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The legislative pages brought messages to me from the Sergeant-at-Arms office in the Statehouse; all calls from constituents are funneled through that office and are disseminated from there. These … more
Three major U.S. business leaders are proposing to develop a new system for providing health care to nearly a million of their employees. It is an unexpected turn of events that could prove to lead … more
Child care offers a two-generational strategy for economic development by making it possible in the short term for people with young children to enter the workforce and by building our future … more
A few weeks ago, the carnival barker that somehow ended up in the top slot called himself a "very stable genius," which is most likely the very thing you call yourself when you're as stable as a … more
"Why do you always force me to do things I don't want to do?" my seventh-grader complains when I tell her she will be doing basketball this fall. "Why can't you listen to me?"I decide not to answer … more
This legislative session I'm serving as a Statehouse Policy Liaison for the Vermont Democratic Party, spending one day a week in Montpelier tracking the issues. It's fascinating, and I'm learning so … more
The House Agriculture and Forestry Committee made its annual pilgrimage to the Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Expo Center. The Farm Show is basically a trade show for agriculture. This is … more
For the past five years it has been my good fortune to spend time with porcupines. In the winter I can almost always find them, either in their dens, or by following their paths to the trees where … more
If you string enough rough, cold winter days together it's easy to think that the world is going down the tubes and that the majority of people are doing whatever they can to hasten the process. One … more
Imagine a Vermont where all of our friends, neighbors and family members have what they need. Imagine a Vermont where our businesses are patronized and our economy thrives. This Vermont can only … more
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