It’s Time to Question Our Public School Curriculum

While a taskforce of educators and consultants works to envisage and create a new and sustainable Vermont State College System this winter, the dialogue about our public grade schools continues… Read More

Vermont Politics

A friend from California recently asked me about two televised electoral charts she’d seen showing Vermont’s electoral voting response. She pointed out that the presidential chart was blue, mottled here… Read More

Vermonters are Stingey with Syllables

While today’s young Vermonters favor the glottal stop: mount- ain, import-ant, apart-ment, hunt-in’ and fish-in’, etc., older Vermonters tend to avoid unnecessary syllables, favoring the terser elision.   Can you match… Read More

Do We Fully Understand and Account for Addiction in Vermont?

Last year, well over 100 Vermonters died of street and pharmaceutical drug overdoses. Like traffic deaths, we keep track and publicize annually our drug deaths both as an indicator of… Read More

A.G. Bill Barr-barism: Will execute the only woman on death row on Dec. 8th

Rarely do I repost another’s blog, but I cannot express my own horror better than that expressed by the Cornell Law School’s Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide. Please read Cornell… Read More

Comments to VT School Boards Association – November 15,2006

Thank you for your kind invitation today. I am not sure that I have any special knowledge to impart beyond what you already know from the hard work you all… Read More

Criminal Justice Reform in Vermont: Real Progress

To build or not to build… (a new state prison) that is the question. Under the leadership of Jim Baker, Interim Commissioner of Corrections (DOC), along with a plurality of… Read More

Hinesburg Ambulance Vote

We respect and are grateful for our Volunteer Fire Dept, although we’d like to see more transparency in their budgets. The ambulance issue is a distinctly separate matter. As someone… Read More

The Broadband Imperative: Where’s the leadership?

A few years back, I remember attending an author event at Bixby Library in Vergennes. It was after hours and the library was closed except to guests. As I entered,… Read More

Vermont’s Nonprofit community: Winds of Change

Pandemics force behavioral change. Foresighted leaders explore and initiate strategic change – or not. While the business and government sectors struggle to understand what changes are needed to secure their… Read More

Comments to Snelling Leadership Students at Graduation 082720

Tenets of Leadership: A Unity of Opposites (applies to all three sectors: gov., bus., & nonprofit) Humility (arrogance is toxic) and Courage Seek and defend truth (no alternative facts, only… Read More

Why is Pharma Obsessed with my Cucumber?

A recent audit report by State Auditor Doug Hoffer lays bare the staggering cost of healthcare to Vermonters – $9,000 per year, almost $2,000 more than the national average. For… Read More