Op-ed

EDITORIAL: Honoring Intern Lindsey Grutchfield and All Those Who Contributed to The Breeze

by Nat Frothingham What about yesterday’s (August 17) three-hour “farewell lunch” for Lindsey Grutchfield with attendance from 20 to 30 people of all ages? Lindsey was listed in our July 2015 issue as managing editor of The Breeze but that only partly describes her role. She was really the organizing genius and sparkplug of a […]

OPINION: The Quiet Revolution in Our School House

Part One of a Two-Part Series by David Kelley It was a Vermonter, John Dewey, who helped usher in the educational reforms necessary to sustain the growth and development of a robust middle class and a civil society through the upheavals of the industrial revolution and the Great Depression. Today other, less well known Vermonters, […]

OPINION: ‘Healthcare is a Human Right’ Campaign Condemns 2016 Insurance Rate Hikes

by Keith Brunner The Green Mountain Care Board approved 5.9 percent and 2.4 percent average annual rate hikes for 2016 Vermont Health Connect plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield and MVP, respectively. While these numbers are lower than the staggering 8.6 percent increase initially proposed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, they represent a failure by […]

OPINION: Rift Growing Between Hunger Mountain Coop Staff, Management

by Ellie Bayer We are proud to work at Hunger Mountain Cooperative — a business that defines itself as “a member-owned, community based natural market, committed to building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce.” Hunger Mountain is a cooperative business — a co-operation — a coming together […]

OPINION: The Grange Can Help Berlin and Berlin Can Help the Grange!

by Jeremy Hansen Starting on Town Meeting Day, I conducted a survey of Berlin residents using Internet and paper surveys. I received 29 responses to a variety of questions, such as residents’ thoughts about the quality of life in Berlin (90 percent rated it as “good” or “excellent”), the town’s overall reputation (55 percent “good” […]

OPINION: Whistleblower: Center For Disease Control Data Linking Vaccines and Autism Destroyed

by Jennifer Stella Leaked scientific data has been disclosed showing that links between autism and vaccines were covered up by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the nation’s leading public health agency. In his July 29 statement on the House floor, Congressman Bill Posey, R-Florida, reported that CDC vaccine safety researcher […]

LETTERS: 8.20.15

Solar Sells Editor: I was disappointed when I learned that solar wasn’t a fit for my home. Here in Montpelier, the city has launched a Net Zero initiative — meaning we will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by investing in renewable energy. I wanted to be a part of that movement. I wanted to […]

OPINION: Fix Social Security With A Carbon Tax

by Phil Dodd Perhaps because I am now a few years past my 60th birthday, I’m a little more aware of the looming problems of social security. But social security’s long-term financial problems should be of concern to all of us. Unless something changes, anyone under 50 won’t be receiving full benefits when they are […]

EDITORIAL: Please Don’t Destroy the Planet to Save the Planet

by Carla Occaso I am not a biologist, ecologist or scientist, but neither are the members of the Solar Siting Task Force. The task force was formed at the end of the legislative session to figure out where to put all the solar plants in order to achieve the aggressive increase of renewable energy mandated by […]

OPINION: Laudato Si’: “On Care for Our Common Home”

by John Elder At over 180 pages, the encyclical presented by Pope Francis on June 18 calls for study and reflection. The pope’s stature has meant that his discussion of human-caused climate change — as both an ecological crisis and a moral scandal — has immediately been hailed as a statement of global significance. Scrolling […]