Opinions

Pride in Barre’s Heritage, Fun in Barre’s Heritage Festival

Pride in Barre’s Heritage, Fun in Barre’s Heritage Festival

by Lucas Herring Summers aren’t long in Vermont, and many of us have just finished celebrating a great historical moment—the birth of our nation on Independence Day. In Barre, summer also means that we are gearing up to celebrate the city’s history and culture with the annual Barre Heritage Festival. Over the years, the festival […]

The Community Honors Nat Frothingham and Kicks off Bridge to the Future Fundraising Campaign

The Community Honors Nat Frothingham and Kicks off Bridge to the Future Fundraising Campaign

The Friends of The Bridge, a new 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, kicked off its Bridge to the Future fundraising campaign with a community celebration on June 6 at the College Hall Gallery of The Vermont College of Fine Arts. The event, which drew more than 100 people, honored the contribution and service of retiring editor and […]

Helping Friends and Family with Suicidal Thoughts

by Karen Kurle I have had the humble privilege of working in mental health emergency services for 20 years.  People frequently ask me, “How do you continue to do that work?  It must be so hard and sad.”  The truth is, sometimes it is hard and sad, but it is also filled with true hope.  […]

A Letter to Gov. Scott from COVE

Dear Governor Scott, On behalf of the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), we write to encourage you to sign the Fiscal Year 2019 budget the Legislature has set forth during the special session. While COVE is not directly engaged in the discussions related to the tax bill and property tax rates, we firmly believe that […]

Why I Love My (Reel) Mower

by Charles W. Johnson Now that it’s getting close to the dreaded mowing season, when folks spend much precious free time tending their patch of lawn, I’d like to pass on some thoughts about the benefit and joy (well, maybe not “joy” exactly, let’s say “satisfaction”) of using an old-fashioned reel mower—you know, the one […]

Advice from Dad to a Grad

by Kenneth Jones I graduated high school a long time ago. When I graduated, there was no Internet, no cell phones, and not even cable television. Cars were just transitioning to unleaded gasoline and climate change not yet to be a public policy discussion. My son, Henry, will graduate next week, and if I were clever […]

Disturbances on Scribner Street

Disturbances on Scribner Street

by Maggie Neale How can the actual length of a street in Montpelier that has brought me home for 23 years and been maintained by the city suddenly be in question, with the suggestion by the Montpelier Director of Public Works that the portion of the city street ends before my driveway entrance? What? How […]

A Year With No Garden

A Year With No Garden

by Mimi Clark Gardens are what transform houses into homes. Homes have gardens. Gardens announce the presence of a homemaker. Homemaking is the art of creating an escape from the complexities, the chaos, and the noise of the rest of the world, a lost art form that traditionally has been reserved for women. The Betty […]

Green Bag and Pointed Stick

by Jules Rabin Besides the mighty changes going on in the country now that keep some of us tuned in as never before to the daily news, I can testify to a small change on our road in Marshfield. Yesterday, my wife and I went out on our quiet, unpaved road in observance of Green […]

A Step Forward for Food Recovery and Security  for Our Region

A Step Forward for Food Recovery and Security for Our Region

by Allison Levin Did you know that every season about one million pounds of food is grown on farms in Washington County that never gets to our kitchens and dining room tables? Despite the fact that the need for that food has never been greater, food insecurity continues to be a major issue for too […]