Vermont
Vermont's Forgotten History of Racial Bigotry
It’s hard for a veteran opinion writer to admit confusion. But the recent chaos in Virginia has humbled this writer and it has nothing to do with politics. Growing up […]
Vermont
Vermont: The Forest for the Trees
As one who’s never served in political office, I often remind myself how easy it is to opine with impunity about what’s right and wrong with our state and national […]
Vermont
Economic Development: We can do better.
In a recent VTDigger piece, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development, Mike Schirling, highlighted actions his agency has taken to make a positive impact on Vermont’s previously lackluster economic development […]
Vermont
An Open Letter to the Vermont Legislature
Dear Legislators, First, thank you all for your willingness to serve your constituents and all Vermonters. You are appreciated by most of us. But please remember, you serve both the […]
Vermont
A Heedless Death
I grew up reading Vermont Life in the fifties and continued reading it until shortly after the turn of the century. It always had a prominent place in our home, […]
Policy & Politics
Business-as-usual or...?
“Build it and they will come” is the oft-misquoted meme from the classic movie Field of Dreams. And in the case of the proposal by CoreCivic, a private prison firm, […]
Humor & Satire
Town Meeting Day is Upon Us
Soon, it’ll be March and Town Meeting will again be upon us. Our venerable system of local government – where it’s still practiced – calls townsfolk together to debate and […]
Vermont
Sustaining Our Communities
In physics, centripetal forces propel objects toward the center and centrifugal forces drive them away. And today, our societies and communities are engaged in an epic battle between these two […]
Vermont
Getting Closer in Vermont...Affordable Health Care for All.
When I was young, Morrisville had three doctors, two dentists and the wood-framed, four-story, Copley Hospital, which had the town’s first elevator. Theoretically, there was competition, but price wasn’t the […]
Education
Burlington College: Politics or Governance?
I’ve been watching the national effort to politicize Burlington College’s demise and am saddened by the venality of our politics and our dangerous ignorance of non-profit governance. It’s endemic in […]
Vermont
Stay the Course in Vermont Healthcare
How quickly we forget. Just short of four decades ago, Vermont policymakers decided that a competitive healthcare system had not lowered healthcare costs, but was, in fact, driving costs up, […]
Arts and Humanities
Puccini in Middlebury
From as early as I can remember, I’ve been an opera buff. I remember sitting in the orchestra section at the Old Metropolitan Opera House on 39th and Broadway and […]