OPINION: Is Growth Always Good?

by George Webb, retired UVM professor   When population increases, development increases: More commercial buildings, houses, apartments, schools, and more and wider roads. My personal experience has been that not all of these changes are good. I moved to Vermont in 1966 when the population was about 423,000. Now it is about 625,000. In 1966 […]

OPINION: Stop Workplace Bullying Now

by Sherrill Gilbert, State coordinator for the Healthy Workplace Bill   The fight for human rights continues. There is a war going on and like every war there are casualties. In this country the numbers continue to grow each day. Workers in the workplace are targeted. The numbers of families that have been impacted by […]

Support the Ice Rink

by Kim McKee, Nate Hausman and Mariah Quinn, Montpelier   Picture this: An ice rink sparkling under the January sky. Skaters practicing figure eights and small children slowly finding their skating legs, wobbly but happy. Couples bundled up in the cold, thrilled to be outside enjoying the conviviality. After they finish skating, they stay downtown […]

OPINION: Precious Lives are No Laughing Matter

by Morgan W. Brown, Montpelier   Apparently there are those who appear to continue to believe that it is perfectly alright to jest about taking one’s own life or otherwise suicide in general. Sadly, up until only recently, Gov. Peter Shumlin had been among those repeatedly doing so. For those of us who have lost […]

OPINION: Math Problem in the House: Too many Dems

by Rep. Don Turner, House Republican leader, Milton Last November, Vermonters sent a clear message that the status quo no longer worked for them.  Vermonters told us that we needed to get to work to return the state to a sound and sustainable fiscal path, work to make Vermont a more affordable place to live […]

OPINION: Progress in Vermont

Editors Note by Nat Frothingham Here in the immediate aftermath of the just-ended 2015 session of the Vermont Legislature are two quite different appraisals — one from Gov. Shumlin and the other from House Minority Leader Don Turner — of what did or did not happen at the State House this year and what this […]

OPINION: Dual Enrollment Raises College Aspiration

by Stephan Morse Several years ago, a Middlebury student was struggling in high school, unsure of her future. No one in her family had ever attended college. With encouragement, she took English composition at the Community College of Vermont during her senior year of high school. The dual enrollment course, for which she received both […]

OPINION: On Writing: A Passion for History as It Happens

by Lindsey Grutchfield I have been passionate about writing since I first learned to put pencil to paper. My bookshelf is full of notebooks from my childhood stuffed with stories and journal entries, some in cipher, some not. As I grew older, I retained this love of the written word, and I intend to carry it […]

OPINION: Clean Water Advocate: Shumlin’s NRA Ties Prompt Him To Block Bill

by Paul Perley It seems more than strange that H.33 can’t seem to find traction in the legislature. The bill is very simple. It would give municipalities the authority to control the use of their drinking water source, if they so chose, provided the source was a lake or pond. It would affect at most […]

OPINION: In Defense of Parents Who Vaccinate Their Children

by Ashley Shelby In an opinion published in The Bridge’s March 5 edition, anti-vaccine activist and homeopath Charlotte Gilruth makes false and defamatory accusations about the parent-led vaccine organization Voices for Vaccines, for which I volunteer as co-director. The other director, Karen Ernst, is a military wife and mother of three. Neither she nor I […]