Editorial

This week is our annual “Deerfield Valley Snooze” edition, meant to be an April Fool’s prank on our readers.  It’s our way of poking a little fun at what’s happening in the world around us.  
Just in case readers don’t get it, the “Snooze” is satire. Our tongues are firmly planted in our...
To say we are in uncertain times is an understatement. In so many ways, the world is in uncharted territory. What the coronavirus has done, through its worldwide spread, is to make much of the globe stop whatever it was doing. It’s kind of like the childhood game of freeze tag, only in reverse:...
With Sunshine Week on the horizon, now more than ever people need honest information.  Sunshine Week, March 15 to 21, is an annual call by the news industry for open government and open information. It has been developed over the past 15 years by media outlets large and small to help people...
Note:  March 15 to 21 is Sunshine Week across the country, when media celebrate and encourage open government. As a lead-up to that, we publish this opinion piece by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos. He has long been an advocate for open government. 
The New England Newspaper and...
Voters in Wilmington will be faced with making a rare decision at Tuesday’s Town Meeting. They are being asked to decide whether or not the town clerk and town treasurer positions should be appointed by the selectboard instead of being elected by the voters (see story on page 1).
We don’t...
As things stand right now, the bankruptcy auction for the Hermitage Club is a month away. For many in the valley, it can’t come soon enough.  
It’s been two years since the club shut down operations midway during the ski season, and during the interim 24 months there have been many twists...
Town Meeting season got off to an early start this week. The River Valleys Unified School District, made up of Wardsboro and Dover, held its annual meeting on Tuesday (see story on page A1). The meeting had a little bit of everything that makes Town Meeting special and uniquely Vermont.  Voters...
“If the Legislature fails to act this year, I believe your towns should hire attorneys and sue or do whatever you can to get relief immediately. I believe this is unconstitutional.”
Rep. Laura Sibilia When Sibilia said the above quote at an information meeting a couple of weeks ago, many...
Last week we had a pair of articles reporting on another attempt to expand high-speed internet services to underserved areas around the region. In a nutshell, representatives of a large number of towns in Windham County and adjacent communities are exploring the idea of joining together to study...
“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just...

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