Vermont Can Make a Difference on Mass Shootings

Since the national opinion writers have thoroughly covered the President’s role in stoking the violence we experienced this weekend we can agree that the next election offers us all the… Read More

Role of the Arts & Humanities in Addressing Society’s Problems

I recently attended a quiet conference that brought together leaders and innovators in the arts, humanities, and public broadcast. We met for two days to explore how the arts and… Read More

Our Natural Capital

The Stick is Failing Us, Let’s Try the Carrot. Under the current administration we’re regressing into old but persistent racial and xenophobic resentments that, under great and unifying leaders, lie… Read More

Vermont’s Motto: Freedom and Unity

“Freedom and Unity” is Vermont’s motto and has been since 1788. It expresses the unattainable equipoise between freedom of the individual and the shared well-being of the community in which… Read More

Our Recorded History: Intellectual Property or Cultural Heritage?

As the magnitude of loss becomes more public and musicians express more anguish about the loss of some half a million music masters in the 2008 archive fire at Universal… Read More

Public Education and Privilege

Public Education and Privilege I’ve been trying to follow the debates on all sides of Act 46 and school consolidation and am struck by how complicated the route we’ve chosen… Read More

Vermont: Economic Development

VTDigger: Schubart column  Vermont has no long-term, well-articulated economic development strategy nor the funding capacity to execute one. It’s not that we don’t spend money on economic development. There are… Read More

News from Magic Hill – June

Stories and News From Magic Hill June 2019   Summer…not. Unlike the busy wild animals we share our few acres with, I’m not adjusting well to the persistence of winter: June… Read More

Guns and Suicide

VTDigger column May 29,2019 S.169, mandates a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of a handgun in Vermont It’s sitting on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature… or not. The… Read More

Before We Build New Prisons, Let’s Fix the System that Fills Them

VT Digger column – Schubart H. 543, a funding bill to study options for building new prisons has both drawn ire and nonsense from those supposed to act on it,… Read More