Few decisions we make have greater impact on both our short-term as well long-term well-being than those we elect to represent us in public office. I must point out a key word in this previous sentence…represent. For years now the average “tax paying” citizen is not represented in Montpelier…

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

When I ran for the State Senate in 2018, I learned a great deal about the unique challenges posed by the Chittenden District. Essex - large enough in population to merit a senator on its own - has gone decades without a current resident representing us in the State Senate. This means that it…

In an unprecedented year, perhaps it’s only natural that we have an unprecedented election—the first in our lifetimes to occur during a global pandemic, and one in which an astounding number of votes will be cast after being mailed to voters. While many of us are used to staying up late to l…

As an elected official I would love to have access to all 10 neighborhoods in my district ( EWSD) on Front Porch Forum. But FPF in their wisdom allows me to access my neighborhood only. Sad, I think. But they won't budge unless I pay thousands to access.

There are many reasons for running for public office. Public service requires trust, competency, and self-sacrifice. Maryse Dunbar and Thomas Nelson are accomplished in their chosen fields. Mr. Nelson is a career public safety professional and Maryse Dunbar a career health care professional.…

  • Updated

I’d like to respond to Lori Houghton’s letter. She is right: “Unfortunately, Vermont is not immune to the tactics that are often employed at the national level -- lies and omissions.”

Flyers regarding the merger vote are being placed on doorknobs throughout the Village. We know the flyer is supported by the Village resident whose address is on the flyer and a woman from the Town outside the Village who is placing these flyers around the Village. Unfortunately, Vermont is …

I urge voters in the Village of Essex Junction to write in Darrell Langworthy for Vermont House District 8-2. Mr. Langworthy is a hard working business owner with 2 restaurants, Mark BBQ and Heart n Soul. He is also a generous community member, providing free weekly meals to those experienci…

Marybeth is a first-term State Representative from Essex District 8-1. During that time, I have gotten to know her fairly well. I supported her in 2018 and have never regretted it. As an example, Marybeth is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the legislature. I’m involved in two cli…

Commentary by Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Jen Kimmich (co-founder and CEO of the Alchemist Brewery), Deborah Markowitz (former Vermont Secretary of State and Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources), Melinda Moulton (CEO, Main Street Landing), Mary Powell (former CEO, Green Mountain Power), a…

  • Updated

It is said that behavior speaks directly to our intentions. We are what we do more than what we say. Considering this it appears that the National Republican party is at war with itself and grossly out of step with core foundational American values. Consider the following:

  • Updated

The Essex Republicans want to express our doubts about Rep. Redmond's assertions of support. Her late objections to this claim seem like too-little-too-late. For one thing, a VERY LONG Legislative session has just ended without any serious action on this charter change.

  • Updated

Many of us have had the experience of walking through the woods, when suddenly the raucous sounds and green-tinted light of a deciduous forest becomes dark and quiet. If this has happened to you, you have already had the unique experience of entering a hemlock forest.

  • Updated

This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Ask any first responder why they do this type of work and it’s likely you’ll get an answer that involves “serving the community.” Essex Rescue, with a mix of dedicated volunteers and full-time employees, was founded on that sense of service.

Whether you realize it or not, the lives of Vermonters are massively enriched by forests, both aesthetically (we are the Green Mountain State, after all, and the “green” on the mountains are forests), economically and culturally (through our working landscape and our forest-based recreation …

Vermont provided affordable housing for the returning GI's after WW2. Indian Acres and Hiawatha area in Essex Jct. were small inexpensive homes, 3 bedroom ranches, expansion attics, on small lots. Then north Burlington, much the same. Milton has hundreds of small affordable homes. Then the e…

The recent incidents of police brutality inflicted upon American citizens, and documented with alarming regularity in the media, are of such an appalling nature that simple logic and human decency demands our moral outrage.

