Art opens windows
There’s something about art that touches people at their core. From man’s earliest recorded history, art has been the way to chronicle everyday life, pay homage to the unknown and the powerful, and...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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H.361 falls far short of offering tax relief
“We have an education system in Vermont that is designed to serve significantly more students than we currently have or are projected to have for the foreseeable future. That hurts educational qual...
Apr 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pay attention to change
Work continues in the Vermont Statehouse on education governance reform. While the final shape of any legislation is still a ways off, it’s clear that a few core concepts have risen to the surface ...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 60 60 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 | 72 72 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 | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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Town Meeting about building community
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
“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 ...
It's the economy, stupid
Feb 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
All Vermonters need a shot at ed.reform bills
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
The splendor of snow
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 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 | 136 136 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 | 141 141 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 ...