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I have had the good fortune to work with many very fine legislators in Montpelier — individuals who, from all walks of life, serve the public without compensation beyond the receipt of a modest … more
Vermonters may wonder why there is a continual struggle to fund state initiatives, and why raising taxes is often discussed. One cause of this complex problem is the state's unfunded pension … more
The great Dorset monkey search of 2019 came to a close recently when the announcement came that instead of a monkey, authorities had located a porcupine at the end of a long, winding set of tracks in … more
Since we last spoke to the Manchester Select Board, many towns in Vermont have either proposed or passed a ban on thin-film, single-use plastic bags. Brattleboro banned these bags this summer. This … more
Single-use plastic bags are evil, and will eventually be banned everywhere.I want to live in a town that doesn't sit back and wait for others to act. I want to live in a place that doesn't wait until … more
I am writing in response to Linda Joy Sullivan's Op/Ed addressing Act 250 in the Manchester Journal.With extensive Vermont experience in land use planning, community development, and environmental … more
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the … more
For some, the term economic development bears a negative connotation, as if someone picked a winner and therefore someone else must lose. But economic development is not a zero-sum game. Done well, … more
Several mornings ago, after a night of snow, I went to our town's general store to pick up my newspapers, The Bennington Banner, The Manchester Journal and The Rutland Herald. The news rack was … more
Town Meeting day is fast approaching. As a Town Clerk it is a day that looms large at this time of year. It is full of time-honored traditions: heated conversations over recycling and trash disposal, … more

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