Henry Zacchini

Yes vote on school budget is crucial

On June 30 (or earlier if people vote by mail), voters in Putney, Brattleboro, Dummerston, and Guilford, the four towns that make up the local school district, will vote on the school budget.

There are a number of reasons why a yes vote on this budget is crucial.

The budget was first created with the input of parents, school board members, the teachers' union, and other vested parties. The budget as written calls for very small increases in the property tax rate, essentially $13 per $100,000 in assessed value, about $1 per month.

In return, the citizens of these towns will continue to receive the high level of education and services provided by the district's support staff, educators, and administrators.

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Pandemic, economy reveal the bankruptcy of our current regime

As we pass another International Workers' Day, we find ourselves in yet another economic crisis. Ostensibly, this crisis is different, spawned by an unseen biological agent rather than the standard dose of late-stage capitalist destruction. But one could argue that workers are now being victimized by both. As the...

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The youth have to be the adults in the room

Before getting into the behavior of some Brattleboro adults, the students who protested at Saturday's Strolling of the Heifers parade [story, A1] deserve our attention and our accolades. They join the ranks of those before them who used civil disobedience as a tactic to fight injustice. Acts of civil...

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Working people: organize, stand up, and fight back

Having just passed another International Workers' Day on May 1, it's a good time to take stock of the condition of workers in the United States. We find politicians and the ruling class drooling about low unemployment and a booming economy. Who are the true beneficiaries in this economy? Workers' wages have been largely stagnant for decades. The country's (and the world's) wealth has been transferred to a tiny fraction of the population. Large swaths of the United States are...

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Honor true heroes, not thieves, enslavers, and murderers

It's hard to fathom the idea that Christopher Columbus is still honored with a holiday, given what we know about his actions against indigenous populations. After quite a bit of recent scholarship on the subject, we know that Columbus ordered his men to cut the hands from Taino people who did not return with gold for the European invaders. We know that Columbus immediately set out to create a system of enslavement in the Caribbean. We know that within a...

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Argument misses key factors of U.S. gun violence

According to Bob DePino, people are best saved from gun violence by adding more people with guns to the general population. By adding more people with guns (and presumably more guns) into Vermont's communities, we will all be able to rest more easily. It is very hard to see the logic in this argument. He seems certain that “killers,” as he refers to them, will avoid heavily armed places and - rather than committing mass murder - will decide, instead,

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A reason to celebrate?

While it's always nice to have a day off from work, U.S. Labor Day finds our country's workers having very little to celebrate. The United States is a country divided along class lines, with one reality for the rich and a very different reality for everyone else: • More than half of public school students live in low-income households, a number that has increased by 20 percent over the past few decades. • Average CEO pay in the U.S. is...

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