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Act 46 provides for an alternative to merging. It is called an Alternative Governance Structure. It is defined as: A Supervisory Union, with member districts; that provides for Pre-K-12 education for all its students; maximizes its operation … more
I have spent three decades of my life working for clean water in multiple arenas including public policy, regulatory affairs, citizen education, and managing direct hands on projects to improve the health of all rivers and their associated lakes, … more
Crossover is upon us and bills of all sorts are coming to the Floor of the House. Several bills from Government Operations were reported and passed with little debate, as was the Transportation Bill. One bill that did require significant debate was … more
My apologies - it has been some time since I have written and a lot has happened. A quick recap with the pledge to keep you informed in a more timely manner from now until the end of the session - sometime in May.My morning committee is Judiciary … more
I've been thinking lately about courage and hope. National and world events, as well as the challenges of my daily life, invite courage and hope to help me through each day. Hope is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "desire with … more
The Vermont House of Representatives is currently considering legislation that would allow the state to take a critical next step in correcting the historic wrong of marijuana prohibition and mitigating the damage that has been done — … more
I read something the other day about cats versus dogs. The writer attempted to quantify everything with statistics, like the number of words a dog can understand. It was a lot more than I had assumed, but then, I really don't know much about dogs. … more
The Immigration bill recently passed by the Vermont State Senate has managed to ruffle some feathers. Forgive the title of this essay, for it was meant to attract your attention. By the end of it, you may be disappointed there isn't anything … more
A friend's 81-year-old uncle has been feeling intensely despondent lately about the state of the world. He feels we've lost our compassion; we've abandoned empathy. A quick read-through of the news might easily lead one to this conclusion.Paul … more
You should know a few things about your fearless columnist.I am unapologetic in my beliefs. I honestly can't understand how anyone else could possibly not believe what I believe. Also, I am willing to fight to the death for those values and beliefs. … more
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