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Everything that Chachi in Charge does sounds like a badly plagiarized 3rd grade book report: "So in the book 'Old Yeller' there's this dog and that dogs name is Lassie and one day a boy named George was telling his friend Tom about some rabbits and … more
Tax season has passed and now we can start earning the money needed to pay the IRS bill next year.While you may feel the 2016 Tax season has ended, con-artists are still working the phones and sending eMails. Why now? Most of us feel a sense of … more
"Democracy requires citizenship, and citizenship requires a town square." This sentence set in motion the process that led my colleagues and me to buy the company that publishes this newspaper and return it to local ownership.The purchase was one … more
It is clear we are coming down the homestretch of the 2017 Legislative Session. The Senate passed their version of the budget and a Committee of Conference has been appointed. Other committees are hustling to wrap things up as the deadline of Friday … more
Vermont's regulatory system works best when it expertly and promptly considers a project's economic benefits and environmental impacts. I have confidence the Vermont Public Service Board will act in this fine tradition in Docket 8880, NorthStar's … more
We have an opportunity to save up to $26 million a year — up to $100 million over five years, adjusting for inflation - in our education system, without program cuts or asking teachers to pay more for benefits. But the Legislature must act … more
History books love to distill complex events and social movements down to a few names. George Washington. Frederick Douglass. Susan B. Anthony. Martin Luther King Jr. Those may be the people we're most familiar with, but all it takes is a deeper … more
One of the things I really enjoy is watching my grandchildren develop their unique personalities and interests. Once I am aware of an interest or a personality trait, I feel that my job as a grandparent is to nurture that in any way I can. Some … more
To maintain my energy and focus during the legislative session, I bundle up and head out each morning into Hubbard Park, the lovely woodland behind the statehouse. On a run in the park last week with a small white labradoodle (mine) and a large … more
One of the best tools in health care is also one of the least understood. Advanced directives are documents that describe the kind of care you would like to receive if you are in a situation where the chance of recovery is slim and you cannot speak … more
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