OPINION: What now for Montpelier’s Schools?

by Ben Huffman Was this year’s voter rejection of Montpelier’s school budget a fluke? Baby boomers – that outsized cohort born from 1946 through 1964 – have continually reshaped American society. They moved to Vermont in large numbers during the 1960′s and early ’70′s.  This influx plus Vermont’s home grown boomers brought about the creation […]

OPINION: GMO Labels Needed for Informed Food Choice

by Kari Bradley, General Manager, Hunger Mountain Coop As the general manager of a natural foods cooperative with more than 7,000 owners, I express my support for H.112, the GMO labeling legislation currently under consideration in the Senate. Our customers have always taken food seriously, wanting to know the full story behind the products they […]

OPINION: Invest in Education, Citizens and our Community

by Nathan Suter Everyone who lives in Montpelier cares about the future of our special city. One of the most important investments we can make together is in our public schools. A strong public education system is the very foundation of civil society and determines everything from learning opportunities for our children and how they […]

OPINION: The Local Joke? Hunger Games in a Neighborly Economy

by Gerard Renfro “You live in a world of illusion where everything’s peaches and cream” – Steve Miller What we consider “local” is actually a tangle of competitive politics and personal indulgence. For this year’s April Fools’ joke, I submit the following because it represents one crazy view on this tangle of interrelated issues that make […]

OPINION: Knowledge Is Power: Providing Access to Knowledge Is Essential in Fighting Poverty

by Morgan W. Brown Several years ago I advocated that courses in the humanities be offered and taught to those within Vermont who might have otherwise gone without the opportunities and benefits of these. For example: people living in poverty; people living homeless; persons incarcerated in jails, prisons or other institutions; and people living in […]

OPINION: 21st Century Education: “It Still Takes a Village”

by Luke Foley, 2014 Vermont Teacher of the Year How often in your educational experience did you wonder, “When am I ever going to use this?” As an educator, this is the dreaded question. It questions the relevance of what we do, challenging us to identify how our teaching is preparing our students for their […]

Opinion: S.287 Is Legislation at Its Worst

by Morgan W. Brown   S.287 (an act relating to involuntary treatment and medication), introduced in the state Senate this year, has been greatly fast-tracked at the behest of Governor Shumlin and the hospital association, among others. This bill would not only expedite the court process involved, which is bad enough on its own, but […]

Opinion: Why an Investment in Public Higher Education Matters

by Linda Olson Public higher education has become increasingly unaffordable in Vermont. According to Vermont State Colleges (VSC) data, state support for higher education has steadily declined in the past 34 years. In 1980, state appropriations provided 51 percent of VSC revenue, while 49 percent came from student tuition. Today, less than 18 percent of […]

Opinion: The Race Continues

A Progressive Vision for Montpelier by Gwendolyn Hallsmith What’s your vision for Montpelier? I see a city that still feels like a small town, where people have good work they’ve created from the lifelong education opportunities here. We have a vibrant, historic downtown, healthy ecosystems, safe neighborhoods and affordable housing; we run on renewable energy. […]

Op-Ed: The Post Office: Expiring Haven of Community and Privacy

by C. B. Hall   I, too, grimace at the 49 cents it now costs to mail a letter, but there’s more to the story than pennies. Forty years ago, when I lived in an intentional community in the Northeast Kingdom, a letter cost eight cents. Mail was abundant, and the walk to the post […]