Arts and Humanities
Back to Boheme?
In 1972, when I first chaired the Vermont Arts Council, an exec from the National Endowment for the Arts told me that Vermont had the highest per capita concentration of… Read More
Comments at Jim Morse's Celebration of Life
We’re grateful to be here today to honor the memory of a dear friend and an extraordinary human being. I won’t replay for you Jim’s pioneering resume in Vermont and… 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
Vermont Needs a Human Library
Image Couresty of the Human Library.org The Human Library movement has been with us since 2000. Human libraries have opened on six continents, with libraries in Louisiana and Indiana… Read More
Education or Childcare?
In the final moments of this legislative session, the legislature passed H.217, in which a combination of revenue resources will inject $130M a year into Vermont’s struggling childcare… Read More
We are letting our children down.
Photo courtesy Adam Swancor We are letting our children down. They’re our future and they may be the parents of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, if we’re lucky. Signs of… Read More
Humor & Satire
1999 Ed Koren Cartoon
Less Government, More Government, or More Effective Government?
Photo courtesy State of Vermont I regularly read True North Reports (TNR), billed as “the other side of Vermont news.” I’m troubled by TNR’s cutline as it refers to… Read More
Policy & Politics
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
Vermont State University… a way forward
Photo courtesy of Northern Vermont University I’m hearing from friends around the country about the soon-to-be Vermont State University’s (VSU) recent decision and subsequent back-pedaling about removing physical books… Read More
A New Vermont Prison: Build it and they will come?
Photo courtesy VT Digger As a community, we need to make cost-efficient, long-term, and morally responsible decisions. Are we a punitive state or a supportive community that enables healing… Read More