The Ghost Quartet: Part II

Shutterstock A Lucrative model: Make them sick, then charge them to get well. In Part I of the Ghost Quartet, we explored the lucrative model of using the chemical/agricultural complex… Read More

The Ghost Quartet: Part I

                         If we zoom out and look with cynicism at the health care crisis in America, we see a… Read More

Future of Vermont Healthcare: Goal and Vision

  Shutterstock Future of Vermont Healthcare Council Goal: For Vermonters to find consensus on and advocate for a healthcare system that delivers quality, equity, access, and affordability for all Vermonters.… Read More

The Time is Now for Mental Health First Aid

Shutterstock May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in our world today there’s plenty of  reason to want to be aware. Vermont has established as a policy if not in… Read More

Future of Vermont Healthcare Council

Future of Vermont Healthcare Council Mission: To refine, design, and advocate for a healthcare system that delivers quality, equity, access, and affordability for Vermonters. Academic alignment and fiscal agent (501©3):… Read More

Can We Get our Legislative Act Together?

Public domain image   I don’t know whether it’s the natural wariness of Vermont’s early immigrants who succeeded the native peoples who had foraged and hunted here for millennia but… Read More

Save the Children: Eliminate Cellphones in Our Schools

Public Domain image Vermont Senate Bill 284, “Phone-free School Legislation,” now sitting in the House Education Committee is winding its way through the legislature and should garner the attention of… Read More

French Farm Elegy

    We’ve lived some 30 years in our house off Drinkwater Rd in Hinesburg. The land had been part of Howard and Inez French’s farm just down the road.… Read More

What are the dumbest things we do or don’t do in Vermont?

We like to think of ourselves as progressive, pioneering and aware of our neighbors’ needs. Why then do we have some of the worst socioeconomic benchmarks in America? Unsheltered: As… Read More

Learning Inside

In my last VTDigger column, I wrote about the visionary work the Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) is doing to decarcerate people in prison who no longer need be there,… Read More

Let’s Stay Out of Prison

I think a lot about the criminal justice system. At 79, I’ve mostly evaded its embrace except for a few driving offenses, a surprise visit from the FBI and a… Read More

Up the Down Staircase

By 2030, Vermont’s ability to govern had descended into entropy. After decades studying, tinkering with, and deferring action on Vermont’s increasingly complex challenges, we came to understand we needed to… Read More