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Opinion: Former governor endorses McEathron

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Jim Douglas



I’m quite impressed with Calvin McEathron, who’s running for the Legislature from Middlebury.

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Opinion: Green energy project impacts should be shared

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Peter Rothschild



As yesterday’s article in the Rutland Herald demonstrated, a major issue in achieving Vermont’s goal of producing 90 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050 is how to balance what has been determined to be the public good with the democratic character of our society.

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Opinion: Fellow student urges support for Calvin McEathron

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Mark Dickerson



As a 21-year-old who grew up in the Middlebury area and is currently attending Middlebury College, I would encourage Vermonters of all generations to vote for Calvin McEathron.

While Calvin is focused on a number of big initiatives, his commitment to affordable higher education is particularly important to me. As a college student himself, Calvin understands the rising cost of education as well as the importance of receiving pertinent job training.

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Community Forum: Police protest selection of Abu-Jamal

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By George Merkel



This week’s writer is Chief George Merkel of the Vergennes Police Department, who is writing in his role as president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Opinion: PSB should reexamine Phase I pipeline project

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Bethany Barry Menkart



I call on the Public Service Board to re-open discussion of the permit for Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline. Here are some of the reasons.

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Opinion: Carbon tax could help pay for weatherization efforts

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Fran Putnam



Your extensive and excellent coverage of the People’s Climate March in New York accurately portrayed the remarkable gathering of people who came together to express our deep concern about climate change. The mood at the march was overwhelmingly hopeful, but as your guest editorial asked, “What, really, was accomplished?”

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Opinion: Nuovo, Sheldon would make great legislative team

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



There are many reasons to support Betty Nuovo and Amy Sheldon in the coming election for state representative from Middlebury. One reason is that both Nuovo and Sheldon have already demonstrated their commitment to the town of Middlebury through their many constructive contributions over the last two decades.

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Guest editorial: 'Sweat equity' defined

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have figured out that exercise safeguards against depression.

Anyone who experiences stress — absolutely every person on the planet — knows physical activity makes you feel better. There’s nothing like a brisk walk — around the Trail Around Middlebury, in the Green Mountains or just around town, or a run or bike ride— to clear one’s mind of life’s annoyances.

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Opinion: How individuals make a difference on climate change

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



In a recent piece in The New Yorker, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and Ripton resident Bill McKibben summed up the role of protestors and how individuals make a difference:

“I’ve never thought that people didn’t care. I’ve always thought that, to the contrary, climate change caused a peculiar combination of deep dread and a sense of powerlessness. We are, after all, so small compared to physics. We sense that our individual actions (the light bulbs, the Priuses) won’t add up to enough to matter.

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Opinion: Solar power projects are benefiting developers

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Will Bordeau



Given the threat of global warming, it is critical that we prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere. However, the current system of solar development harms our communities while enriching the developers who quietly push legislation through Montpelier with well-placed lobbyists and campaign donations.

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