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Our American Arrogance

Recent federal policies are putting our international standing at risk. Traditionally our moral standing as a world power lay in our persistent efforts to exemplify democracy, support international development, welcome strangers, and maintain a lead in technical, scientific, and environmental innovation – all while maintaining our financial and military hegemony in a fragile world. The notion that we know better than our neighbors and have nothing to learn from them is little more than a form of national racism – an arrogance that denies the fundamentals of learning: curiosity, open-mindedness, and collaboration. We are beset by internal problems like the cost, quality, and access to home ownership, health care and nutrition, education and a crumbling transportation infrastructure. We’re burdened by …
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The Drug Scourge: A More Effective Strategy

A substantial amount of money is poised to address the issue of Vermont’s bloom in opiate addiction. And this time, I hope we’ll do something more effective than having agencies and non-profits compete for a share of it. Appreciative Inquiry, Collective Impact, and Results-based Accountability evangelists all share important principles. They know that serious efforts to address problems demand strong leadership, includes all stakeholders, and recognizes no boundaries. The work culture is non-judgmental and collaborative, not narcissistic or competitive. Its work process is transparent and accountable, driven only by measurable and articulated goals, not participant agendas. The politic way of parsing grants across competing organizations, each of which owns bits and pieces of a possible solution, is a massive waste …
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The Thin White Line

In the early-mid-19th century the British East India Trading Company maintained large poppy farms and opium factories in India to supply their growing market in China. When the Chinese defended themselves by seizing and destroying opium cargoes, the British Navy enforced what they called their “right to a free-market” – consigning a third of the Chinese population to addiction. Between the Civil War and into World War I, opiate addiction grew in this country, as doctors liberally prescribed laudanum for various ills and malaises. Laudanum is opium. After her death, I found the “baby book” my mother kept for me, in which was a note from her pediatrician suggesting “two drops of morphia in warm milk should I become fussy …
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