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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
After being asked to read at the Writers Resist reading in Brattleboro on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, I wrote the following brief essay as an explanation for why I found this particular event both a formidable moral and literary … more
The election is over and every attempt to deny President-Elect Trump his victory through recounts and hoping state Electors would refuse to re-allocate their votes has failed. For the second time in sixteen years, the presidential candidate who won … more
Six years ago a Democratic Congress and President enacted Obamacare. Whatever one may have thought about its merits, after six years it is unmistakably clear that it cannot continue without heroic, disruptive interventions in 2017, costing many … more
Let me clarify one thing. Last week I wrote a fairly glum column about the plight of our society as we know it. The constant dumbing down and misinformation has completely dropped our collective IQs like a 50-pound dumbbell hitting the floor. … more
When someone talks to me about the Legislature, I usually receive thanks for my willingness to do an undesirable job. Then I often hear something like: "I couldn't do that job. I'm too much of a people-pleaser and like to be liked." The thing is, I … more
With a new president and governor inaugurated this month, it's a good time to rethink the limits of executive power to act without the authorization of the Constitution or the Legislature — especially in view of the growing … more
Funny thing about dictators, in a civilized society karma usually catches them. It might take a while, and those that have fallen to its rule often suffer by having basic human rights stripped from them or worse. When a dictator takes over it's … more
In 1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stated, "For years I labored with the idea of reforming existing institutions of society through a little change here and a little change there. But now I feel differently. You have to have a reconstruction of the … more
The men and women of Vermont Alimony Reform brought the issue of antiquated spousal support and maintenance laws to the attention of the Legislature when we testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last spring.According to the most recent … more
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