Opinion Index

Burlington College: Politics or Governance?
July 11, 2017

Stay the Course in Vermont Healthcare
June 27, 2017

On suicide, and what it tells us about our social and economic policies
June 21, 2017

Puccini in Middlebury
June 10, 2017

When reverence for our past blinds us to our future….
June 1, 2017

Memorial Day 2017
May 28, 2017

A Nation of Cranks?
May 5, 2017

Creative Invention: Plan for the future, learn from the past
April 20, 2017

To Hell in a Man-basket?
April 18, 2017

Ethics Meltdown in Legislature

Middlebury Student Meltdown
March 11, 2017

The Death Throes of the “Trickle-Down” Mantra?
February 28, 2017

Time to Resume Teaching Civics and Begin Teaching Media Literacy
February 13, 2017

Vermont’s Ageing Legacy Systems
February 7, 2017

Hearing loss? Speak up ! Stop mumbling!
February 6, 2017

The Plague of Willful Ignorance
January 29, 2017

Vermonters Want a Real Ethics Commission
January 24, 2017

The Local and National Political Dialogues: a study in contrasts
January 18, 2017

Religions of God and of Men
December 12, 2016

Did the traditional media really fail us?
November 22, 2016

Consensus or Democratic Stasis?
November 6, 2016

Corruption at Home
October 18, 2016

The Right to Vote is Also a Responsibility to Vote
October 11, 2016

Car Lust
October 3, 2016

Nonprofit Boards and Leadership Failures
September 30, 2016

Ethics and Strategy
September 18, 2016

Coming of Age
September 14, 2016

Time for a National Service
August 8, 2016

Our Easy Titles May Mask Violent Realities
July 29, 2016

What Are They Thinking?
July 22, 2016

News and Democracy Are Not Free
July 12, 2016

Key Note to Nat. Ass. of Comm. Dev. Exec. Profs. & The Ass. of Nat. Res. Ext. Profs -June 26, 2016
June 27, 2016

The Long Road to Acceptance
June 22, 2016

Prison, a barometer of our collective failures?
June 4, 2016

Potty Politics
May 24, 2016

Is Being Rich a Sin?
May 14, 2016

Beware the Mt. Peculiar Jabberwalker
May 6, 2016

False Economies
April 29, 2016

Vermont’s EB-5 Tragedy
April 18, 2016

Childcare…a distraction?
April 9, 2016

Deckchairs…
March 25, 2016

We Can’t Afford Our Future
March 14, 2016

Knee-jerk Legislation Makes Bad Law
February 22, 2016

Pornography or Eroticism?
February 13, 2016

Job Creators or Deregulation & Tax-cut Proponents?
January 27, 2016

Open Letter to Vermont Legislators
January 14, 2016

Pay Attention
January 5, 2016

No Main Is an Island – John Donne, 1624
December 23, 2015

Comments to Chamber Meeting of Business, Non-profit and Legislative Leaders 12/16/15
December 17, 2015

The Drug Scourge: A More Effective Strategy
December 8, 2015

Middle East Inferno: Fight or Flight?
November 18, 2015

We Can Do Better Helping Vermonters In Need (It’s Not About Money)
November 14, 2015

Vermont’s Next Governor – Why It Matters
November 5, 2015

An Equitable Flow of Profits
October 18, 2015

The Thin White Line
October 7, 2015

Comments to Business & Non-profit Leaders at Lake Champlain Chamber
September 30, 2015

Comments to VT Comm. Loan Fund Annual Board Retreat 9/23/2015
September 23, 2015

Human Rights and the Human Migration
September 20, 2015

Mental Health is Not a Black Hole
September 9, 2015

Obesity
August 28, 2015

Castleton University?
August 12, 2015

A Tolerant Future?
July 22, 2015

De facto Monopolies and Customers
July 8, 2015

Phinxter
June 21, 2015

Economic Development?
June 15, 2015

Banking with Felons?
June 4, 2015

An Ethical Epiphany in the Legislature ?
May 13, 2015

VT Design Technology Educators Assoc. comments 5/8/15 VT Tech
May 9, 2015

Can We Legislate Morality?
May 5, 2015

A Goal to End Mission?
April 11, 2015

Our 4-Speed Legislature
March 28, 2015

Political Leadership: Service or Career?
March 3, 2015

Tax Breaks: Why and for Whom?
February 19, 2015

Comments to VT Assoc. of School Boards and VT Superintendents – Montpelier 2/5/2015
February 4, 2015

