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New payroll health tax hopes to address cost shift
As someone who for the past 25 years has owned, advised or worked closely with a Vermont business, I know firsthand how confusing our health care system is for employers. But here’s the most confus...
Jan 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Win/win lessons and answers to flooding
There is flooding somewhere in Vermont every year. When the most recent superflood, Tropical Storm Irene, deluged Vermont our infrastructure, roads, culverts, and bridges bore much of the brunt of ...
Jan 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Statehouse newbie gets settled in
In my first report to the district, I’d like to give you a brief overview of the first week of the session and the environment in which I find myself working. The first thing I learned is there are...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crespi puts together a great list of supplies for skiers and riders alike
Didn’t get everything you wanted from Santa? No worries, there are plenty of items out there for skiers and riders to add to their collection. New gear can be enticing, whether it’s new skis, a boa...
Jan 08, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Despite society’s advances, written words ring true
  I was thinking back (as elderly people do, doncha know) about the major changes that have happened since I was a youngster.   The most extraordinary, I think, is travel to outer space.  I remembe...
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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The real cost of technology: the paradox of being connected while still being cut off
While in a restaurant a few weeks ago, I had the surreal experience of noticing a family having dinner sitting nearby consisting of two parents, a teenage boy, and a girl who seemed to be about 8 y...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not the time for publicly-financed health care
by Gov. Peter Shumlin
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
My Turn Earlier this week, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my public life when I announced that I cannot support a move to a publicly-financed health care system in Vermont at this ti...
Schools are doing more, and spending more
by Jack Hoffman
Dec 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Exhibit A among current critics of Vermont’s education funding system is some version of a chart showing annual education expenditures going up over time and school enrollment going down. Why are w...
Sweet smells draw bears to Marlboro campus
by Shannon Haaland
Nov 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
MARLBORO- Attracted by the irresistible lure of compost, black bear sightings – and even confrontations - have become unnervingly common on Marlboro College’s campus. At the end of the summer, Marl...
Legislature will address three big money issues
Nov 26, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
By all accounts, this legislative year it looks like we will be faced with some of the most difficult decisions that we have had to consider, certainly during my time as your representative. Three ...
Giving thanks: The gift that offers a return every day throughout the year
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a story about two hunters from the same village. One decided to keep his bounty for himself, fearing a long severe winter. The other decided to share his with his fellow villagers. Toward ...
Jewish high holy days are a time for introspection
by Faith Schuster
Nov 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 272 272 recommendations | email to a friend
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish high holy days, even though they took place more than a month ago. Last September I wrote a column about Rosh Hashanah...