OPINION

You can be a big tree champ

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When I was growing up down in Windham County, the Windham County Forester, Bill Guenther, used to lead a Big Tree Tour every year. As I kid I hadn’t yet fallen into my current tree-crazy state, and I never attended one of Bill’s tours.  One year, when I was a forestry student at the University…

Letter to the editor: September 7

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BIA governance needs to be addressed Ongoing conflict has marred the relationship between the Burlington International Airport and its municipal neighbors for years evidenced by expensive lawsuits over property taxes, military operations, home demolitions and more. This municipal conflict is putting Vermont at a disadvantage on the regional landscape making neighboring cities like Plattsburgh  more…

We can grow clean water

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I have been thinking about the power of nature with fall hurricane season almost upon us. We are all too familiar with the frightening power of nature in the form of rushing waters, hurricane winds and tornadoes that can rip through our familiar landscape in moments. What does not hit home for most of us…

Combating climate change can have economic benefit

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The economy and our landscape in Vermont are intertwined. Recreation, tourism, agriculture and forestry, all key economic drivers, depend on the natural resources from our landscape. Indeed, the Vermont brand itself is inseparable from our land ethic – a thoughtful way of living, the quality of our products and services and our environmental and social…

Learning from federal achievement tests

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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 career readiness.” Yet, it takes no particular insight to know that being ready for the…

A foundation for growth

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On my first day in office, I issued an executive order defining the top goals of my administration: growing the economy, making Vermont more affordable and protecting the most vulnerable. We are laser-focused on these priorities and they guide us in everything we do. That’s why we’ve concentrated on government modernization and efficiency, rethinking and…