Policy & Politics
Vermont: Reactive or Reactionary?
To our detriment, we’re largely a reactive state. Our ship of state is captained from the stern. We scan our wake for bad signs. A corpse floats by… we need… Read More
Education
Vermont State College System and the Headwinds of Privilege
Change is relentless. Humanity’s efforts to understand, accommodate, and survive it are invariably buffeted by the headwinds stirred up by those whose privilege may be curtailed by that change. Reversing… Read More
Education
Draft Vision for a Unified VT State College System 102220
Problem Statement: As is, the current constellation of Vermont’s four State Colleges(VSC) is financially, pedagogically, and demographically unsustainable. What has changed? The sheer financial burden of tenured and administrative personnel… Read More
Policy & Politics
Christmas Wish List or New Year's Resolutions?
It’s the end of what has been for many a devastating year. 2020 has magnified and amplified the damaging toll that our persistent socio-economic and environmental inequities have exacted on… Read More
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