Elegies
After the inaugural run of the new Burlington - New York Amtrak service on July 29th, 2022, an elegy… 1953 - A Vermont Train Journey
4-8-2 600 Montreal–New York Ambassador at White River Jct., Vt., Aug. 27, 1951. Photo by Jim Shaughnessy Traces of opalescent light emblazon the western horizon as we drive south along… Read More
Criminal Justice
Crime and Punishment
  The many challenges Vermont currently faces demand courage, bold thinking, and leadership if they’re to be solved. In the past, we’ve occasionally had a leader emerge with the courage… Read More
Health Care
Vermont Healthcare: A Ship at Sea
I was asked recently if there was a simple way to keep track of how our healthcare system measures up? My “simple” answer was, “Yes, count the number of people… Read More
Policy & Politics
Temptation in the Supreme Court
I have a love-hate relationship with religion. Born of a German-Jewish father and a mother of Dutch background and atheist tradition who married a Morrisville, Vermont Catholic after being widowed… Read More
Social Culture
Will Artificial Intelligence make human life better or business more profitable?
I struggle with the concept of artificial intelligence(AI). Perhaps because in my 77 years I’ve had to cope with what intelligence I can perceive and distill from teachers, friends, art,… Read More
Humor & Satire
News flash: MAGA Republicans take on new patriotic challenges in support of democracy
Louisiana just joined 17 other states in banning transgender women and girls from competing on female sports teams. The Louisiana ban includes all public, private elementary and secondary schools and… Read More
Policy & Politics
Complex Systems(II), Simple Solutions
Elmore Community School In an earlier column, I looked at the difficulty of addressing Vermont’s complex systems with our limited leadership and dated governance tools. As technology and information systems further complicate our… Read More
Uncategorized
Road Safety for Fauna: A Primer
Gray squirrels: Be decisive don’t zig-zag down the road directly in front of your automotive pursuer. Make up your mind and run to one side or the other. Red Squirrels… Read More
Policy & Politics
Complex Systems: a process for change
In the ‘60s, I began to understand that politics was something that could affect my life as I grew up. I watched Walter Cronkite report nightly on domestic and international… Read More
Health Care
A Tsunami of Unwanted Children?
So much has been and is being written about reproductive choice that one is hard-pressed to say more. From the fact that three Trump-backed jurists hand-picked by the conservative Federalist… Read More
Health Care
Healthcare: a self-driving truck with no GPS
“After major budget shortfall projection, UVM Health Network suspends adolescent mental health unit project” “The ball’s in your court,” Brumsted told regulators on Wednesday. “That (money) either sits there and… Read More
Religion & Spirit
Homage aux Soeurs
    Sister Elizabeth Candon            Sister Irene Duchesneau            Sister Janice Ryan Photo: Times Argus             … Read More