In 1940, Alice Duer Miller wrote a beautiful epic poem called “The White Cliffs.” An American who had married a British man just prior to World War I, she soon lost her husband serving a country that wasn’t hers.

Imagine, for a moment, you are a developer living in Phoenix, Ariz. Let’s say you want to build a complex with 100 rental apartment units to accommodate the city’s growing workforce, targeted …

As President Joe Biden pulled back our military presence in Afghanistan, we bore witness to the daily bravery and terror present in the lives of our service members and their allies abroad.

Lots to unpack in Deb Bucknam’s Orwellian commentary, “When it comes to racism, Democrats lead the charge,” Aug. 19, 2021.

As chair and vice-chair of the Shelburne Selectboard, we want to address concerns expressed by Shelburne residents related to economic development in Shelburne. We want to clarify the goals and motivation for this initiative, what we hope to accomplish and what we hope to protect and preserve.

American democracy faced a very real threat from the Trump presidency — and not just from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. His authoritarian cronyism worked to undermine the institutions of our democracy as he and his followers pushed the Big Lie that voter fraud was rampant in Democratic areas, particularly in poor and minority districts.

Issues and concerns about Shelburne’s zoning rules and economic development have been raised for years, and certainly more recently since the economic development forum held by the selectboard…

Vermont has a new top federal prosecutor and based on his recent public statements, Vermonters who care about racial justice and police accountability should be concerned.

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One day earlier this summer, my 2-year-old grandson and I were in his backyard, playing with a punching bag on a stand. He would either hit it or do a push-and-release, getting a kick out of watching it swing back.

Vermont Democratic Party Chair Bruce Olsson published a commentary recently proclaiming yet again that Republicans are racist. This is particularly rich since the Democratic Party is the oldest and most enduring racist political party in history, and its racism continues to this day.

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Over the gate to Auschwitz the Nazis hung a lie: Arbeit macht frei. It means “Work makes you free,” but most of the victims who passed under the sign experienced neither work nor freedom, but only choking fear and death.

As Vermonters, we are fortunate to have a state government that believes voting is a right, not a privilege. One that takes seriously the constitutional command to carefully protect the right to vote, the right from which all other rights flow.

The Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance chose to make voting and voting rights — their history, the struggles to attain this right and exercise it and the vigilance and advocacy necessary to preserve and expand them — the centerpiece of its upcoming event Hard Won, Not Done: Voting Matters on Saturday, Aug. 14, 3-5 p.m. on the Statehouse lawn in Montpelier.

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