Posts filed under: Commentary

Pride and engagement in town affairs

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...

Making history at the Women’s March

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,...

In remembrance of Elijah Alexander House

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...

Standing Rock: Day two and beyond

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....

Reflections from a week at Standing Rock

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...

MY TURN: An argument against the Mt. Philo Road barn development

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...

COMMENTARY: Slow down climate change

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...

COMMENTARY: “Am I ready to risk arrest today?”

“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,...

COMMENTARY: I can’t afford not to vote

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...

Commentary: Thoughts about Charlotte’s future

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....

Commentary: Voter rights are at risk in Charlotte

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...

Commentary: Critters and full moons

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....

The forgotten history of mass shootings in America

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...

Commentary: Clearing the air around the charter

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...

Commentary: Town clerk/treasurer’s office—Is it time for a change?

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...

Commentary: Political returns at CVU

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....

Commentary: Town government runs on volunteer energy – but it doesn’t come free

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...

Commentary: Clyde’s side

At the conclusion of the budget process, CCS Director Nostrand was at pains to make it clear that I should conduct myself as a team player. Her logic was routine:...

Commentary: What is a ‘reasonable compromise’?

Are solutions to climate change are a 'reasonable compromise'? See if you agree with what Ed Amidon thinks....

Commentary: Proposed zoning amendments for village commercial district – “permitted” use versus “conditional” use

As a group dedicated to responsible revitalization of Charlotte’s villages, we would like to focus attention on what we believe to be an important proposed change to Charlotte’s Land Use...