Posts filed under: Commentary

Megan Manley | Trails of Resilience founder We hiked Mt. Philo on June 11 in memory of Chris Desjardin of Colchester. About 35 of his friends and family attended. We...
Peter Demick of Charlotte I like Trails. Calm reflective strolls listening to birds in the trees. What I don’t like are bad trails shoved down our throat. Recently the Trails...
Ruah Swennerfelt, Charlotte In 2016 Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. continued to lay a controversial 41-mile natural gas pipeline through Chittenden and Addison counties as citizen opponents filed an appeal in...
By Emilie Krasnow Every year on Town Meeting Day, I am filled with memories from my childhood. Charlotte Central School was closed, but we woke up early in my house...
By Beth Phillips We carried our sign, “Vermont Women on the Right Side of History.” The Fox News reporter spotted us leaving the Capitol Mall, walking towards Central Station metro,...
By Andrea Haulenbeek I would like to thank Lydia Horsford Radimer (a high school friend and distant cousin) for giving me The Charlotte News’ wonderful story of the Elijah Alexander...
Catherine Bock | Contributor The next morning we helped install a floor in a tent housing a group of Northwest Indians who offered us oranges and venison jerky in appreciation....
Catherine Bock | Contributor I am in the noisy, crowded, over-heated tent known as grandma’s kitchen having finished the delicious buffalo stew served to me because, as an elder, I...
Alexandra Lazar | Contributor In mid-October, an application was filed to turn the old barn at 783 Mt. Philo Road into a wedding/event venue. This event barn would host up...
Whatever the name—global warming, climate change—it’s not a hoax, and excessive carbon dioxide (CO2) is a prime cause. In Vermont, transportation, predominantly from driving cars and trucks, is the largest...
“Am I ready to risk arrest today?” I asked myself as my husband and I took part in a nonviolent direct action near Geprags Park in Hinesburg on Oct. 20,...
Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas | Interim Senior Pastor of the Charlotte Congregational Church As an African American minister, I must acknowledge that the opinions I’m about to share are...
I have been hearing that we have too much conserved land in Charlotte and that the Town Plan currently up for review and comment is too “green” and anti-economic development....
Here is what should happen. According to Vermont Voter Rights, if you find your name is not on the list, the town clerk or presiding officer will immediately investigate and...
Biologists claim the only life-threatening fauna in Vermont are the endangered timber rattlers making their homes in Benson. Benson wasn’t my first choice when I was looking for a home....
These reminders are not attempts to diminish the atrocity of the Orlando shootings, but rather to rouse an otherwise uninformed nation out of its complicity in an age-old act of...
In my position as election official I will carry out every part of the Charter to the best of my ability, which I have stated previously, “supporting the majority of...
In the February 25, 2016 issue of The Charlotte News, the town clerk/treasurer raised issues related to the proposed town charter and told us, “It’s important to listen to the...
I shared my path to becoming involved in Vermont politics. I was fortunate to grow up in a home where my parents and siblings regularly engaged in conversations about politics....
Charlotte is currently experiencing a shortage of volunteers willing to run for elected office or serve on the town’s various committees and commissions (see the February 25 edition of The...