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Congressman Peter Welch's continued taking of campaign contributions from special interests including corporations (legal corruption) has aggravated the opioid epidemic, probably causing harm to many … more
My mornings begin with hot coffee and a quote to help me frame my day and my work. After posting a quote on social media, I turn to several newspapers online to catch up on state, national, and world … more
A number of years ago, then state representative Daryl Pillsbury made an effort to pass a bill that would require hospitals to be subject to an open meeting law. It would have meant that hospital … more
If someone has the political acumen to run for office I suppose you should run for office. Does that mean you have to be a lifelong politician? I honestly don't think you need to be someone who has … more
While it includes some useful changes, the House bill to reform education funding fails in its stated objective, which was to "simplify the funding process" and "strengthen the connection between … more
In annual surveys around town I find people wanting many issues addressed at Representative Town Meeting (RTM). One surprise this year is sidewalks and snow removal: they're mentioned as often as … more
Over the past six weeks, the House Ways and Means Committee has diligently worked to produce a coherent bill to shift Education Fund spending from some people and districts to other people and … more
Spending the last 52 years in the Brattleboro area is an experience worth remembering. No doubt, others have witnessed some of the same: a mixture of changes, novelty, excitement, and challenges, but … more
By now you've probably heard about Governor Phil Scott's proposal to build a brand new, sprawling 925-bed prison "campus," which would include a 50-bed locked facility for psychiatric patients, 25 … more
Town Meeting is one of my favorite things - not necessarily as a Senator but as a resident. I am afraid that many of our TMs are slowly eroding — for a number of reasons. Primarily I feel the … more
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