Common Sense: Criminal Background Checks
February 1, 2015

A Child’s Christmas in Wales and America
December 16, 2014

Thanks and Giving
November 29, 2014

Comments to VT Community Foundation 11/19/2014
November 20, 2014

A New Public School Model
October 22, 2014

Will Free-market Capitalism Survive our Abuse of It?
October 9, 2014

Lawnmowing
September 12, 2014

School & Municipal Leadership Conference Aug., 14, 2014
August 14, 2014

The Social Safety Net We Can Never Afford
July 30, 2014

It’s Time to Update Vermont School Governance
July 15, 2014

Talk with Affordable Housing Convention – July 14, 2014
July 14, 2014

Trigger Warnings
June 24, 2014

The Future of Vermont Public Television
June 4, 2014

Jail or College?
May 8, 2014

Men and their Sacred Writs
May 4, 2014

A Peaceful Revolution ?
April 22, 2014

Weather or Old Age?
April 8, 2014

Rough Beasts
March 11, 2014

Institutionalized Sexual Abuse and Slavery
February 12, 2014

Ethics & Governance
February 2, 2014

Talk or Action?
January 23, 2014

The Spirit of Toys
December 23, 2013

VT Agency of Human Services – we can do better.
November 26, 2013

Just Let the Non-profits Take Care of It.
November 21, 2013

East CharlotteTractor Parade
November 10, 2013

At Home with Corruption
October 16, 2013

Curling Parents and Middle Aged Children
September 17, 2013

The Future of Vermont Health Care
August 27, 2013

A Plague of Images
August 14, 2013

America in Decline
July 29, 2013

Heroin in Vermont
July 17, 2013

Chittenden County Police, Fire, and Rescue: Time to Consolidate?
June 29, 2013

I Once was lost and now am found….
June 21, 2013

Sphincter and the Rabies Shot

The Future of Higher Education
June 12, 2013

Wealth Mythology
June 2, 2013

Jobs in Our Town
May 14, 2013

UVM’s Challenge & Opportunity
May 1, 2013

You Can’t Have It Both Ways
April 29, 2013

The New Narcissism
April 9, 2013

Deport the Poor and Sell Green Cards to the Rich?
March 28, 2013

Arrogant Species?
March 15, 2013

The Scourge of Orthodoxy
March 12, 2013

Should Non-profits Compete or Collaborate?
February 22, 2013

Freedom of Information, Criminal Records, & Accountability
February 8, 2013

The New Civil War
January 23, 2013

Addictive Behavior
January 17, 2013

Work or exercise?
November 20, 2012

Higher Ed.: Excellence or Marketing
November 10, 2012

The Rationale for Smart Regulation
October 11, 2012

Empathy
September 28, 2012

Vermont Needs Better Government Transparency
September 6, 2012

Keynote Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership
August 8, 2012

Bullying and the NRA

Contraindications
July 17, 2012

COMMENTS DELIVERED BY FORMER CHAIR, BILL SCHUBART
July 9, 2012

The Edifice Complex
June 27, 2012

Air Travel, Isn’t It Just fun?
June 17, 2012

Mt Abraham Academic Excellence Night Comments
May 22, 2012

When Words Collide
May 20, 2012

Slip Slidin’ Away
April 11, 2012

The Attraction & Failure of Absolutism
March 27, 2012

No Easy Answers
March 16, 2012

The Land of the Free … in Jail
March 4, 2012

Religious Wars
February 3, 2012

“Job Creators?”
January 14, 2012

Vermont’s Working Landscape: A Worthy Investment
December 20, 2011

American Autumn, Arab Spring?
December 8, 2011

Jolly Olde England
November 18, 2011

The Power of Making
November 5, 2011

R.F.D. R. I. P.
September 29, 2011

New Grandfather….
September 15, 2011

9/11 Redux
September 11, 2011

Love’s Labor Lost?
September 6, 2011

Flirting
August 22, 2011

Political Pledges and Hucksters
July 22, 2011

Vermonters Overcompensated? Not!
July 10, 2011

We Dug a Pond
June 23, 2011

Arts and Media
June 6, 2011

Imagine Vermont as a Destination for the Best Education in the World

VT Bus. for Social Responsibility Comments 5/12/2011
May 13, 2011

The Free Market: An Enduring Myth
May 12, 2011

The Battle of Mastodons
April 27, 2011

The Sadness of Earbuds
April 6, 2011

Why Taxpayers Should Support a National Broadcast System
March 22, 2011

UVM Quarterly Essay: Apppreciation of Exeter Professor George Bennett
March 8, 2011

Government Cuts
March 3, 2011

How Government, Business, & the Non-profit Sector Could Work Together
February 16, 2011

Chronicles of Alternative Energy: Heating Your House with Chickens
February 11, 2011

