Opinions

OPINION: ‘Herd’ on the Street: GMO Labeling and Betrayal

by Gerard Renfro “For the times they are a changing … back” — (from the movie ‘Bob Roberts’) I am one of those protesters who stand in front of the post office each Friday denouncing state-sanctioned murder. We hold our protest signs facing the street. Sometimes we get gratitude, sometimes we get attitude. On July […]

OPINION: Act 46: Big Rewards for Thinking Inside the Box

by David Kelley, Greensboro The authors of Act 46 said their goals were: 1. educational equity, 2. academic excellence, 3. efficiency and 4. transparency. Only the Grinch who stole Christmas would oppose those goals. But there is a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does. Act 46 does not reward equity. […]

OPINION: Why Bike Markings on the Street?

by Suzanne Eikenberry Judging by Front Porch Forum conversations, many Montpelier residents and visitors have been perplexed by the new road markings that popped up around town this June. Main, State, Elm and Barre Streets now have “sharrows,” a picture of the bicyclist with two arrows at the top painted in the center of a […]

OPINION: On Zoning: Reduce Certain Areas, Revise Density Changes and Keep Hearings Open

by Steve Sease Presented to the City Council June 15, 2016 To: Mayor Hollar and Montpelier City Council Re: Section 2 of Proposed Zoning Bylaws Summary: I would like to suggest the following: 1. Reduce the geographic extent of the Mixed Use Residential zone. 2. Reduce the geographic extent of the Urban Center zone. 3. […]

OPINION: Dallas Destroys National Rifle Association “Good Guy” Fantasy

by Walt Amses Along with the usual bizarre right-wing responses to the tragedy in Dallas, came the conspicuous absence of the usual call for more guns that generally follows mass shootings in this country before the bodies are even cold.  Even the bottom feeders at the National Rifle Association were silent regarding the circumstances surrounding the […]

OPINION On Zoning: Reduce, Revise and Keep Open To Hearings

Presented to the City Council June 15, 2016 To: Mayor Hollar and Montpelier City Council From: Steve Sease, former member and chair, Montpelier Planning Commission, former land use attorney and director of planning, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Re: Section two of Proposed Zoning Bylaws Reduce the geographic extent of the Mixed Use Residential zone. […]

OPINION: Act 46: Big Rewards for Thinking Inside the Box

by David Kelley, Greensboro The authors of Act 46 said their goals were:  1. educational equity, 2. academic excellence, 3. efficiency and 4. transparency. Only the Grinch who stole Christmas would oppose those goals. But there is a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does. Act 46 does not reward equity.  Act 46 […]

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky!  “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky! “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

From The Breeze by Sam Murray, Callie Dalley, Kaitlyn O’Reilly and Izzy Banse Feminine hygiene products have been taxed since 1973, making anyone with a period pay extra for their monthly necessities. Following a successful campaign in 2000, the tax was lowered considerably, but women still pay tax on tampons and pads. This is unfair […]

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

From The Breeze by Hannah Eschelbach Even if more money doesn’t equal more power, there’s still the idea that the rich are more cultured and more easily immersed in what are known as ‘high-class’  activities. The reason for this isn’t that they are all snobs, it’s just that they can afford to be thus immersed. […]

OPINION: Mentors Help Students Succeed

by Wendy Freundlich, Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Marie Russ, a Worcester student, graduated from U-32 High School at the top of the class of 2016. Russ has been in the Girls/Boyz First Mentoring program for eight years and her mentor is Judy Copa. She has been accepted at UVM with a very generous scholarship. At age […]