Policy & Politics
The Arc of Aging and Leadership
  Shutterstock image Like a good novel, our lives have a narrative arc, during which we are actively participating in and relevant to our world. We are born, rise slowly… Read More
Policy & Politics
School Budgets and Property Taxes
Champlain Valley Union High School Do we honestly believe we overpay our children’s teachers? There is a logical disconnect in our discussions about local school budgets driving property tax increases.… Read More
Journalism
The 14th Vermont Journalism Conference at UVM: Good News
Center for Community News In this time of contrapuntal highs and lows, I find a need to look for and celebrate the occasional highs. I woke up the morning after… Read More
Health Care
The Ghost Quartet: Part II
Shutterstock A Lucrative model: Make them sick, then charge them to get well. In Part I of the Ghost Quartet, we explored the lucrative model of using the chemical/agricultural complex… Read More
Policy & Politics
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
Health Care
Future of Vermont Healthcare: Goal and Vision
  Shutterstock Future of Vermont Healthcare Council Goal: For Vermonters to find consensus on and advocate for a healthcare system that delivers quality, equity, access, and affordability for all Vermonters.… Read More
Health Care
The Time is Now for Mental Health First Aid
Shutterstock May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in our world today there’s plenty of  reason to want to be aware. Vermont has established as a policy if not in… Read More
Health Care
Future of Vermont Healthcare Council
Future of Vermont Healthcare Council Mission: To refine, design, and advocate for a healthcare system that delivers quality, equity, access, and affordability for Vermonters. Academic alignment and fiscal agent (501©3):… Read More
Policy & Politics
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
Education
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
Elegies
French Farm Elegy
    We’ve lived some 30 years in our house off Drinkwater Rd in Hinesburg. The land had been part of Howard and Inez French’s farm just down the road.… Read More
Policy & Politics
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