Opinions

OPINION: Learn To Live With Wind Power

by Donald de Voil, Montpelier, part-time instructor for the Vermont State Colleges Vermont is a net importer of electricity. Every day, the state consumes significantly more electricity than is generated here (U.S. Energy Information Administration). This allows Vermonters to enjoy the benefits of electricity, without having to deal with many of the realities of electricity […]

OPINION: Student Voices on Immigration

Montpelier High School Social Studies Teacher Heather McLane assigned her students to write paragraphs sharing their opinion about an issue that they have studied, support their opinion with a bit of evidence and include a call to action. Below are some of the results.   by Jason Tomasi Trump’s travel ban has made the United […]

OPINION: The Winds of Woe

by Annette Smith, Danby Prospective neighbors of wind turbines heard all the promises: “Quiet as a library. The same decibel-level as a refrigerator.” More brazen wind developers claimed “you will not hear them.” Then the 450-foot wind towers with their bus-size (generator housing) and three-bladed fans were built. Sixteen in Sheffield, four on Georgia Mountain, […]

OPINION: Support Affordable Housing

by Eileen Peltier, executive director, Downstreet Housing and Community Development Two weeks ago I testified at the State House to ask the legislature to support the governor’s proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing; last week Vermont mayors and other advocates of the bond gathered at the State House for a press conference. In supporting […]

OPINION: Kudos to Legislature for Passing Shield Law for Journalists

by Michael Donoghue, executive director of the Vermont Press Association The Vermont Press Association praises and thanks the Vermont Legislature for approving a shield law designed to protect journalists from unwarranted subpoenas concerning their sources. The House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation, 140 to 2, April 20 and is sending the measure […]

OPINION: The Walking City

by Michael Badamo, Montpelier In 1910 Montpelier actually was a walking city, a description today’s planners and developers claim as a goal. In 1910 horses still plodded down State Street, while a few automobiles edged slowly through pedestrians who walked freely just about everywhere. A small trolley loop ran around town. But mostly people walked […]

OPINION: Make Montpelier A Coherent, Uncluttered Community

by Brenda Thow, Montpelier The last issue’s opinion piece on “Place Making” by Ward Joyce was very informative. It has given me the opportunity to express ideas I’ve had for a long time about Montpelier. Ward relates how Montpelier wants to test ways to “make Montpelier a better city to live in, make it more […]

OPINION: Student Voices

Montpelier High School Social Studies Teacher Heather McLane assigned her students to write paragraphs sharing their opinion about an issue that they have studied, support their opinion with a bit of evidence and include a call to action. Below are some of the results. ON CLIMATE CHANGE: by Grace Valentine Our climate is suffering. Oceans […]

OPINION: Three Menus and a Maybe: Comparing Film Festival Documentaries

by Gerard Renfro There are two laws that must be obeyed: that of nature and that of human dignity — Vandana Shiva (paraphrased). As always the Green Mountian Film Festival  had some great documentaries. Three that I watched were “Seeds: The Untold Story,” “Tomorrow,” and “Food Evolution.” “Seeds: The Untold Story” and “Tomorrow” discussed a […]

OPINION: It’s Time for ‘Green Burials’ in Vermont

by Claudia Ines Pringles, attorney, Montpelier Did you know that Tony Soprano has a better chance at a green burial than we do here in Vermont? It’s time for Vermont to catch up to New Jersey on the issue of environmentally conscience burials, and, as has been evident with recent legislation, Vermont proponents of eco-friendly […]