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Our wood stove is a daily reminder of my family's good fortune, a source of radiant positive energy, and an ironclad prompt that we should give to others. My family recently gathered in itswarmth to discuss our charitable giving and to get some new … more
Heaven is where you are if your candidate wins, hell is where you are if your candidate doesn't, and purgatory is where the Democrats live! Here's my disclaimer for the statements that follow: I react only as a citizen of these United States … more
Dear Governor-Elect Scott: Congratulations on your victory. We share your interest in getting right to work in addressing Vermont's economic woes and we believe agriculture deserves our immediate attention.Specifically, we are deeply concerned about … more
I was born and raised out on the Great Plains. I remember winters there as mythic events, epic enactments of the power of Nature, soaring testaments to a Divine presence in the world beyond human reach or replication. The prairie … more
Friends have asked me over the years how I developed my interest in all things with engines and driving them. I have to blame it all on my adopted dad. He was a motor vehicle inspector for the state of Vermont (after transferring from the Highway … more
Last week I, along with many Vermonters, read that the State Board of Education and its chair Stephan Morse where declaring victory for the controversial Education law known as Act 46. It "has been a huge success and does not require significant … more
Florists, garden centers and grocery stores are loaded with color right now — plants that are bright, cheery, and hard to kill. They are just what we need in these dark, dreary days of early winter when the sun goes down before 5 p.m. … more
On Dec. 8, David beat Goliath. It was the kind of victory that is rare, but one that is immeasurably satisfying. In this particular case the battle was between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and one smart Vermonter who was not going to take no … more
Years ago when I taught an undergraduate 20th century history course, I facilitated an odd discussion about the rise of fascism in Europe. As we deconstructed the economic and social factors that contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler and Benito … more
As the recent election cycle demonstrated, American politics is beset with a number of polarizing issues. Among the most obvious has been the debate over coal. Where Hillary Clinton favored renewable energy at the expense of the coal industry, … more
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