Opinions

OPINION: The Great Saturday That Was

by Jules Rabin, Plainfield There was a 17-year-old high school kid at the table last night, along with half a dozen of us from the larger family; some young, some wizened. It was the kid’s birthday, and we had come together to celebrate him. The kid was the only one of our little party who […]

Comments on the Definition of ‘Independent Contractor’

by Pat McDonald, Barre The problem stems from the lack of a clear definition of independent contractor and employee. And while this is not a headline grabbing issue, it has an impact on unemployment insurance and workers compensation, Vermont’s economy and you — the consumer. There is a test called the ABC test which the […]

OPINION: What is Sanctuary?

by Margaret Blanchard, Montpelier Now that Montpelier is a Sanctuary City, it seems like a good time for us to reflect together on what “sanctuary” means to us. The legal and moral issues involved are being thoroughly investigated through media, government, and support organizations, but the emotional, symbolic, and historic dimensions of this designation are […]

OPINION: Composting Protects The Environment

by Lisa Ransom, Waterbury As Grow Compost heads into 2017, it is focusing on helping businesses meet requirements of Act 148, the universal recycling law — diverting liquid organic wastes from breweries and distilleries, diverting food scraps from businesses and helping businesses cut the amount of food scraps they throw away. Grow Compost’s expansion plan […]

OPINION: Defend Sanctuary Cities

by R.D. Eno, Cabot As many as 20,000 people joined the Montpelier Women’s March on Jan. 21 to affirm a shared system of values expressed succinctly in such familiar slogans as “A Woman’s Right to Choose,” “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege.” These and other […]

OPINION: A Call For Civil Discourse in Education

by Nicole Mace, executive director, Vermont School Boards Association As leaders in education, it is our obligation to model civil discourse. When faced with conflict or opposing priorities, do we want future generations to approach a situation with humility and a commitment to understanding, or do we want them to draw a line in the […]

OPINION: Trump Dumping and Liberal Amnesia

by Gerard Renfro, Montpelier “You deserve the king you get” — Thomas Jefferson As much as I dislike Trump as a public official, I cannot agree with the rash of hysteria and doomsday prophecies such as those printed in the Jan. 5 Bridge. Has no one noticed that this hysteria is exactly what happened with […]

OPINION: The Rising Costs of Climate Denial

by Michael Cody, Hardwick When it comes to the increasingly pressing environmental issue of global warming/climate change, the short-sighted, deceitful, tactics of the fossil fuel industry and their institutional puppets are hardly surprising. But the continued refusal to understand and accept what far too many experts now recognize as a very grave, and immediate, threat […]

OPINION: Montpelier’s Experiment in Land Use Regulation

by Paul Gillies Hearing, Montpelier Planning Commission Final Draft, Bylaws Monday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. City Council Chambers Next Monday night, January 5, the Montpelier Planning Commission holds its first hearing on its final draft of the bylaws. They are available at the city website, and invite thoughts about what has been proposed. Respect the […]

OPINION: New Year’s Predictions

by Morgan Brown, Montpelier In 2017 and beyond, after he is officially sworn into office, the following is predicted to occur under President Donald Trump’s administration: President Trump’s Treasury Secretary will replace existing United States currency of all denominations, both coin and paper bills, with ones bearing the image as well as the name of […]