OPINION: Second Place Doesn’t Make You Governor

Candidate Scott Milne, who finished a close second to Peter Shumlin in the 2014 Vermont gubernatorial race, announced today (Dec. 8)  that he will ask state legislators to elect him when they take office in January. Milne finished with 45.1 percent of the vote, compared with Shumlin’s 46.4 percent. Vermont’s Constitution requires legislators to choose […]

OPINION: Group Condemns Cost-Shift to Workers and Patients

The Health Care is a Human Right Campaign released the following statement today in response to recent information concerning Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposal to finance Green Mountain Care: “The Health Care is a Human Right Campaign urges the Governor to refrain from financing health care reform through a massive cost-shift to workers and patients. Vermont […]

OPINION: What Happened to Peter Shumlin in the Governor’s Race

by David Kelley Columnists, historians and sociologists lead easy lives. They are beachcombers who dally in the shallows. They never venture very far from land, but they get to sit in judgment of those who do. Politicians are a different breed. In Marge Piercy’s words, “They strain in the mud and the muck to move […]

OPINION: Hubbard Park A Healthy Parcel of Land: Bike Trails Welcome

by Peter Sterling I have to strongly disagree with several statements in Brent Ehrlich’s recent piece in The Bridge titled “Say ‘No’ to Regular Mountain Biking in Hubbard Park.” Mr Ehrlich states that “Hubbard Park is a fragile, special piece of land that has been protected for years.” One can always say that “special” is in […]

OPINION: Say “No” to Regular Mountain Biking in Hubbard Park

In response to Tim Shea’s “A Thank You and Plea” letter requesting that Hubbard Park be opened up to mountain biking: I also took my kids to one of the bike events at Hubbard Park, but my experience and perception was very different than Tim’s. I assumed these were one-off events to teach kids about […]

OPINION: Say “No” to Electronic Voting at Hunger Mountain Coop

by Steven Farnham Members of the Hunger Mountain Co-operative have received the warning for the Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, annual meeting containing the council’s proposed change to the bylaws, which if approved, will enable members to vote changes to the bylaws electronically. With all due respect, in the enthusiastic promotion of what we’re purported to […]

Let’s Make Domestic Violence Awareness 365 Days Long Instead of 31 Days!

by Stephen McArthur Gloria Steinem, American feminist, journalist, author and activist made one startling point and one very teachable point about domestic violence in an interview on October 1, 2014. She reported that if you add up “all the women who have been murdered by their husbands or boyfriends since 9/11, and then you add […]

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 […]