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 […]

OPINION: Blanchard Park Development: Another View

In our last issue, Montpelier city councilman Thierry Guerlain presented a proposal for the development of a parking garage and housing in the Blanchard Park neighborhood of the city, in back of the Pitkin Building. Below, Calais resident and Montpelier property owner Mason Singer presents an opposing viewpoint. I read Thierry Guerlain’s 6/26–7/16, 2014, op-ed […]

OPINION: A Call for Comments: Newspaper Cooperative as Community-spirited Journalism

by C.B. Hall Hear the word co-op and you’ll likely think of a food co-op. That’s natural enough: Washington County has three active food co-ops, and the state has 14 of them, with 4 more forming. But Vermont also has cooperative creameries, an energy cooperative, a workers’ cooperative, and cooperative credit unions. It has a […]

OPINION: Meditation Tradition Continues at Christ Church

by Rev. Regis Cummings The first gathering of the Christian Meditation Group at Christ Episcopal Church on State Street in Montpelier was on July 10, 1989. Twenty-five years later, we are still meeting Mondays from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Many individuals from various faith visions have graced our gatherings, meditating in silence. The rediscovery […]

OPINION: Open Up Berlin Pond

by Eddie Dew Recent letters to this and several other newspapers have raised the issue of access to Berlin Pond for various recreational purposes. Most of the comments in these letters are massively overstated or imply the potential for greatly exaggerated health issues from even the mildest form of access. To keep from getting into […]

OPINION: Annual VbC Event Focuses on Strengthening Community Bonds

by Heidi White June 21 and 22 will be the sixth annual Village-building Convergence (VbC) at AllTogetherNow! on 170 Cherry Tree Hill Road in East Montpelier. The project comes out of Transition Town Montpelier’s focus on building community and bringing people together through free skill-share workshops. It is based on a model that was initiated […]

OPINION: Getting on the American Roundabout

by Joanne Garton Cars are great for getaways, but not just from bank heists or bad dates. In our cars, we retreat from the world. Windows closed and radio on, we motor forward, following only the rules of the road. To drive is to be free, and as Americans, sometimes that’s all we really want […]

OPINION: The Importance of Ash Trees, or, What Is Threatening the Original Vermonter?

by Steven Sinclair There’s an old saying that goes, “Every day is Earth Day for a forester.” This might be a bit of a stretch, but certainly the benefits derived from the wise use and management of trees and forests, all the things that foresters promote through forest stewardship, make Earth a better place. It […]

OPINION: An “Exchange on Steroids” Helps No One

by Peter Sterling The visionaries who founded our country did not give women the right to vote. Nor did they outlaw one of the most heinous of all crimes: slavery. Proof positive that even brilliant people sometimes come up with bad ideas, just like the rest of us. And Vermont’s own history has a few […]

OPINION: Where the Flowers Bloom

by Susan D. Auld My garden on Wood Road in Shady Rill in Middlesex, the Vermont State House and the flowers lining the granite walkway of Christ Church Memorial Garden all serve as favorite places of greens and vibrant flowers. My legislative friend, Lixi Fortna of Warren, grew lush clematis vines on her trellis. Each […]