Commentary

Dan DeWalt: Same old same old

Barack Obama went in front of the television cameras to tell us why we should wage war with terrorists and it just as well could have been George W. Bush talking.

Schubart: On lawn mowing

The recent run of cool weather reminds me that lawn mowing season is almost over.

Joseph Gainza: Bomb Iraq and Syria? NO

I try to avoid knee-jerk responses, especially when the issue is about something in which I am emotionally and intellectually invested. The use of violence to resolve conflict is one of those issues.

James Haslam: Why the People’s Climate March Is important for everyone

In today’s world, it’s no longer possible to separate struggles for economic and social rights from the fight for a livable planet.

Tom Kiley: Conservation Law Foundation misses environmental benefits of natural gas

In our view, natural gas is a good, reliable bridge to a cleaner and more affordable energy future for Vermont and all of New England.

Patrick Leahy & Doris Matsui: Keep the Internet free and open for all

Right now, the Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal that would create a two-tiered system and significantly alter the public’s unfettered ability to access content online. This should not happen.

Rebecca Foster: An open letter to Vermont’s climate marchers

Somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 of us are leaving our Green Mountain haven this weekend to join some 200,000 marchers from around the world in New York City. Hundreds more will hold solidarity rallies here in Vermont.

Walter Carpenter: You can get there from here

A striking irony about Mr. Brock’s parable is what has been omitted: The Old Vermonter is probably on Medicare, the publicly funded single-payer program for seniors.

George Harvey: End life support for fossil fuels industry

The fossil fuels industry gets its own life support from governments, and that is a huge multiple of what is given to renewable power.

John McClaughry: Facing the school property tax monster

For the one third of voters who must pay the school homestead property tax, the Big Issue this election season is likely to be “Why am I staring at yet another, bigger school property tax bill? Where does this end?”

Walt Amses: The luxury of water

Water itself has become the centerpiece of clamorous debate, over issues ranging from climate change and the environment; and from agribusiness to international terrorism.

Martha Allen: Rob Roper has the right to be wrong

With all due respect, it is Roper and his tired anti-worker, pro-corporation mantra who are out of touch.

Mark Whitworth: A moral response to climate change

Vermont has some substantial blocks of undeveloped land that will be essential to climate adaptation, but even the most remote parts of Vermont are experiencing development pressure.

Paul Burns: Bad news for fracked gas in Vermont

The huge cost overruns are just one more indication that this fossil fuel boondoggle is not in the best interest of Vermonters.

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