OPINION

Letter to the editor: December 7, 2017

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Don’t gut what’s right Earlier this year, Vermont took action to make our communities safer by passing the Racial Justice Reform bill, Act 54 (H.308) which outlined strategies to address systemic racial disparities within Vermont’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. Act 54 included a provision to revisit Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy, which creates…

Forest products 101: veneer, sawlogs, firewood, pulp and chipwood

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Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester

BY: ETHAN TAPPER For the most part, we cut trees because they provide local, renewable sources of heat, building materials, and electricity, in addition to other resources. Additionally, forest management provides landowners with an economic incentive to keep forested lands intact and protected from subdivision and development. But what are the products that we harvest…

A history lesson on tax cuts

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By Ralph Martire To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal is so skewed to the wealthy that over the next 10 years, more than half…

Proficiency-based learning is beneficial

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By Rebecca Holcombe A recent opinion piece from a Fair Haven Union High School teacher argued we should rid the state of proficiency-based learning and grading systems to “let teachers teach.” I can’t comment on how individual teachers, schools or districts chose to interpret or implement the State Board of Education’s requirement that our schools…

Into the Woods: Windthrow and salvage

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Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester

By: Ethan Tapper Many of us awoke on Monday, Oct. 30 with trees on houses, cars and powerlines, our homes and businesses without power, our roads and driveways impassable. I would be interested in hearing from you about how it was in your part of the world. Why do blowdowns occur? When trees fall due…

Perspective | Community pitched in for church renovations

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By ANN GRAY The church building, completed in 1869 at a cost of $7,826.06, bore little resemblance to the current church. There was a long flight of outside stairs for entry into the sanctuary. These stairs ended where the fanlight window is now located, and entrance to the downstairs was from Church Street. In December…