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As we near the celebration of Arbor Day on the first Friday in May, we have been thinking about the many ways our forests are important to the general well-being of the State of Vermont. The facts … more
Way back in the summer of 1973 my father hired my friend Sean and I to paint the exterior of our home in Larchmont, N.Y. During our lunch breaks we were riveted by the Watergate hearings on live TV. … more
As the commissioner of the Department of Labor and the former owner of a small gas station and convenience store, the conversations on minimum wage are something I've followed and evaluated closely … more
Thank you, Brent Regan, for presenting the case for reducing our consumption of animals to help heal our dear planet. Prior to attending a life-changing event in 2016, I was an avid supporter of … more
We probably shouldn't hold our breath but we can hope that we have seen the last of the snow for awhile. We had a lot of weird storms this year that required commitment and patience on the part of … more
This is the time of year when the gardeners among us begin to get itchy and start planting some of the more hardy vegetables such as peas and onions. But the first three weeks of April have been less … more
You pick up the phone and hear: "Congratulations, you are eligible for consolidation of your credit card debt at a fantastic low interest rate." Or "This is the IRS calling to notify you that there … more
I recently read two poignant opinion pieces about Vermont's health care system. In a piece titled "Affordability is health care's challenge," Dr. John Brumsted, CEO of the University of Vermont … more
Here's my theory: We are so distracted by everything that we're hit with that we are incapable of focusing on it all. The internet has been around since the early '90s, but in the last decade has … more
The legislature meets from Tuesday - Friday, so Mondays are often the one day of the week when legislators have the opportunity to spend time back in their home districts. On April 2, in the midst of … more
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