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Although I've never read a scientific paper on the value of hedges for garden plants, my personal theory is that they are beneficial, particularly in winter. They break the cold winter winds that damage flower buds on trees and shrubs in cold times … more
There were many shocking moments in the 45th president's undisciplined 77-minute press pummeling the other day.To call it a "conference" would be to erroneously imply a dialogue or discussion. Instead, Trump continued his dark, authoritarian attack … more
We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It's a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill … more
It just might be possible that Americans have become the object of the most unique case of domestic abuse ever experienced. When we think of domestic abuse we usually have an image of one person reigning terror on one or only a few people. But in … more
I have a bit of a confession to make to all of you who follow me in my role as a school board chair: I really don't like the whole budgeting process. I said yes to being on the school board, because I cared about what our kids were being taught, and … more
Just over 50 years ago, in response to a national poverty rate of almost 20 percent, President Johnson introduced legislation known as the "War on Poverty." His goal was "not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to … more
I was truly hoping to get away from it this week. I honestly didn't want to write about more hot button issues and the frailty of the nation this week. I wanted to find something positive and uplifting and spill 700 words into this column that would … more
Recent news of the closure of Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill took many of us in the field of mental health and addiction by surprise. Too many Vermonters in need of addiction treatment are already underserved. And the sudden loss of Maple … more
Once again the legislature appears poised to miss another opportunity to address the real reason behind rising education costs.The real problem with Act 60 is that it gives economic incentives for large schools to spend more money. This has been the … more
One of our inspiring visitors this past week was Dr. Heather Darby from UVM Extension. Heather, a soil agronomist, has been visiting our committee for several years and always brings interesting and exciting agricultural news. Roger Rainville, of … more
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