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I've been thinking lately about courage and hope. National and world events, as well as the challenges of my daily life, invite courage and hope to help me through each day. Hope is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "desire with … more
The idea that there is a positive return on investment in early childhood programs is not new, and it provides an excellent rationale for Governor Scott's proposals in his budget to increase funding in this realm.A recent report from the Vermont … 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
Healthy children. Happy parents. A positive work culture. Engaged, productive and loyal employees who feel valued and supported to do their very best work. These are just a few of the many reasons the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children chooses to … more
When a witness enters a committee room in the Vermont Statehouse, committee members make split second decisions about the individual. It doesn't matter which committee it is or which legislators are gathered around the table.Of course, this is not … 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
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
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