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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
The Vermont Legislature is now well into the final chapter of a high-stakes saga that began in 2010. At its center is the phosphorus level in Lake Champlain, especially in St. Albans and Missisquoi Bays.As a state document explains, "In excessive … more
The global biosphere — the life-support system for both humans and all other living things — is being ever more seriously abused. The several major renewable natural resources upon which we all depend for our well-being and very survival … more
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