Policy & Politics
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
Humor & Satire
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
Vermont
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
Policy & Politics
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
Policy & Politics
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
Vermont
Vermont's Future... We're able. Are we ready and willing?
We face a difficult choice in Vermont. Do we struggle to recapture the past and preserve the self-interests designed into it or do we exercise the courage and leadership to… Read More
Media & Press
The 2020 Vermont Media Landscape
In the Morrisville of the 1950s where I grew up, we had limited but vibrant media access. Clyde Limoge’s News and Citizen came into our home weekly, purveying all the… Read More
Health Care
Healthcare and the Role of Vermont Hospitals
As a grateful user of Vermont’s healthcare system (UVM hip replacement last year), an observer of its growth (the house I grew up in in Morrisville was next to a… Read More
Social Culture
Vermont's Mixed History on Race
  Like many Vermonters, I’ve been watching with pain and empathy the protests unfolding in countless cities and towns across the country. Watching the murder of George Floyd has called… Read More
Vermont
Whither Vermont? What Have We Learned?
The pandemic has merely accelerated certain underlying entropic elements in Vermont’s socio-economic infrastructure and culture. Now, a consensus of Vermonters must choose between trying to restore our past with its… Read More
Vermont
Out of the Pandemic: a Secure Regional Food Supply System
Opportunities lurk in every downturn. To recover and move forward, we must do more than scramble back to the past, we must ferret out and explore better and more secure… Read More
Policy & Politics
Key Vermont Leadership Questions
I. As a leader, how do you plan to inspire, earn, and maintain trust? II. Are the innate characteristics of leadership power, authority, self- assurance, and clarity or humility, curiosity,… Read More