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Lawmakers and the media have devoted much of their attention recently to deaths from opioid overdoses, as well as to the broader "deaths of despair" that include suicides and deaths from alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis. But despite the intense … more
After two weeks of nonstop coverage of massive hurricanes, the blame game has only begun, beginning with climate change and unregulated growth — for good reason. But the situation would not be nearly so dire without decades of well-intentioned … more
Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution in Washington. He is himself a bona fide liberal, or at least, what passed for a thinking liberal a decade ago. He is a sharp commentator on American politics, and has … more
Labor Day has come and gone. Big yellow buses are slowing traffic twice a day. But it's not time to give up on gardening and move on to watching football and waiting in a Lazy-Boy for the maple leaves to turn red. Your gardens still need you. Let's … more
Becker was the co-founder of the famed band "Steely Dan." I am so fortunate to have seen him perform live with Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen in Hartford, Conn., a number of years ago. The tickets were a gift from my fiancee who accompanied me … more
Gus is now 2,150 days old and it's been at least 365 days since I wrote my last Fatherhood column. As might be expected, so much about him has changed over the past year and now we are looking at even bigger changes, with him starting … more
"SUICIDE." I intentionally write it in capital letters, and place it in quotes, because so many of us find the word extremely difficult to see and to say. And yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified suicide as an epidemic … more
The lazy days of summer are behind us, and it's back-to-school time.After a long summer break, setting our kids up for a successful school day can be quite a production. Just like any production, it is important to set the stage in order to achieve … more
Together, we Americans are at a significant crossroads. Which way we turn determines whether we can be taken at our word.This place is not one crowded with celebrities and opportunities for fame. It is just ordinary Americans, and them, Dreamer … more
Like most of you, we at Vermont Emergency Management have been watching events unfold in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. As we watch, most of us are no doubt reminded of our own historic disaster: Tropical Storm Irene. We've seen many stories from … more
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