Recently I've been hearing our state legislators in a quandary over lost revenue due to the coronavirus. My guess is they'll coerce you into thinking that all the social programs and education needs will be drastically slashed if we don't pass marijuana and prostitution legalization in bills…

  • Updated

University of Vermont students on Tuesday began their measured return to campus with more on their shoulders than the rigors of the classroom. They are being asked to do the right thing, to be responsible, to be safe so that their in-class learning can proceed and the university can resume a…

I was dismayed by listening to the BLM ceremony at the high school via the Essex reporters link that was provided. It falls way short in a practical sense while being excessive on social justice signaling. It's easy for one of the whitest states in the union to salute a BLM flag and listen t…

My son and I just returned from driving around the district to collect all of my campaign signs! It was also an opportunity to visit the neighborhoods that comprise Chittenden 8-1 and quietly appreciate my Essex constituents for their strong, enthusiastic support in the Primary Election yest…

  • Updated

It is a tremendous honor to win one of the two Democratic Primary House of Representative spots on the ballot for Chittenden 8-2 (Essex Junction). Our Village is an extraordinary place and I look forward to the possibility of serving our community in such a meaningful way. As we move forward…

Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger can be excused for questioning the thoroughness of the University of Vermont’s plans to guard against a Covid-19 outbreak when the school’s 12,000 students return to school this month.

Physical fitness for EMS providers is a critical component of job performance. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week for adults. Additionally, major muscle groups should be st…

I'm writing to enthusiastically and whole-heartedly express my endorsement of Brian Shelden for Vermont State Representative here in Essex. Brian has the intellect, commitment, and work ethic to lead Essex in these most challenging times.

  • Updated

When I ran for the State Senate in 2018, I learned a great deal about the unique challenges posed by the Chittenden District. As a six-member district, with senators elected at large, the race can easily come down to who has name recognition in Burlington, the biggest city in the district an…

I love voting. Going to the polling place to engage in the democratic process alongside family, friends, and neighbors is something I always look forward to. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I got involved in public service and ran to become your Secretary of State.

This political season has cheers, fears, and anxiety in spades but at the local level, things are looking up. We have a truly exceptional candidate running for reelection to represent us in the Vermont House, Lori Houghton.

Recent periodicals have highlighted the unfairness to Chittenden County voters of having primaries with a dozen or more candidates. It turns the race into a name recognition contest rather one on the merits. That is why Senator Sirotkin introduced a constitutional amendment and successful le…

When my friend Patrick Murray asked me if I would be the Treasurer for his political campaign I was honored, but also nervous. I have never been the Treasurer for anything like that. I was not even sure where to begin. But he pointed me in the direction I needed to go to find the answers I n…

The coronavirus has upended the way we learn about candidates running for office. We’re limited in being able to talk to them directly. There are no crowds, which subtract from the energy. Most Vermonters are singularly focused on surviving; parsing through a candidate’s positions takes a se…

I support Marybeth Redmond for reelection because she has been a fair and responsible voice as our representative in the Legislature. She is willing to work across the aisle to get things done and she extremely ethical. I have full confidence that she will accurately represent her district i…

  • Updated

We hear you saying our responses to racial justice are inadequate. We hear you telling us that we need to improve what we do. We know we have a lot of work to do. We need to listen to you now, and in the long-term.

As Lake Champlain is home to countless fish, it is important to realize that they are deserving of humane consideration. Over the past decade, a large body of scientific evidence has proven that fish feel pain, and research suggests that fish even experience emotions. A study that highlights…

In the 1960s, the Canadian government inaugurated a monthly quota system for its dairy farmers and today those farmers say that if it weren’t for the supply management system the dairy industry in Canada would not exist.

When campaigning on the issues does not work for a candidate, step two is to discredit the opposition. That is the step Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe has taken with Molly Gray, his most serious rival in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

In 2008, Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation teamed up to create a program called “Foresters for the Birds.” The idea of this program was that, while there is a lot to love about Vermont’s forests – from the way they make our state so beautiful, clean …

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Brenda Siegel for Lieutenant Governor in our upcoming primary. As fellow activists Brenda and I have worked side by side on the economic justice issues of livable wages and paid family and medical leave for working Vermonters, on universal …

I'm glad to see a cautious approach while Vermont reopens schools. Many have in Europe without disabling consequence. We need to put our fears in context. Our fears are real and I don't dismiss them out of hand. But every year we are forced to inoculate our school children because of the gre…