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We will have to wait some months to see who the "winner" will be of this month's budget debacle in Montpelier. The way I handicap it, Gov. Phil Scott will probably have the upper hand going into this … more
When U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, stopped by Manchester on Monday, the stated goal of his visit was a tour of the various ways federal funds have helped this community. He saw two of our town's … more
Woven into the stars and stripes, along with democracy, is enthusiastic support for the "Free Market" system: capitalism, eulogized as "Free Enterprise." The founding fathers, doing their work in a … more
"If a mandate was the solution, we could solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house," then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama quipped in a 2008 critique of his opponent Hillary … more
On an off day for the Legislature I decided to drive up to Montpelier to sit in on a public meeting the Governor arranged with his Finance and Management Commissioner and the state economist to … more
In the past week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their most recent data on suicide rates in the U.S. Sadly, this announcement was book-ended by the deaths of two … more
The Vermont Legislature convened in January 2018 and adjourned early May. All the Legislators went back to their district homes only to come back to Montpelier for a special session on May 23, 2018. … more
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This past week America took some hard body shots. Renowned chef/educator Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade both decided to call it quits. Depression is a terrible disease/condition and … more
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"What we have seen today really is a culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years." — Ireland's Prime Minister Leo VaradkarAs our current … more
Rep. Cynthia BrowningThe Vermont Legislature has been called back into session by Governor Scott to deal with a disagreement about whether to use unanticipated state tax revenue to pay down unfunded … more
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