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In early November I received a call from a neighbor who had a beaver in her backyard pond. Backyard ponds are magnets for beavers, but because such ponds are often created to fulfill an ornamental role, and a beaver's esthetic may conflict with the … more
My wife and I have owned and operated the Jacksonville General Store in southern Vermont for three years now. Lots of work and challenges, like all small businesses, and increasingly, small and subtle non-monetary rewards. Our customers began our … more
As I stood in the middle of an estimated crowd of 175,000 on the Boston Common on January 21 I kept asking myself, "Where were these people in August and September?" I wanted to believe that if crowds like this in Boston, New York, Washington and … more
The Vermont Constitution (Chapter 1, Article 6) demands that our elected officials are open, transparent, and accountable. The authors understood how transparency in government is the very basis of trust. State statute also demands access and … more
The Budget Adjustment Act (BAA) was voted on this past week and went through easily. BAA is a mid-fiscal year "true up." Vermont has a long-standing tradition of a balanced budget; we do not deficit spend but maintain a balanced budget though we are … 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
Like most things that people can't see, there is much debate over whether the Jolly Ol' Elf is real or not. The debate spills over into moral territory as parents worry about lying to their children.But, I believe.I do not think that a man flies a … more
I like to believe that I don't think much about this subject. Why should I? Do I think a lot about what men wear? Well, occasionally; I do admit that I notice a man in a suit on the streets of Brattleboro, perhaps because I don't own one. I also … 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
On Dec. 8, David beat Goliath. It was the kind of victory that is rare, but one that is immeasurably satisfying. In this particular case the battle was between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and one smart Vermonter who was not going to take no … more
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