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I was truly hoping to get away from it this week. I honestly didn't want to write about more hot button issues and the frailty of the nation this week. I wanted to find something positive and uplifting and spill 700 words into this column that would … more
Recent news of the closure of Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill took many of us in the field of mental health and addiction by surprise. Too many Vermonters in need of addiction treatment are already underserved. And the sudden loss of Maple … more
Once again the legislature appears poised to miss another opportunity to address the real reason behind rising education costs.The real problem with Act 60 is that it gives economic incentives for large schools to spend more money. This has been the … more
One of our inspiring visitors this past week was Dr. Heather Darby from UVM Extension. Heather, a soil agronomist, has been visiting our committee for several years and always brings interesting and exciting agricultural news. Roger Rainville, of … more
The Vermont Legislature is now well into the final chapter of a high-stakes saga that began in 2010. At its center is the phosphorus level in Lake Champlain, especially in St. Albans and Missisquoi Bays.As a state document explains, "In excessive … more
The global biosphere — the life-support system for both humans and all other living things — is being ever more seriously abused. The several major renewable natural resources upon which we all depend for our well-being and very survival … more
In 2009, my husband, Tim Butterworth, and I got a call from a neighbor who worked at Marlboro College. Would we consider having one of their Fulbright teachers for a homestay week over the upcoming holiday break? We eagerly said, "Yes!" having … more
In the mid-1970s I worked as a technician at the Dartmouth Medical School. It was an interesting job that also allowed me to take courses at Dartmouth College. It was strangely ironic that at the time I had no idea about any Dartmouth connection … more
My daughter grimaced and shook her head. "I am BatMAN," she said with all the seriousness a 3-year-old could muster.The well-intentioned older lady smiled politely and said, "Oh, princess, but you are a GIRL!" before giving me a look that I couldn't … more
Democrats and Progressives in the Vermont Legislature are about to override a local election that was conducted correctly and lawfully by experienced town clerks and certified by a Vermont court. They are using the Legislature's constitutional … more
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