The Ghost Quartet: Part I

                         If we zoom out and look with cynicism at the health care crisis in America, we see a… Read More

Can We Get our Legislative Act Together?

Public domain image   I don’t know whether it’s the natural wariness of Vermont’s early immigrants who succeeded the native peoples who had foraged and hunted here for millennia but… Read More

Save the Children: Eliminate Cellphones in Our Schools

Public Domain image Vermont Senate Bill 284, “Phone-free School Legislation,” now sitting in the House Education Committee is winding its way through the legislature and should garner the attention of… Read More

What are the dumbest things we do or don’t do in Vermont?

We like to think of ourselves as progressive, pioneering and aware of our neighbors’ needs. Why then do we have some of the worst socioeconomic benchmarks in America? Unsheltered: As… Read More

Up the Down Staircase

By 2030, Vermont’s ability to govern had descended into entropy. After decades studying, tinkering with, and deferring action on Vermont’s increasingly complex challenges, we came to understand we needed to… Read More

Leveraging Government’s Role by Funding Designated Agencies and Specialized Service Agencies in the Nonprofit Sector

The socio-economic governance spectrum divides itself into the for-profit business sector, the nonprofit mission-driven sector, and the government sector. There are statutory regulations that, often rather loosely, regulate the governance… Read More

Oppose Senate bill S.211….written by Vermonters for Vermonters?

Senate bill S.211 is an attempt by the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) to gain more power. Their dominant member is the UVM Health Network (UVMHN). Over… Read More

Leadership and the Governor’s “Affordability Crisis”

For over 70 years, I’ve confronted each New Year reviewing what got better, what got worse, and what I hope for in the ensuing year. At 78, I’m grateful that… Read More

Beauty, Eroticism, Sexuality, and Pornography

Michelangelo’s David courtesy of BBC Media When I was young and in search of the facts of life, there was no discernible pornography. The closest we ever got was a book we… Read More

Camping, Daycare, Early Education?

  Image Courtesy of Oregon Public Broadcasting With the second highest per capita homeless rate in the nation, the legislature ended, as of July, current state funding for providing hotel/motel… Read More

An Ethical Vermont Addiction Policy

Photo by Nancy Stevens A measure of the Vermont legislature’s commitment to Vermonters’ well-being is the extent to which it commits the money earned from licensing and taxing addictive substances… Read More

The Inversion: Make Primary Care Primary and Hospitals Secondary

Photo supplied by UVM Medical Center We’re at an inflection point in healthcare reform in Vermont. The number of Vermonters who can’t access or afford healthcare is a rising tide… Read More