*Challenges within the Vermont Non-profit Sector

To varying degrees, the needs of a society are met by three de facto socio-economic resources: private sector goods and services, government services and not-for-profit organizations.  I say “organized” only… Read More

Talking about Government

A central, if unspoken, ideological argument today is about government, whether it is good or bad? Government of course is neither. It is simply an organizing principle around which societies… Read More

Where’s the Plan?

There is a “term of art” called the economic development toolbox.” In a “tad da” designed to delight Vermonters weary of plentiful $9.00 per hour jobs, rising fuel and health… Read More

“Something There is that doesn’t love a wall.”

42,000 Vermont tax dollars per year are spent to keep one offender behind a wall. This is four times what the most expensive public school systems spend annually to educate… Read More

Death Penalty

I have been listening to the Supreme Court’s torturous deliberations regarding the concoction of toxic pharmaceuticals our society uses to kill criminals in the states that still believe the death… Read More

Health Care

Sometime in the next decade the US will follow the rest of the civilized world and have some form of national health care system. The lead up however, will be… Read More

Health Care

Sometime in the next decade the US will follow the rest of the civilized world and have some form of national health care system. The lead up however, will be… Read More

Loyalty or Competence?

First it was Rumsfeld, then Bolton, then Wolfowitz, Karl Rove and now Gonzalez. If there’s a constructive lesson to be found in all of this, I think it has to… Read More

Taxation

I am going to talk about everyone’s least favorite subject, not death, the other one. At its best, taxation is how a citizenry funds the services it feels are be… Read More

Vermont’s 2500 Non-profits

Vermont has over 2500 non-profit organizations. They are either mission-driven or overhead-driven. They are focused either on achieving their stated mission or on their survival. There is a great deal… Read More

Who Should Lead?

What should we look for when we choose a leader? The very person in your small town who really wants to be the cop is probably the one individual you… Read More

An Insular Nation

We are outside security. Through thick glass, we watch our son hoist his backpack onto the x-ray machine and wait to be summoned by a uniformed TSA agent through the… Read More