Vermont’s greenhouse gas mandate: numbers don’t add up

By Jonathan A. Lesser, PhD. Vermont, along with 19 other states, has a long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate. The original mandate, signed into law in 2006, called for a 75 percent reduction below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. In … Continued

Martyrs to the Clean Water Act

BY JOHN MCLAUGHRY Among the most notable martyrs to the Clean Water Act are names that few recall: Ocie and Corey Mills, John Pozsgai, John Rapanos, and most recently, John Duarte. All of them were dragged into years-long battles with … Continued

Humanizing autism

BY JACOB ZLODY Netflix hits all the right notes in its new series, Atypical, which takes a much needed and welcomed look at what it’s like to have autism. I know, because I live with autism. In a world where … Continued

League of Cities and Towns seeks to hold Act 46 accountable

By Michael Bielawski When Act 46 passed in 2015, it came with promises to stop out-of-control property taxes while maintaining education quality. Now its critics are calling for a thorough assessment of its implementation, and the Vermont League of Cities … Continued

The climate economy—an important opportunity for Vermont

REGION – Despite growing uncertainty about our national climate policy, we can be proud that the Green Mountain State is widely recognized as a leader in green initiatives. Across the state, there is a shared commitment to environmental protection and … Continued

Tax fraud – right here in River City?

VICTORY, Vt. — A Connecticut family listed among the defendants in an ongoing voter fraud lawsuit has admitted voting in Vermont elections, according to public court documents. Family members said they got approval to do so from the Vermont Secretary … Continued

What federally required achievement tests tell us

Like the unexplained monoliths in the classic movie, “2001, A Space Odyssey,” our standardized test scores float untethered in space, free of the very things they are supposed to measure; yet having great power. They claim to measure “college and … Continued

Northern Vt. electric grid reaching saturation point

By Michael Bielawski, True North Reports New electric utility development in northern Vermont may not be possible due to energy grid saturation. “During periods of a high generation or low consumer demand, ISO New England must curtail some resources in … Continued

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