as CIA”s first chief of counterterrorism.The violent events of Jan. 6 of last year at the nation’s capital have persuaded more than a few writers and media outlets that there is a rising chance of further, perhaps more intense political violence on our horizon. If you look carefu
  • Lisa Jablow: In Fish & Wildlife survey, nearly two-thirds of Vermonters oppose trapping 

    This commentary is by Lisa Jablow, a resident of Brattleboro.The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department fielded a survey recently on Vermonters’ attitudes towards trapping. Documents obtained via a public records request show that the department seemed more interested in advancing a pro-trapping agenda than in genuinely understanding the public’s attitudes. Despite this bias, with vaguely worded survey questions, the results still reveal that most Vermonters oppose trapping.&nbs
  • Jim Andrews: The myth of perpetual growth ignores that our planet is finite

    This commentary is by Jim Andrews, a herpetologist, conservationist and educator who lives in Salisbury.I was reading the obituary of ecological economist Herman Daly last week. It reminded me of a short phone conversation I had with a candidate in the primary a few months ago. That conversation left me feeling that they did not fully comprehend the need to move toward an economic system that recognized the resource limits of our finite planet. It seems clear to me that if we are to su
  • As demand for home share program grows, more strangers move in together

    As demand for home share program grows, more strangers move in together
    Carol Blakely, left, hosts Katie Bailey, a UVM lecturer, at Blakey's home in St. George. Photo by Riley Robinson/VTDiggerHidden among the trees of Forest Road in St. George, two strangers, 40 years apart in age, began sharing a home.Carol Blakely, a retired teacher in her 70s and mother of four, once had a house full of people. But her children grew up and moved out, and her husband died, leaving only her 11-year-old French-Canadian cat named Poppy.That was until last August, when Katie Bailey,
  • Burlington to decide legal resident voting, ranked choice on Town Meeting Day

    Burlington to decide legal resident voting, ranked choice on Town Meeting Day
    A voter looks through paperwork in a booth at the polling place at the Integrated Arts Academy on Town Meeting Day 2021 in Burlington. Burlington voters will decide on several charter changes on Town Meeting Day in March. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — Burlington voters will get a second look at whether all legal residents can vote in city elections, following the City Council’s unanimous approval to send the charter change to voters on Town Meeting Day.While non-ci

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