OPINION: Shifting Health Care Costs—Unfairly 10.9.14

by Don George Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) is an independent, not-for-profit Vermont company, governed and managed locally, and our sole focus is Vermont. One of our guiding principles is to put our members first, and at times it is important to advocate on their behalf. It is from that perspective that […]

OPINION: Health Care Costs: Another View 10.9.14

by Peter Sterling I agree with the main point made by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Don George (p.26): that the way we currently pay for health care is unfair to businesses and health-care providers, and that that ultimately and unnecessarily increases the cost of health care. Unfortunately, the solution isn’t the one Mr. […]

OPINION: Vermont Health Connect: Better than the Federal Exchange 10.9.14

by Donna Sutton Fay Vermont Health Connect (VHC) made headlines when the state announced that it was taking down the VHC web portal until further notice. While the policy reasons for taking this action were sound, this certainly was unwelcome news. Opponents of health-care reform have used this decision to renew their call for Vermont […]

The Latest Letters to The Bridge

The Bridge welcomes your letters. Address them to editorial@montpelierbridge.com. Please keep them under 300 words and include your town or city of residence. We reserve the right to edit letters prior to publication.   A Thank You and a Plea To the editor: I’d like to thank the Montpelier Park Commission, the Montpelier Bicycle Advisory Committee […]

EDITORIAL: Reviving a Neighborhood, One Corner at a Time 9.25.14

by Nat Frothingham   In this issue of The Bridge we’re running a centerfold spread that celebrates the seventh anniversary of the Uncommon Market, a pretty remarkable store at the corner of Elm and School streets in Montpelier. What makes Uncommon pretty remarkable is the many faces it turns to the world. Uncommon is many […]

OPINION: A Scot in America: Why Did I Care? 9.25.14

by Robbie Harold I left Scotland for good in 1965. I became a U.S. citizen 10 years later, a permanent Vermonter shortly thereafter. Still, the closer the recent Scottish independence referendum came, the more obsessive I got—checking the polls, my Scots cousins’ Facebook posts, the pleas and bribes from British prime minister David Cameron, the fatuousities […]

OPINION: Swords into Plowshares 9.25.14

by Margaret Blanchard I grew up believing in the Good War against the Nazis, in which my uncle died and my father fought to the gates of the Buchenwald concentration camp. I also accepted the importance of the Korean War, waged under the auspices of the United Nations.  But by the Vietnam War, I was ready […]

Q & A with Michael Martin, Director of Curriculum and Technology, Montpelier Public Schools

The Bridge: Tell us a bit about yourself. Michael Martin: I’m a multi-generational Vermonter and graduated from Essex High School.  I was a French-English major at UVM, and spent my junior year in Nice on the French Riviera.  That was a good year.  As soon as I had the chance, I returned to France to […]

EDITORIAL: A Salute to Spaulding High School 9.11.14

by Nat Frothingham At a recent breakfast meeting in Barre with Ed Rousse and Norma Malone, I developed a solid respect for what Spaulding High School has been able to do and achieve–which could well be an example for other high schools across Vermont. Ed Rousse, a Barre native, graduated from SHS in 1979. He […]

OPINION: How I Survived My Colonoscopy

By C.B. Hall- Two Decembers ago, before the advent of Obamacare, I purchased a health insurance-policy from a company called Assurant. The firm’s flurry of “welcoming” materials gave two different dates for the commencement of my coverage. I called the toll-free number and determined which date was correct, but sensed the flub-up would prove a […]