As Vermont celebrates Earth Day, governor calls for boost to clean energy
The millions of Americans who gathered in communities across the nation for the first Earth Day in 1970 succeeded in making progress on the major environmental challenges of that time. That sense o...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Water is basic to human existence
Other than air, nothing is more directly and immediately important to life than water. Water is so basic to our existence that in antiquity the ancients considered water an element along with air, ...
Apr 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vermont’s problem is revenue, not spending
All we’ve heard from Montpelier this year, from the governor to legislative leaders, is that Vermont has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. A new analysis by the Joint Fiscal Office (JFO) s...
Apr 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Administration ready to double down on job creation
Since its inception in 2007, the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program (VEGI) has encouraged companies to relocate to or grow in Vermont, translating into good-paying jobs for Vermonters. In ...
Apr 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Planning ways to help seniors age in place
It appears that in only 15 more years a full quarter of Vermont’s population will be 65 years of age or older. At least this is what the statisticians say will happen. That is a powerful lot of lif...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senior perspective on aging in place
I am old, and getting older (and crabbier) daily. I want to stay in the Deerfield Valley until they cart me out feet first. Good luck with the driveway, boys! I am also a long-range planner and rumi...
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Unmasking the many faces of shame
Apr 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
While reminiscing with a friend recently, she shared with me a story of how when she told her father that she was gay, he responded with, “Please don’t tell your mother because it will be the end o...
An update on the status of education reform and two other bills
Apr 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
 This past week the House approved H.361, this year’s education bill, by a vote of 88-55. This bill seeks to create “Integrated Education Systems.”  This is an important and understandable goal, pa...
Creating legislation is the art of the possible
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
The House Education Committee, on which I now serve, developed the education bill, H.361, which last week passed the full House. I voted in favor of it, and I would like to share my reasons for my ...
Where did it all this water come from?
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Even as we delight in watching water dance across the riffles in a river, we fear floodwaters sweeping all before them.  We treasure a summer afternoon at a lake or seashore, splashing, boating, fi...
Two towns showing how to work together
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Earlier this month, Vermonters gathered at Town Meetings around the state to make decisions large and small about their communities. This year, two towns in particular made one very large decision ...
Firearms bill had three main components
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
This week the Judiciary Committee on which I serve passed out a couple of bills. One was major, had a lot of emotion and controversy and misinformation, took a lot of time, and in the end I believe...