OPINION: Hunger Mountain Coop Reaches New Milestone

by Kari Bradley Last month our cooperative reached a new milestone: we now have over 8,800 member-owners, 8,801 to be exact, continuing a pace of nearly doubling our membership over the past decade. That means we are serving one out of every seven people in Washington County. Together we own and successfully operate a modern, […]

OPINION: Greetings from the New Executive Director of Montpelier Alive

by Dan Groberg Dear Neighbors, Growing up in suburban Connecticut, a dinner out meant piling into the car for a drive. The same was true for a trip to the grocery store, while clothes shopping meant an even longer drive to the nearest shopping mall. Montpelier is certainly a refreshing change of pace. Having now […]

OPINION: Support the School Budget and Bond

by Jim Murphy – member of Montpelier-Roxbury School Board We urge you to vote for the school budget and bond on Town Meeting Day.  Both are critical to providing an excellent and equitable education for our district’s growing student population. Strong public schools, which have needed upgrades to buildings and public spaces, benefit our city […]

Opinion – Higher Education: A Necessity Not a Privilege

by Joyce Judy, President of (CCV) the Community College of Vermont In this time of heightened dialogue about the future of higher education in Vermont, I am compelled to reflect on the narratives that inform and affect our students and their families. I am reminded that our responsibility to Vermont’s students is a collective one, […]

Opinion – Leave the Chains Unbroken

by Larry Floersch As part of immigration reform, there’s a push to ban “chain migration.” According to the Washington Post, Trump has said ending “horrible chain migration” will be a condition of any deal that may protect those facing deportation after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expires. According to the White House, […]

Opinion – The Tiny State with a Big Heart

by Mary Alice Proffitt Every day when I wake up and look out my window, I feel grateful that I live in Vermont. Not only do I love the landscape here, the rural way of life, and the old-fashioned, common sense values, I truly feel inspired by the kindness of the people I meet out […]

Opinion – Restore Cooperative Principles at Hunger Mountain

by Billy Donovan A recent article in The Bridge about the Hunger Mountain Co-op connected the challenges of being a modern co-op, with member criticism of the co-op’s leadership over the past few years. The extent and severity of the problems are complex and difficult to succinctly convey, but this overview of the basics is […]

Opinion – On Healing

by Dr. Brian Ricca, Montpelier Superintendent of Schools It was a tremendously difficult week in Montpelier Public Schools. A life was lost on the campus of Montpelier High School. Nate Giffin was a student in our school system and his mother and father are established members of the Montpelier and greater Vermont community. Many in […]

Opinion – Super Risky Bowl

by Walt Amses While the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have been practicing for a game that may very well eventually kill them, millions of Americans have been preparing to consume enough calories, cholesterol, sodium, and alcohol to contribute to their own untimely deaths as well. Fair is fair after all, and it’s heartening […]

OPINION – Psychiatrists and Their Guild Seek to Block Access to Mental Health

by Dr. Rick Barnett “Psychiatrists in Windsor County are like unicorns, they only exist in our imagination!” proclaimed a mental health provider in that region. The number of psychiatrists is declining across the country, making recruitment of new psychiatrists to Vermont both difficult and expensive. Why then, does the Vermont Psychiatric Association, in partnership with […]