Transparency is key to good government
This week is Sunshine Week. While it may be hard for some to grasp, given the long, cold winter we’re slowly emerging from, Sunshine Week isn’t about warmer temperatures or longer days. It’s about ...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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H.361 a monster of a bill
Two weeks ago the House Education Committee voted unanimously to send a new bill, H361, out of the committee to the House for more consideration. That move has prompted much discussion around the s...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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No surprises a surprise
Veteran attendees will be the first to say there’s always something unexpected awaiting them at Town Meeting. Interestingly enough, this year saw very few surprises, at least in local communities. ...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Town Meeting about building community
“Oh, not more Town Meeting stuff.” The young assistant in the newspaper office who traffics press releases and letters to the editor was moaning about the heavy volume of commentary and news items ...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's the economy, stupid
Dedicated Statehouse observers know that this is one of the most interesting times of the year in Montpelier. The Legislature has been in session for about six weeks, and things are really starting...
Feb 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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All Vermonters need a shot at ed.reform bills
A hearing took place at the Statehouse in Montpelier earlier this week that raised some eyebrows. The Vermont Senate is considering a bill, S. 31, that would add background checks to guns purchased...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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The splendor of snow
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
“Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb towards it.” Sir Edmund H...
Medicaid cost-shift tax raises many questions
Jan 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
This week, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration rolled out a plan to increase payroll tax contributions by employers. Revenues from the the 0.7% additional tax, pegged at approximately $90 million, ...
Education reforms will be a rocky road for the state
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
There’s been quite a bit of discussion around Vermont during the past year about the need to change how the state pays for primary and secondary education, and how schools and school districts are ...
VY closure part of cycle
Jan 08, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
Every new year brings with it a certain transition. The new year brings not just a new placeholder in the numerology of how we track the rotations around the sun, but often real change as well. Las...
Session set to begin
Dec 31, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
On Tuesday, January 6, the Vermont Legislature opens for business. While it’s only been two months since the November election, it seems like an eternity since voters went to the polls and made the...
Is there a Santa Claus?
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
Sometimes, in this age of 24/7 news and instant communication, one might want to take a step aside and reflect on some of history’s more enduring words. Those that have true meaning, whether set in...