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Yankee Notebook: Tactics without strategy

I’m pretty sure it was my father’s fault that I went wrong so young. Browsing through his bookcase one day as a child, I came across a pair of absolutely captivating volumes: “The Bears of Blue River,” by Charles Major, and “African Game Trails,” by Theodore Roosevelt. In the first, a young boy on the Indiana frontier in the early […]

Finding common ground

How many times have you heard it said that politics in Vermont is different from other states? We’ve all read stories that seem to set our collaborative tradition apart from Washington, D.C. Most point to the scale of our small cities and towns as evidence that we are different, and that our political speech can, and will, remain so. But […]

It’s time to cure mental health stigma for good

May is Mental Health Month and the theme designated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) this year is “Cure Stigma.” We have certainly come a long way and are more accepting about mental illness, but we still have a lot of work to do. Mental health was never taken as a serious issue until those suffering emerged from […]

Finding common ground

Commentary

How many times have you heard it said that politics in Vermont is different from other states? We’ve all read stories that seem to set our collaborative tradition apart from Washington, D.C. Most point to the scale of our small cities and towns as evidence that we are different, and that our political speech can, and will, remain so. But […]

Tactics without strategy

Yankee Notebook

I ’m pretty sure it was my father’s fault that I went wrong so young. Browsing through his bookcase one day as a child, I came across a pair of absolutely captivating volumes: “The Bears of Blue River,” by Charles Major, and “African Game Trails,” by Theodore Roosevelt. In the first, a young boy on the Indiana frontier in the […]

Where’s the apology?

Commentary

Missteps? This White House has made a few. But apologies? Almost never. White House officials reiterated their position Monday that a morbid joke an aide made about John McCain — an 81-year-old, six-term Republican senator with brain cancer — is not the sort of thing that warrants an apology on behalf of this administration. This decision led colleagues and relatives […]

Rolling blackouts for New England?

Commentary

Rolling blackouts are probably coming to New England sooner than expected. When there’s not enough supply of electricity to meet demand, an electric grid operator cuts power to one section of the grid to keep the rest of the grid from failing. After a while, the operator restores the power to the blacked-out area and moves the blackout onto another […]

Keep the internet free

Commentary

Millions of Americans were outraged last year when the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the strong and enforceable net neutrality rules that were adopted in 2015. As a supporter of a free and open internet, I share the public’s outrage over the loss of these critical protections, which is why I am voting in favor of this resolution to […]

Get ready or get left behind

Commentary

Twenty-six years ago, I started an organization called CFES Brilliant Pathways that has helped 100,000 students go to college. Since our founding, the world has changed exponentially, and that requires transforming how students become collegeand career-ready. Over the last decade, one of the most profound alterations is a twofold increase in the number of students who live in poverty in […]

The EFFECTS of the TICK

Weekly Planet

I love May in Vermont. During this resplendent, riotous time of year, mountain slopes turn pink with blooming red maples, and ostrich ferns unfurl like green scrolls along riverbanks. Unfortunately, with the alarming spread of ticks and Lyme disease, along with other tick-borne diseases, May in Vermont has acquired ominous overtones. And it’s likely to get worse in years ahead, […]


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