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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
WHEREAS, The patriotic values of an unfettered free market must be maintained as the core of any U.S. health system and,WHEREAS, pharmaceutical companies have been unfairly targeted by having to face public pressure for perceived unfair pricing … more
The United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord raises the stakes for states, cities and businesses to lead. The travesty of the United States federal government turning its back on climate science and effective solutions creates a big … more
This past week, we worked on a number of important bills but the two I heard the most about from constituents were H.492 - an act relating to the Racial Justice Oversight Board and H.523 - an act relating to fair and impartial policing.Recent events … more
Many of my friends and neighbors were ambivalent about celebrating Independence Day this year. Some were angry and despondent. I too have felt all these emotions this week, but as a child of an immigrant, my experience of the 4th of July … more
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
It's a deal you can't resist and a fantastic second honeymoon. A flight and two-day stay in San Francisco before boarding the Grand Princess for a 10-day cruise to Alaska with two days in the Denali wilderness. The cost of this all-inclusive dream … more
Many of us make an effort to help others whenever we can. Sometimes it's a casual one time effort, such as allowing someone to move in front of you in the line at the grocery store or waving someone on to drive ahead of you as they try to enter a … more
Most gardeners don't think of July as the time to plant seeds in the vegetable garden. But it should be. This is a good time to plant many things including broccoli, Happy Rich, lettuce, kohlrabi, fall radishes, carrots and beets. With good warmth … more
With the daily chaos raining down on the nation from the Trump White House, the 2017 Legislature had to add to the work focused on Vermonters, with a Trump Protection Plan. Unfortunately, though, that chaos started to leak into the Vermont scene at … more
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