Commentary

Rob Roper: Vermonters support right to work — for good reasons

Over 85 percent of Vermonters agree that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union.

Elizabeth Macalaster: The passenger pigeon in the Connecticut River Valley

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died at the Cincinnati Zoo on Sept. 1, 1914, at 1 p.m.

Telly Halkias: Citizen blogs – a chasm of standards

While some have anointed the casual blogger a citizen journalist, there still remains a chasm of standards between the two, most notably in the framework and the rigor with which information is presented to the public.

Bob Stannard: 41 years ago

Those two hippy kids who used to walk for miles on the railroad tracks and in the woods holding hands are now two old people with four grandchildren.

Norman B. Solomon: Patients face steep learning curve with high-tech medical options

Assessing the da Vinci robot as a tool in advanced cardiac surgery, from a patient’s perspective, is challenging.

Robyn Freedner-Maguire: Being ready for school is more than backpacks, lunchboxes and ABCs

We simply can’t afford to wait until our children enter kindergarten to get them ready for school.

Ana Hernández: Rights vs. policing

The ongoing imbalance of power between law enforcement and civilians – not just that inherent to the system, but also as due to gender and race, among other factors, means that the interests of law enforcement (and the gender and race privilege it codifies) prevail.

Eric Zencey: Transformative common sense in Vermont

The commitment to use the GPI in this way places Vermont in the forefront of a growing national movement to integrate the GPI into social and economic policy.

Poor Elijah’s Almanack: Misconceptions that aren’t

While rejecting No Child Left Behind took Americans roughly a decade, a majority already know enough about the Common Core to conclude they don’t like it.

Don Keelan: The wealthier (nonprofits) keep getting richer

“At best, some millionaires and billionaires give money to tinker at the edges of today’s system but are unwilling to provide the dollars or advocacy voice that would lead to real change.”

Luann Therrien: First Wind’s buyout offer an insult

So here we are nearly three years into this nightmare and no closer to a resolution then we were on day one.

Barrie Dunsmore: Russia’s view of Ferguson

“Some of the most strident criticism of police violence in Ferguson has come from authoritarian nations where the police are often venerated and dissent is scarcely tolerated.”

Deb Richter: Two nice guys, one big difference

Phil Scott, the Republican incumbent, isn’t sure about publicly funded universal health care. Dean Corren, the Progressive candidate, is 100 percent for it.

Greg Marchildon: What about the ratepayers?

For far too long, Vermont’s utility customers have been at the mercy of a regulatory system that puts the interests of our state’s power companies ahead of ours.

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