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 […]

OPINION: A Scot in America: Why Did I Care? 9.25.14

by Robbie Harold I left Scotland for good in 1965. I became a U.S. citizen 10 years later, a permanent Vermonter shortly thereafter. Still, the closer the recent Scottish independence referendum came, the more obsessive I got—checking the polls, my Scots cousins’ Facebook posts, the pleas and bribes from British prime minister David Cameron, the fatuousities […]

OPINION: Swords into Plowshares 9.25.14

by Margaret Blanchard I grew up believing in the Good War against the Nazis, in which my uncle died and my father fought to the gates of the Buchenwald concentration camp. I also accepted the importance of the Korean War, waged under the auspices of the United Nations.  But by the Vietnam War, I was ready […]

OPINION: How I Survived My Colonoscopy

By C.B. Hall- Two Decembers ago, before the advent of Obamacare, I purchased a health insurance-policy from a company called Assurant. The firm’s flurry of “welcoming” materials gave two different dates for the commencement of my coverage. I called the toll-free number and determined which date was correct, but sensed the flub-up would prove a […]

The Well-Nigh Irreplaceable Carolyn Grodinsky

By Nat Frothingham- Is there anyone who is truly irreplaceable? In the abstract I would say, “No, no one is irreplaceable. But Carolyn Grodinsky, our key ad sales rep over the past five or so years–Carolyn comes as close to irreplaceable as anyone I can imagine. Carolyn, who is leaving to follow a career dream […]

OPINION: A Political System that Needs Fixing 8.28.14

By Nat Frothingham- There’s something badly wrong with Vermont’s primary election system: almost no one votes, since  there’s no one to vote for. And when it’s that thin and non-competitive in the primary,  it’s thin on the November ballot as well. The day after the August 26 primary election, I phoned city clerk John Odum […]

OPINION: A Healing Walk for First Nations Impacted by Tar Sands Mining

by K.C. Whiteley In late June I traveled to Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta, for the fifth Healing Walk organized by Keepers of the Athabasca—an alliance of First Nations, environmental groups, Metis, and other citizens working to protect the Athabasca River watershed from tar sands mining. The Alberta tar sands are the world’s second-largest oil […]