OPINION: Dual Enrollment Raises College Aspiration

by Stephan Morse Several years ago, a Middlebury student was struggling in high school, unsure of her future. No one in her family had ever attended college. With encouragement, she took English composition at the Community College of Vermont during her senior year of high school. The dual enrollment course, for which she received both […]

OPINION: On Writing: A Passion for History as It Happens

by Lindsey Grutchfield I have been passionate about writing since I first learned to put pencil to paper. My bookshelf is full of notebooks from my childhood stuffed with stories and journal entries, some in cipher, some not. As I grew older, I retained this love of the written word, and I intend to carry it […]

OPINION: Clean Water Advocate: Shumlin’s NRA Ties Prompt Him To Block Bill

by Paul Perley It seems more than strange that H.33 can’t seem to find traction in the legislature. The bill is very simple. It would give municipalities the authority to control the use of their drinking water source, if they so chose, provided the source was a lake or pond. It would affect at most […]

OPINION: In Defense of Parents Who Vaccinate Their Children

by Ashley Shelby In an opinion published in The Bridge’s March 5 edition, anti-vaccine activist and homeopath Charlotte Gilruth makes false and defamatory accusations about the parent-led vaccine organization Voices for Vaccines, for which I volunteer as co-director. The other director, Karen Ernst, is a military wife and mother of three. Neither she nor I […]

OPINION: Cool The Arctic, Save The World

by Cody Michaels So it’s official:  The National Academy of Sciences recently announced that we are in fact in a climate crisis of our own making due to our failure to get off fossil fuels when we should have done that back in the 1970s and ’80s. The academy is now calling for dramatic reductions […]

OPINION: Dancing and Singing is Fun and Healthy

by Constancia Gomez I have been lucky enough to dance and sing with many kids around the state since I stopped teaching Spanish full time in a school. I really think that kids learn best when they are happy, and singing is a great tool for teaching. I have been singing Spanish songs with kids, with […]

OPINION: Being Spanish In Vermont

by Constancia Gomez WARREN — I am so lucky that I live in Vermont. I love my family; I love my diverse group of friends and  I love Vermont, but I also love Argentina and my life there. When I think about my childhood and all the possibilities that I have in Buenos Aires, growing […]

OPINION: Save Vermont’s “Blue Gold”

by Dot Helling It is time for Vermonters to take charge and prioritize the security of our drinking water. Clean, safe drinking water sources are threatened; some are already contaminated. Contamination comes most notably from agricultural runoff, but it also comes from recreational uses. Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, D-Montpelier, has said, “Vermont stands alone in its […]

OPINION: Reality Bites (the Dust)

by Walt Amses The snow is so deep and powdery that it has a flow,  like wading through three feet of water without resistance as my snowshoes seem to glide — like walking on a cloud.  By any measure, it’s bitterly cold but it doesn’t seem to matter this day.  Abundant sunshine and no wind […]

OPINION: Protecting Our Drinking Water

by Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, D-Montpelier Beginning with the governor’s state of the state message, much attention has been paid to the issue of clean water. That’s a good thing, because the governor has admitted that we are  losing the fight for clean water. Of course, much of the attention has been focused on the  “crown […]