Opinions

OPINION: Streams of Justice

OPINION: Streams of Justice

by Margaret Blanchard Like folks flowing from every direction into Montpelier for the Women’s March, a web of visionary/moral/environmental/educational strands is manifesting in Central Vermont around issues of housing, jobs, energy. If cultivated, this weave holds potential for Washington County, at the heart of our state, to become a hub of innovation, a national model […]

OPINION: Zoning on Steroids

by Joe Castellano, Montpelier The planning commission has been working on adopting a new zoning proposal that will affect every neighborhood in Montpelier. While we understand that this has been a lengthy process that has taken quite a few years, we feel that the result is extreme and far too drastic. On March 22, city […]

OPINION: Extend the Right to a Free Press to Student Journalists

by Robbie Maher, St. Albans The rights of a free press are questioned daily in tweets and from the podium in the White House briefing room. Concern about First Amendment rights is nothing new inside the halls of public high schools. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that various constitutional rights give way […]

OPINION: Racial Justice

by Madeline Sharrow, Northfield Central Vermont chapter of the national group, Showing Up for Racial Justice came out in support this week of new racial justice reform bills H.492 and S.116. Showing Up for Racial Justice Central Vermont is a local racial justice community organization and has signed onto the H.492 and S.116 bill in […]

OPINION: Mayor Clarifies Council Process on Manager’s Contract

by Mayor John Hollar, Montpelier There appears to be a great deal of misunderstanding about the Montpelier City Council’s deliberations regarding the city manager’s employment contract. I have been reluctant to comment in detail, since issues related to the manager’s performance are fundamentally a personnel matter. The role of the City Council is to set […]

OPINION: Strengthen The Local Economy with Time Banking

by Dan Towle and Edisa Muller Onion River Exchange, Central Vermont’s community timebank, is ready for the tumultuous times ahead. What is a timebank? It’s a complementary currency in which the currency is time. It’s a currency that everyone possesses. Timebank members earn time-credit for the skills, services and talents they offer to others. They […]

OPINION: Decommissioning Vermont Yankee Means Benefits Sooner Rather Than Later

by Guy Page The advantage to Vermonters of the sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar can be summed up this way: sooner rather than later. As early as 2021 NorthStar would begin a decade’s worth of decommissioning. By comparison, the original decommissioning plan, as prescribed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, would begin no sooner […]

OPINION: Creative Placemaking in Montpelier – what’s Next?

by Ward Joyce, East Montpelier The Pocket Park next to Splash and Langdon Street Alive are “tactical placemaking” projects because they have a specific goal: to test ways to make Montpelier a better city to live in. Great cities are like fabulous parties — people stay because they’re having a great time. Exciting public spaces […]

 OPINION: Modeling a Local and Vibrant Climate Economy

by Jon Copans of the Vermont Council on Rural Development With a national political conversation that seems to become more divisive and fragmented with each passing day, engaging locally to create meaningful and inclusive democratic change is as important as it ever has been. At moments like this, Vermonters have historically responded by gathering in […]

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 […]