Opinions

OPINION: Fossil Fuel Investments Too Risky

by Maeve McBride, Coordinator of 350Vermont I’m struck by the strange pace of life under the golden dome in Montpelier. On one hand, policy-making seems to progress at a glacial pace. On the other hand, the pace can be so fast, if you’re not watching carefully, you’ll miss the grand slam moment. One of those […]

OPINION: Educational Reform: Another Brick In the Wall?

“Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone” — Pink Floyd by Gerard Renfro The Act 46 forum at the Kellogg Hubbard Library was a refreshing change to the usual debate and I definitely appreciated Dave Kelley’s caution that theory is no substitute for reality. Even so, focusing only on the details of legislation is not adequate […]

OPINION: Entrepreneur Asks Economic Questions

by Wavell Cowan A widely acknowledged economic “problem” of this political year is the increasing gap in wealth between the so-called 1 percent and the rest of us. Economic inequality was recently explored in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs. In one of the essays the author quoted the so-called Bossuet paradox – “God laughs […]

OPINION: Industrial Wind Turbines Jeopardize Air Travel Safety

by Brian Dubie, Chair, Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association It was my honor to serve as Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor for eight years. While I was in office, I was invited to tour the site of a proposed industrial wind turbine complex in Ira. My tour guide, a commercial pilot, explained his concerns about the project’s […]

OPINION: Zero-Sort (of) Recycling

by Cassandra Hemenway In the last issue of The Bridge, Larry Floersch provided a bit of entertainment with his tongue-in-cheek analysis of “Zero-Sort” recycling in “A State of Mind: Zero-Sort Recycling?” Recycling nerds like me can use a shot of humor about a subject we occasionally take too seriously, so I’m not knocking it. But […]

OPINION: Eminent Domain: Public Tool or Economic Weapon?

by Gerard Renfro If “the public good” is the motive, smashing the beverage store is not the right means. Bicycle use here in Montpelier is never going to be adopted by the mainstream in any significant way. Montpelier could not even get a freely offered bike share program to succeed. Most people do not have […]

OPINION: Giving Thanks

by Rebecca Holcombe Ask anyone in Vermont about his or her favorite educator, and you are likely to get an animated response. In fact, chances are that if you ask people about who had the greatest influence on them, many will name a teacher. Even Governor Peter Shumlin has attributed much of his success to […]

OPINION: Why Did a Group of Elmore Residents Work to Defeat the Merger? (Between Elmore and Morristown school districts)

by Jan Miller The reason is simple — because we want Elmore to remain a viable and sustainable community that continues to offer unique educational opportunities to its children and families -— in other words, to maintain the Vermont tradition of small towns caring for their own. What does the Elmore community look like? The […]

OPINION: Life These Days

by Constancia Gomez Thanks to my Psychology class at the University of Vermont, I can understand American society a little bit more. As a teacher and a mother, I see everyday kids struggle. Kids struggle with simple things. Take these examples: rushing, transitions, choosing what to do with free time or bedtime or eating. These […]

OPINION: Give Thanks — And Give it Away!

by Jon M. Sweeney and Rabbi Michal Woll Thanksgiving may just be the most universally cherished and observed of American holidays. We share it without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, geography or sexual orientation. The two of us have really dear, although different, memories of the day from childhood. For Jon, it was a festive […]