Commentary

Jack Hoffman: Full-time workers should make enough to live on

By raising the minimum wage to $11.50 or $12 an hour and expanding the state’s tax credit for low-income, working families, Vermont could begin to close the huge gap between the cost of a decent standard of living and what most low-wage workers have to live on.

Caroline Snyder: Resist industry pressure

The we-need-more-research argument, especially if the research is done by industry-paid scientists, is simply a way to delay regulation and preserve the status quo.

Martine Victor: A bonanza of WiFi trumps our children

Here’s the latest inconvenient truth: WiFi is an industrial strength microwave radiation, especially when used for powering a classroom full of computers.

Tom Pelham: Signs of excess

Pelham chart

Two recent events at the Statehouse point to the structural weakness of state government’s fiscal footing – self-inflicted weakness created and allowed to fester over recent years.

Don Keelan: The callousness of a nonprofit

Five hundred and thirty employees were told that in three days they no longer would have employment.

Karen Gross: Five ways to make college more friendly to veterans

As we work to help America’s veterans and service men and women and their families succeed in higher education, it is important to create a campus environment that is welcoming.

David Schoales: Consolidation group-think

I and the rest of the Brattleboro Selectboard and administrative team had come to Montpelier to talk to our political leaders about municipal taxes, but all any of them wanted to talk about was the cost of education.

Joe Benning: Lawyers, guns and money

H.735, the so-called “fee bill,” arrived in Senate Finance with two sentences about a fee charged for each weapon stored. Unfortunately, it also included four pages of judicial policy and procedure.

Steven Sinclair: The importance of ash trees

There’s an old saying that goes, “Every day is Earth Day for a forester.” This might be a bit of a stretch, but certainly the benefits derived from the wise use and management of trees and forests, all the things that foresters promote through forest stewardship, make earth a better place.

Susan Hammond: Leahy’s persistence in addressing Agent Orange impacts appreciated

In April 1970, my father went to Vietnam for his second tour in the Army Corps of Engineers. Forty-four years later, it is his daughter who is heading back to Vietnam.

Edwin Allgair: Licensed dental practitioners can help address dental care crisis in Vermont

For years, I watched people suffer in pain, contract dangerous infections, and lose their ability to chew their food and their desire to smile all from a preventable disease that as a dentist, I was trained to treat — tooth decay.

Markowitz, Searles, Ross & Miller: Standing together to protect Lake Champlain

This Earth Day, we can take pride that Vermonters are working together – farmers, loggers, businesses, citizens, and local, state and federal officials in every corner of the state – to ensure that we protect and restore Lake Champlain and all of the state’s waters.

Kevin Jones: Not as green as it looks

Not all so-called solar energy deals being offered locally are the same, and more and more of them, through complex contractual terms, do not actually sell the solar energy to the customer whose electrical account is used to support the transaction.

Telly Halkias: How Robert Frost saved my life

American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). Library of 
Congress photo

I was 13 when I first read Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” and it changed me forever.

Thanks for reporting an error with the story, "Jack Hoffman: Full-time workers should make enough to live on"