The Tyranny of the NRA
February 2, 2011

Balancing Self-interest and Community Interest
January 29, 2011

Democracy, Money and Community
January 13, 2011

Principles Underlying a Redesign of Vermont’s Tax Code
January 7, 2011

A Winter Elegy
December 29, 2010

The Price of Shaving Gear: I give up.
December 9, 2010

Aunt Rose & Mr. Farr’s Jerseys
November 26, 2010

Dear Governor-elect Shumlin,
November 11, 2010

Election Day 2010: Now it’s our turn
November 1, 2010

Myths of Economic Development & Taxation in Vermont
October 27, 2010

Citizens United: Mammon or Democracy?
October 21, 2010

Change is Not Progress
October 1, 2010

Did He Pass or Did He Die?
August 16, 2010

Vermont’s Two Electoral Systems
August 3, 2010

The Blame Game
July 6, 2010

Stasis or Change?
June 23, 2010

Talk to me…..
June 1, 2010

Ah, Mother
May 10, 2010

Our Schools, Ourselves
April 23, 2010

The Courage of the Nuns
April 8, 2010

A New Town Center for Vermont’s Small Towns
April 7, 2010

Another Chance to Lead: Humane Slaughter
March 17, 2010

The Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape is Up to Us
February 15, 2010

“The Centre cannot hold…” Yeats
January 28, 2010

Government Accountability, Been There, Done That
January 11, 2010

UVM, Food Systems and Vermont Farms
January 5, 2010

Homeless Republicans
December 7, 2009

When Elephants Grazed in Wolcott
November 27, 2009

Vermont’s Sacred Cows
November 20, 2009

Dike Blair and his Vermont Book Shop
November 3, 2009

Economic Development Speech Green Mtn. Business Expo

Progress and Change
September 10, 2009

Media Narcosis
September 2, 2009

To talk or to listen, that is the question.
August 28, 2009

Governor Douglas Attacks Non-profit Salaries?
August 13, 2009

The Price of Milk
August 10, 2009

Our National Weight
July 27, 2009

Our Communities and Ourselves
July 7, 2009

The Budget Overide
June 23, 2009

Chick Day
June 4, 2009

Tardiness?
May 20, 2009

Vermont in 2019, A Look Back at Today
May 7, 2009

Why Do We Do This, Again?
April 17, 2009

Vermont Shade-grown Milk
March 31, 2009

The New Economy of Local News
March 9, 2009

A Strategic Overhaul of Government Agencies and the Tax code
March 5, 2009

Open Letter to the Board of the Vermont Arts Council
February 21, 2009

Laying Off Human Beings
February 13, 2009

We Have Opportunities
January 21, 2009

Chaos and Gratitude
December 30, 2008

Get Out of the Kitchen
December 11, 2008

The Vermont Bond?
December 3, 2008

Managing the Past?
November 24, 2008

Use It or Lose It
November 2, 2008

Controlling Health Care Costs in Vermont
October 9, 2008

Vermont in America
October 3, 2008

Freedom and Unity
September 11, 2008

Politics of Fear
August 12, 2008

Lazy Politics
July 27, 2008

The Right to Dry
July 10, 2008

Greenup Day: There ought’a be a law…
May 15, 2008

*A Strategy for Managing Content amidst Myriad Emerging Network and Consumer Technology Options for Distribution
May 13, 2008

*Challenges within the Vermont Non-profit Sector

*Champlain College Graduation Speech ’08
May 4, 2008

Talking about Government
May 1, 2008

Where’s the Plan?
April 22, 2008

“Something There is that doesn’t love a wall.”
March 12, 2008

Vermont: State of Freedom

Personal Responsibility
February 18, 2008

Common Sense: Corrections and Farming
February 1, 2008

Death Penalty
January 12, 2008

Vermont is Not What You Think
January 5, 2008

Toys
December 21, 2007

Health Care
December 13, 2007

Candidate Debates
November 24, 2007

Health Care

*Key Note: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
November 13, 2007

Lunch in Williston and Pienza
October 31, 2007

Mud Season Slalom
October 6, 2007

Vermont Business Future

Belle Galloway, Bovine Activist

Schadenfreude
September 15, 2007

Loyalty or Competence?
August 30, 2007

Taxation
August 22, 2007

Death and Taxes

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Dialer
August 15, 2007

Vermont’s 2500 Non-profits

The Consuming Society

Who Should Lead?

Homage aux soeurs

An Insular Nation

What’s Wrong with Our Schools?

Minding Our Own Business

Educational Culture

Posted Land

A Man of Girth

Leadership

Schadenfreude
August 2, 2007

*Vermont and The Creative Economy
July 25, 2007

*New York Menu to a Vermonter
July 15, 2007

Vermont Business Environment
June 1, 2007

Winter Travel
January 7, 2007

*Peter Freyne Parody
December 10, 2006

Meat and Fire
October 13, 2006