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I take my role in state government seriously. I am honored to have been elected by Vermonters to serve as Secretary of State. Since taking office in 2011, I have worked hard to improve how our government serves the public by increasing transparency, … more
While it is traditional to make resolutions at the turn of the New Year, our Connecticut River Watershed could use a few well-meaning pledges and it could use them now during the field, construction, fishing, river recreation and farming season. In … more
Sitting on the floor in a third-story brownstone apartment on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, my friend Andy is sharing his local newspaper. It was something like the East Bay Herald, published since 1826 in some obscure coastal town in Downeast … more
Okay, nobody likes to be told what they have to do. Or when they have to do it, so I apologize for telling you what to do. And you don't really have to do these things immediately, but doing them soon will help you later on.It's time to thin root … more
Last weekend I attended a remarkable gathering. A friend of ours faces a painful and highly emotional surgery this week: a double mastectomy. To prepare herself for the surgery itself, the arduous recovery, and life without her breasts, she invited … more
When Republicans criticize other Republicans it is a signal that something very bad is happening. The U.S. Senate is now working to craft a piece of legislation to replace Obamacare after receiving the version passed by the House. The House bill, as … more
I'm switching gears this week, literally and figuratively. I'm gonna stay away from President Sir Tweets-a-Lot and focus on some of the things that I can control. First and foremost, myself. On Aug. 20 of this year, myself and my main Mud Duck … more
As the Republican Congress struggles to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, the political landscape is steadily shifting.Since the Democratic Congress enacted Obamacare in 2010 (without a single Republican vote), Democrats have increasingly been on the … more
Time for the old "Aunt Pearl" story. My Aunt Pearl was a meat cutter at the Springfield First National Supermarket. She had five children, all but two are now deceased. Pearl was one hell of a determined lady, and along with her husband, Rene, they … more
I am the parent of five millennials. Three I fathered, and two I got in a brilliant merger when I married their mother in 1997.It takes nothing less than a miracle to be the father of five young adults: Namely, they all have to make it through … more
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