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We have an opportunity to save up to $26 million a year — up to $100 million over five years, adjusting for inflation - in our education system, without program cuts or asking teachers to pay more for benefits. But the Legislature must act … more
History books love to distill complex events and social movements down to a few names. George Washington. Frederick Douglass. Susan B. Anthony. Martin Luther King Jr. Those may be the people we're most familiar with, but all it takes is a deeper … more
One of the things I really enjoy is watching my grandchildren develop their unique personalities and interests. Once I am aware of an interest or a personality trait, I feel that my job as a grandparent is to nurture that in any way I can. Some … more
To maintain my energy and focus during the legislative session, I bundle up and head out each morning into Hubbard Park, the lovely woodland behind the statehouse. On a run in the park last week with a small white labradoodle (mine) and a large … more
One of the best tools in health care is also one of the least understood. Advanced directives are documents that describe the kind of care you would like to receive if you are in a situation where the chance of recovery is slim and you cannot speak … more
I always felt as though we were advancing the culture in a direction where everybody would truly be treated as equals. You know? Maybe you've heard it before: One Nation, indivisible, liberty and justice for all. Sound familiar? Have you ever said … more
Not so long ago — 2015 — the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.Their argument was … more
I am a father that goes to the Dedicated Dads group at Early Education Services in Brattleboro, the local Parent Child Center in Windham County.When I first learned about Dedicated Dads, I was homeless and living out of my car. My son lived with his … more
As we move into the last two weeks of the 2017 Legislative Session, the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee (HAFC) is working on, among other things, S.9, an act relating to poultry processing, or what we fondly call the "Chicken Bill," though … more
It has been called the most important European election of the decade.As the first electoral round approaches in France after a breathtaking campaign, the rest of the continent braces itself to see who will be the opponent of far-right leader and … more
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