Op-ed

OPINION: The Walking City

by Michael Badamo, Montpelier In 1910 Montpelier actually was a walking city, a description today’s planners and developers claim as a goal. In 1910 horses still plodded down State Street, while a few automobiles edged slowly through pedestrians who walked freely just about everywhere. A small trolley loop ran around town. But mostly people walked […]

OPINION: Make Montpelier A Coherent, Uncluttered Community

by Brenda Thow, Montpelier The last issue’s opinion piece on “Place Making” by Ward Joyce was very informative. It has given me the opportunity to express ideas I’ve had for a long time about Montpelier. Ward relates how Montpelier wants to test ways to “make Montpelier a better city to live in, make it more […]

OPINION: Student Voices

Montpelier High School Social Studies Teacher Heather McLane assigned her students to write paragraphs sharing their opinion about an issue that they have studied, support their opinion with a bit of evidence and include a call to action. Below are some of the results. ON CLIMATE CHANGE: by Grace Valentine Our climate is suffering. Oceans […]

OPINION: Three Menus and a Maybe: Comparing Film Festival Documentaries

by Gerard Renfro There are two laws that must be obeyed: that of nature and that of human dignity — Vandana Shiva (paraphrased). As always the Green Mountian Film Festival  had some great documentaries. Three that I watched were “Seeds: The Untold Story,” “Tomorrow,” and “Food Evolution.” “Seeds: The Untold Story” and “Tomorrow” discussed a […]

EDITORIAL: Welcome to Our Spring Fundraising Campaign

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LETTERS: 4.20.17

Let’s Get Health Care For All Editor: At this present time there is on the books in Vermont a law (Act 48) that says in 2017 the state will have in place a universal, single payer, “Medicare for All” health care system in Vermont. However this is not happening today because in 2015 the governor […]

OPINION: It’s Time for ‘Green Burials’ in Vermont

by Claudia Ines Pringles, attorney, Montpelier Did you know that Tony Soprano has a better chance at a green burial than we do here in Vermont? It’s time for Vermont to catch up to New Jersey on the issue of environmentally conscience burials, and, as has been evident with recent legislation, Vermont proponents of eco-friendly […]

LETTERS: 4.6.17

Langdon Street Alive Funds Should Go Toward The Buildings Editor: First, let me state that I appreciate the goals of the Langdon Street Alive project, which seeks to enliven the historic streetscape with art installations and plantings. Having said that, I have long shared the (arguable) opinion that architecture is the most public of the […]

EDITORIAL: Poetry Surging

by Nat Frothingham Beginning on April 1 and continuing throughout the month is PoemCity 2017 — a celebration of reading, writing, language, and the dazzling, often humbling, power of poetry and song —made possible by Kellogg-Hubbard Library and its many partners. The April 1 PoemCity kick-off took place at Lost Nation Theater and as the […]

OPINION: Conserve Upper Sabin’s Pasture

by Carolyn Grodinsky, member of the Parks Commission and former member of the Planning Commission. Leigh Seddon, former chairman of the Parks Commission. Montpelier City Council is reviewing and taking public comments about the zoning updates. The first hearing will be on April 12. While there are many changes, the concern we would like to […]