Leaders or Politicians?

“Veteran Republican operative Mike Smith named new AHS Secretary” This recent headline in VTDigger implies that the new leader of Vermont’s largest agency ($2.5B), the Agency of Human Services was… Read More

Can Vermont Lose Weight?

As someone who’s weighed just shy of 500 pounds and now weighs 200 pounds less, I’m comfortable talking about weight loss. It’s often said that Vermont has an “affordability problem,”… Read More

August Newsletter

Stories and News From Magic Hill August 2019   Gassing Up When my farmer-son saw me filling my 45-year-old tractor with diesel fuel this way, he could hardly control his laughter.… Read More

Vermont’s Comfort Commission

In a time of widespread citizen mistrust of their government institutions, what could be more important than re-building that trust? The recent reversal from VT’s largely symbolic Ethics Commission (VEC)… Read More

Comments to Vt State College System Board 082219

Comments to Vt State College System Board 082219 The White Paper (Paper) does a credible job assessing the current challenges faced by VSCS (the System). It’s light, however, on offering… Read More

Imagine if Vermont Got Immigration Right.

In a recent conversation with Governor Scott, one of his principle economic concerns was the gap between job openings and applicants. With Vermont’s population either slightly shrinking or growing, depending… Read More

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