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The Budget Adjustment Act (BAA) was voted on this past week and went through easily. BAA is a mid-fiscal year "true up." Vermont has a long-standing tradition of a balanced budget; we do not deficit spend but maintain a balanced budget though we are … more
My wife and I have owned and operated the Jacksonville General Store in southern Vermont for three years now. Lots of work and challenges, like all small businesses, and increasingly, small and subtle non-monetary rewards. Our customers began our … more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — I'm not much for mass demonstration. Before I give my voice up to a movement, I want to be sure that I can abide by the tenets of the cause. Clearly that was my mother's teaching and it was with her that I marched in the … more
Prevention work saves money. Research proves that focusing on prevention is a far more effective use of resources to ensure children reach their full potential than treating the effects of abuse after it has occurred.Every dollar invested in … more
When I purchased my current home it had a gas fired hot water heater right out in the open in the kitchen. I've seen a lot of this sort of thing in farm houses in Vermont and it is a common practice. When retrofitting a home that never had a hot … more
The contrast was striking. On Saturday we were treated to Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer's "Twilight Zone" press conference in which he repeatedly lied to the assembled reporters and then took no questions. When the inevitable and justified … more
This column is being written late. That sort of sums up my success at keeping New Year's resolutions. Happens every year: I pile up the intentions like someone investing in a stock called "Disappointment," then I plunge into January and before no … more
D-Day plus 5, that's where we sit now. We sit in an alternative world where free speech is in play, and alternative facts are real. Here's an alternative set of facts: He's not the President and we can move on. But you see, much like his small … more
It's the first day of winter sports, and as I step into the lobby of the school, the kids are already lined up-and pumped up! Their voices match their energy, as we chaperones wind through their throng to receive our instructions and their Mount … more
Allow me a moment to tell you about my America. My America is a place of NPR, Billy Joel, fair trade coffee, never-ending interstates, Jewish delis, and witty protest slogans. It is a place with dairy subsidies that make no macro-economic, but protect family farms from major conglomerates. It is … more
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