January 24, 2013

Health & Wellness—The Price of Life: Can We Afford It?

Health & Wellness—The Price of Life: Can We Afford It?

After my dad died, my brother and I visited his corpse, as it lay on the platform, in the funeral home in Brandon. Two days had passed since I had flown back from California. He seemed at rest, finally. He had avoided hospitals for years, knowing that the doctor would tell him to quit drinking, […]

The Money Tree on the Common: Trimming Health Care Costs for the Public Good

by Ken Russell Eternal Life The fountain of youth or eternal life has been a universal theme in the human experience. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote about it; Jesus Christ was said to represent eternal life. In 1513, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon embarked on a search for the fountain, which led him to […]

Getting Under the Hood: A Conversation with Dr. Allan Ramsay

by Ken Russell Dr. Allan Ramsay is one of two doctors who serves on the Green Mountain Care Board. He speaks with passion about the innovations happening in Vermont’s medical system and with optimism about the prospects of meaningful health care reform. “We have this big task, and a lot of it comes down to […]

OPINIONS: Vermont’s Health Benefit Exchange

During this legislative session, the Vermont legislature and the governor will be debating the parameters of the Health Benefit Exchange required by the federal Affordable Care Act. This program, which must be up and running by January 1, 2014, is intended to be a one-stop shop for those currently employed by businesses with fewer than […]

Making Decisions: Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care

Making Decisions: Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care

by Ken Russell When people are faced with serious injury, a terminal illness or any condition requiring heroic measures to stay alive, such as feeding tubes or intubation, sometimes patients, or their families, choose the cessation, or avoidance, of hospital care. For over 30 years, Bettina Desrochers has given end-of-life care and has attended hundreds […]

Community Connections Organization at Risk in Montpelier

by Zachary Beechler A venerable old New Englander named Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, in an article for The Atlantic Monthly, “Skill to do comes of doing; knowledge comes by eyes always open, and working hands, and there is no knowledge that is not power.” Community Connections, a diverse after-school organization offering everything from kayaking to […]

Plenty to Do in February: Montpelier Alive Launches New Festival

by Bob Nuner Montpelier Alive, working with the city, has put together the MontPolar Frostival, a major new community festival for the first three days of February. The weekend festival will open Lost Nation Theater’s Eighth Annual WinterFest, a monthlong series of theater performances. The Snow Ball dance party, featuring three different bands, kicks off […]

Library Director Discusses Budget, Union Concerns

by Max H. Shenk In a recent interview with The Bridge, Montpelier’s library director discussed the library’s budget requests and responded to concerns about job changes and alleged “union busting.” Kellogg-Hubbard Library will be requesting a total of $308,673 from Montpelier at the town meeting in March, which represents a $14,698 increase over its 2012 […]

Opening Night for Edwina’s Folly on Thursday, February 7

by Nat Frothingham Marshfield playwright Tom Blachly describes the critical elements in his new play as “a struggling theatre, a dead matriarch” and the dreadfully important question that follows, “Must the show go on?” The play, Edwina’s Folly, will have its premiere run of performances this February at Union School Auditorium, at One Park Avenue, […]

Black Males in the Green Mountains: Vermont’s Institutional Racism in the 21st Century

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush Hinesburg resident Denise Helen Dunbar has recently released a scholarly text, analyzing institutional racism in Vermont called Black Males in the Green Mountains. She has received accolades for the book because it not only analyzes Vermont’s checkered history with race issues, but it also takes on the first-person perspective from many […]