OPINION: Net Zero Montpelier after the First Year

by Dan Jones It’s now been a year since the Montpelier City Council made the unanimous commitment for the city to become “net zero” in fossil fuel use by 2030. This big goal — to meet all of the energy needs of the city and its residents through renewable supplies in 15 years — is […]

OPINION: Public Service Board Hearing Process a Sham

by  Walter Amses Throughout history,  from the Greek city-states to 19th century union busting, “divide and conquer” has been employed as a strategy for concentrating and maintaining power. The theory is simple yet highly effective: Isolate small factions of the opposing force and crush them individually with overwhelming force. The tactic becomes even more torturous […]

OPINION: Co-op Reaches Labor Pact Ponders Workplace Gains

by  Kari Bradley, general manager Hunger Mountain Cooperative I am proud to work for Hunger Mountain Cooperative, a retail business with a powerful mission. For our nearly 43 years, a key element of that mission has been providing meaningful employment: good jobs that help people in our community meet their financial and professional development goals. […]

OPINION: Stop Spraying Herbicides Along Train Tracks

by John Snell, Montpelier MONTPELIER — Over a year ago a small group of us got wind that the stretch of railroad tracks that runs through Montpelier was about to be sprayed with herbicides to control the vegetation.  I’d seen this happen in the past, an annual event, but had never known it was coming […]

OPINION: Vermont Does Right By Women

by Angela Smith, Happiness Resources Manager at SunCommon Vermont is a great place to live and work. The state receives numerous accolades each year. WalletHub recently released a study which names Vermont the best state for working moms. The study included an analysis of 12 key metrics, including accessibility and affordability of reliable child care, […]

OPINION: City Should Proceed Cautiously on Downtown Smoking Ban

by John Hollar, Mayor, City of Montpelier- The Montpelier City Council has been asked to adopt a ban on smoking in our downtown. Having spent a large portion of my career working on anti-tobacco causes, my bias on this issue is to support all reasonable steps to discourage smoking and protect nonsmokers. As a congressional […]

OPINION: Happiness, Sharing and Possessions

by Constancia Gomez- Amazing! It is  really amazing to me, every day I hear the news and I feel the unhappiness. We should be happy! When I think about how many pairs of sneakers I had when I was young, I laugh. At some point I had two: A blue pair and a green pair. […]

OPINION: Carbon Tax Should be Implemented

by Christina Tang and Mariah Gomes, Montpelier High School Students- We are two students from Montpelier High School studying the costs and benefits of a carbon tax in our economics class. We believe a carbon tax should be implemented into the lives of Vermonters. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “In Vermont, […]

OPINION: Reflections on the 2015 Legislative Session

by Rep. Mary Hooper, D-Montpelier- Dear Friends, I sit here trying to sum up the legislative session, without much success. I was pretty glum about the whole session, until the last day when it became clear that we would begin down the road of making the income tax structure somewhat more progressive. A minimum tax […]

OPINION: Is Growth Always Good?

by George Webb, retired UVM professor   When population increases, development increases: More commercial buildings, houses, apartments, schools, and more and wider roads. My personal experience has been that not all of these changes are good. I moved to Vermont in 1966 when the population was about 423,000. Now it is about 625,000. In 1966 […]