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I've been in politics a long time, and I've been a Democrat for almost as long. Although it's only my second term in the Vermont State Senate, I was elected president of Mrs. MacMurray's 1st grade … more
It seemed to be a simple encounter. A few hours later I realized that I had had a profound experience, at least that's the way it could be interpreted.Last Friday I was having lunch at Amy's Bakery on Main Street in Brattleboro. It is one of the … more
Vermont has an excellent opportunity for new economic development, thanks to NorthStar's plan to decommission Vermont Yankee. Historically, Vermonters have worked hard to preserve our natural resources, and the cost of doing business here is … more
By now it's not clear when this thing might end. But what is clear is that Sir Tweets a Lot is off his meds and has flipped that switch to common decency to the off position. His constant boorish behavior and adolescent antics on social media have … more
In many people's minds, the blessings of a bountiful life in a place like the United States of America were made possible by the exploration and colonization ushered in by Christopher Columbus. However, this view is only one story of many.This … more
A woman approached me at my kids' school the other day. We know each other only from meetings around town; I don't think we'd ever spoken one-on-one. But something compelled her to move beyond her shyness and reserve. I was instantly curious.She … more
Many of us are having a hard time accepting the fact that we have a mentally unstable, narcissistic bully for a President (calling him a clown would be disrespectful to clowns) and we feel helpless to do anything about it. But there is some glimmer … more
This has been one of the busiest months for Fraud Watch. It began with reports of counterfeit products, moved to fraudulent disaster relief, and now focuses on one ofthe most extensive data breaches in American history. Late last week, Equifax, one … more
We recently recognized the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.To put that in perspective, Facebook didn't exist and the Groper in Chief had to issue his insults face-to-face because Twitter didn't exist either.But how about perspective with a … more
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
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