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When gauging the risk-level for a domestic violence victim, certain details always raise red flags: the presence of a gun, threats of violence, strangulation and any past physical harm. But while such danger requires the most careful safety … more
In a recent interview, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the revolutionary musical Hamilton, pointed off into the distance and said that we all have a mountain we want to reach. The mountain might be far away, but if we can see it then we know the … more
President Trump's budget is morally obscene and bad economic policy. It would cause devastating economic pain to tens of thousands of Vermonters making it harder for our children to get a decent education, harder for our working families to get the … more
Often, as executive director of the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development, people who do not have young children ask me: "I don't have kids. Why should I care about child care?" It is a good question with several answers, such as … more
One of the core principles of politics is compromise. People with differing ideas come together to craft legislation. In order to get anything done they must find common ground. But the principle of common ground and political compromise has been … more
Years ago in a searing Wyoming summer, I sat by the Platte River and watched dive teams search for my friend's brother's body. Day after day we watched the divers go out in their gear and search in the swift, churning water. Meanwhile, we combed the … more
You'll have your guns. You just might not be able to talk about them. You OK with that? Let's step back to the first blog ever posted on that newfangled thing called the internet. Sure, some posts were responsible, but they mostly fell under the … more
The Vermont Legislature recently took an important step towards badly needed drug reform in Vermont. S. 22 permits adults over 21 to possess and cultivate small amounts of marijuana and creates a Marijuana Regulatory Commission to review a potential … more
John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), sometimes responds to questions about stricter immigration enforcement on the southern U.S. border by suggesting it will deter women who risk sexual assault when they make the … more
The Vermont Public Service Board has sent recommendations to the legislature for new sound standards for utility-scale wind projects. Critics say the standards are so strict that the effectively kill development of wind power in the state. This has … more
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