OPINION: Give Thanks — And Give it Away!

by Jon M. Sweeney and Rabbi Michal Woll Thanksgiving may just be the most universally cherished and observed of American holidays. We share it without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, geography or sexual orientation. The two of us have really dear, although different, memories of the day from childhood. For Jon, it was a festive […]

OPINION: Think Twice Before Cutting Medicaid

The 400 richest Americans now make as much money as the poorest 150 million by Peter Sterling To paraphrase Mark Twain, tales of Medicaid’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Recent news reports tell us that the state will have to find $38 million to cover a deficit in Medicaid costs this year and another $58 […]

OPINION: Hunger Mountain Bylaws Change Was Cobbled Together

by Carl Etnier Members of Hunger Mountain Coop will vote at the November 15 annual meeting on changing the co-op’s bylaws. It’s a proposal from a highly divided co-op council, which voted 5 to 4 for the proposal. Like the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 “Bush v. Gore” decision, the council vote was the […]

OPINION: Vote ‘No’ On Hunger Mountain Coop Bylaw Change

by Billy Donovan   At their upcoming annual meeting November 15, The Hunger Mountain Coop will be asking members to vote on a bylaw change that would alter the current system of “voting through deliberation at a meeting,” to an “online system of voting.” As an active member-owner, it is my belief that the current […]

OPINION: Your Drinking Water: Managing the Risk of Recreation on the Source

Protection of drinking water sources is serious business in most New England states and New York. The laws may be administered by the state, community or water utility, but almost every state prohibits or restricts swimming and body contact in water supply sources. Other recreation is banned or limited largely depending on the size of […]

OPINION: Industrial Wind Farm Would Pollute Water

FAIRFIELD — My husband Bruce and I have lived on Fairfield Pond, in Fairfield for 16 years. We’ve run the Fairfield Pond Recreation Association for 14 of those years. Water quality issues have been at the forefront of our efforts.  My previous career at Vermont Local Roads was a federal/state program providing training and technical […]

OPINION: Education Quality Reviews: The Whole Picture

by Emily Fowler   Current models of federal accountability have focused on English/language arts, mathematics and student test results. As a result, school systems across the nation have distorted educational practice, winnowing school goals and discounting other learning, which is valuable for a well-rounded citizen. In 2013, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted the […]

OPINION: Stop Industrial Wind Development — We Must Protect Our Ridgelines, Lakes and Streams

by Brian Dubie In 2009, when I was serving as lieutenant governor, I was invited to the Bolton Valley Ski Area resort for the commissioning of a wind turbine manufactured by Barre workers. Its blade height was a very modest 120-feet, and the tower was on a scale to fit in with the ski resort […]

OPINION: Reduce Lawn Size to Save the Environment, Time and Money

by George Plumb Deborah Markowitz, writing as secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources and as a Jew, recently wrote about the spiritual responsibility of dealing with climate change. In it, she stated “And with each of us doing ‘something’ we can change the world.” As a Unitarian Universalist I also try to practice our […]

OPINION: Multifarious Multimodalism: Different Ways of Getting Around

by Carl Etnier A multimodal transportation center is key to the development plans for One Taylor Street in Montpelier. When it’s complete, people will be able to walk, bicycle or drive there and get onto Greyhound or Green Mountain Transit Agency busses. They’ll be able to transfer from regional busses to intercity busses or vice versa. […]