LETTERS: 6.15.17

Vermonters Lack Access to Affordable Health Care Editor: I am a nurse who directly sees the current health care crisis playing out each day in the lives of Vermonters. People are not getting their health care concerns addressed initially due to the lack of access and affordability. As a result, individuals are often times waiting […]

LETTERS: 6.1.17

Affordable Care Act Inadequate Editor: I have witnessed and felt the impacts of the healthcare system’s many manifestations over the course of my lifetime. My parents spent nearly two decades paying off medical bills from my younger brothers’ stints in the hospital with infant asthma. I was forced to put off graduate school for several […]

OPINION: Student Voices: Gender Inequality

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.   Olivia Hennessey Gender equality is a huge issue in our […]

LETTERS: 5.18.17

Nuclear Power Better Than Wind Turbine Development Editor: Thank you for the moving and visually powerful Mountain Manifesto spread. I think that, ironically, the ridgeline wind turbines dominating some Vermont landscapes were brought here by some of the same activists now protesting them. As one who has cherished, hiked and respectfully utilized Vermont woodland for […]

LETTERS: 5.4.17

Councilor Hogs Parking with Porsches, Van and Volvo Editor: No wonder there are parking problems in Montpelier which are to be discussed in the upcoming council meeting. A good example of this is an owner of a five-apartment building. The landlord has two drivers. However, owns a large van, a Volvo and two, yes, two, […]

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 […]

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 […]

LETTERS: 3.16.17

Zoning Proposals Bad For Montpelier Editor: Returning to Montpelier after several years abroad, I was dismayed by the Planning Commission’s city-wide zoning proposals. If implemented, they would dramatically alter the historic character of our neighborhoods and make Montpelier unrecognizable. The proposals call for too much density, in too short a time, in too many places, […]

LETTERS: 3.2.17

Wind Power Too Loud To the Vermont Public Interest Research Group: You asked for comments on the wind sound rules you would like to see in place. Since this is such a important issue to all Vermonters and your website wouldn’t receive comments, I had to seek other avenues to comment. These are statements you […]

LETTERS: 2.16.17

Central Vermont Good on Food Scrap Diversion Editor: Grow Compost of Vermont’s piece on diverting food scraps was written for a statewide audience. It noted that “Efforts to reduce waste have largely focused on glass, plastic, and paper, yet, food waste make up 28 percent of trash Vermonters throw away.” Grow Compost of Vermont however […]