Op-Ed: Be brave, Little State

On a recent trip to Montana, a place I’ve visited often over the past 12 years, I was taken aback by how much it reminded me of Vermont – and how much it did not. Like Vermont, it’s a largely … Continued

Op-Ed: Unions vs. Teachers, thoughts after Janus

Following the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision that ruled public sector, unions can no longer force non-members to pay agency fees, both the unions and Vermont’s teachers have some questions to reflect upon. The big one for teachers is … Continued

Op-Ed: Economic Freedom of the World 2018

For a century or more, politicians and economists and have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human wellbeing. The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading market-oriented think tank, has just released its 2018 report on Economic Freedom of … Continued

Op-Ed: The school consolidation big hammer

For over half a century, the managers of Vermont’s public education system have yearned to consolidate school districts, get rid of “inefficient” small schools, and install progressive ideas that the locals were too obtuse to grasp and implement themselves. Until … Continued

Op-Ed: Raising the wage is good for business

Want to hear something obvious? Raising the minimum wage increases the take-home pay for low-income workers without hurting job growth. That’s not just a sound bite from Sen. Bernie Sanders – it’s now a proven economic fact. A study released … Continued

Op-Ed: It’s about Vermont

Local media is vital to Vermont’s political process. Issues that aren’t on the radar in the pressrooms of NYC, D.C., or L.A. are often of the utmost importance to Vermonters, and it’s our local media that can and does hold … Continued

Op-Ed: It’s time to come together, and rise above it

In his farewell to the nation, Sen. John McCain reminded us of the exceptional capacity of American optimism and challenged us to recognize that “we weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment … Continued

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