As you may know, the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary membership organization. Among the things that we’re engaged in is advocacy on behalf of the business community at the State House. As we approach “crossover day,” when bills are moved between the House and Senate, there…

Here I am pounding th’ ol’ keyboard as I look at the Siberia-like countryside out my living room window. Younger guys are down at our business whaling away with a vengeance on last night’s latest 6 inches. Like run-away witchgrass swallowing up a corn field, snow banks have diminished parkin…

Vermont has an ugly secret. In our picturesque villages, our quaint downtowns and our larger neighborhoods, grim scenes of domestic violence are occurring. It is all too easy to think this grotesque violence doesn’t exist in our beautiful state. But behind too many closed doors, victims are …

One of the more frustrating American dilemmas emerging over the last few years has actually been evolving for several decades. That is the conservative initiative indoctrinating constituents into blind loyalty to an often simplistic, mostly superficial series of dogmatic bromides that feel a…

A bill under consideration by the Vermont Legislature allowing employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year for an illness, to care for a relative or the birth of a child, will cripple many small businesses in the state. It will also hurt the employees if those companies are forced …

For years, like so many Vermonters, I took what I perceived to be our fundamental rights and liberties for granted. In fact, I’ve spent much of my life working to help secure those liberties for those to whom they were denied. My naïveté ended pretty quickly after Nov. 9, 2016. Since that fa…

With the arrival of calendar spring, daylight saving time and the misguided hope that winter is coming to an end, March is a transitional month here in northern Vermont. Exactly what comprises that transition is generally up for grabs. Anything can happen this month, and it often does. Summe…

I hadn’t been snowshoeing in a couple of years, so when my friend John called after a recent late-season snowfall to ask if I wanted to join him and a few buddies for a night-time hike, I jumped at the opportunity.

Now that we’re done congratulating ourselves on the perpetuation of the democratic principals embodied in our participation at town meeting, let’s talk about the real and present danger to our democracy.

Although it’s too legally risky to acquire and release the academic grades and SAT scores of a gifted, stable genius with “the best words,” evaluating the last couple of years presents far less of a problem. Rather than risk violating confidentiality, we will refer to said genius as Student …

I recently listened to the CEO of the Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), an international organization that is building bipartisan political will to invest in kids in the U.S. and abroad. Mark Kennedy Shriver and long-time child advocate and actor, Jennifer Garner commended the tripart…

In 2019, it should go without saying that of all the issues our modern world faces, it is climate change that poses the greatest threat to our way of life, and frankly our existence, here in Vermont and in every corner of our planet. The source of this problem is the excessive burning of fos…

I am pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on the early days of Studio Place Arts (SPA). I was the chair of the Board during the three years in which we were creating the organization and restoring the burned-out Nichols Block building at 201 North Main Street. From its very early days,…

On Tuesday, March 5, Cabot will be voting on both a pre-K-12 school budget, and whether to close the high school. This budget is only for full pre-K-12 … if the high school closes, the budget is null and void, and we will need to hold a revote.

I am loath to invoke the term because of its association with so many of Trump’s idiotic utterances and wrongful accusations against the press. However, in truth, there is a great deal of “fake news” being circulated in the mainstream corporate-owned media about what is going on currently in…

Across Vermont, students in schools are drinking water contaminated by a potent neurotoxin that experts agree causes irreversible damage to children’s health. That neurotoxin is lead, and it’s likely that most of the students, teachers and staff at these schools don’t even know it’s in their water.

Robert Mueller, Trump, Vietnam War, Hanoi, political cartoon

If my buddy, Creighton W. Apple, were an automobile, he’d be a Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge or maybe even a Studebaker. That’s it, a Studebaker ... good ol’ American-made, back when motors grumbled, gears ground and pedals pumped ... y’know, when “cars were cars.”

Gov. Phil Scott, in his 2019 budget speech, stressed that he wants to increase Vermont’s population with young people in response to our aging population. However, Vermont is just one of many states with an aging population and we don’t even make the top 10.

The state of Vermont is underrepresented in Hollywood. When I grow up, I’m going to be a filmmaker, and I plan to rectify this situation. One day, I will meet with Hollywood executives and pitch the following concepts for movies about the Green Mountain State:

Mexico Will Pay, Trump, Pence, Border Wall, political cartoon

America is in the throes of an addiction crisis. Last year, more than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses. Vermont saw the death of more than 100 people from opioid overdoses in 2017.

Morrisville Water and Light (MWL) is one of 2,200 not-for-profit public power utilities in the United States. We serve approximately 4,000 residents and businesses in the Morrisville area with electric service. Our goal as a member of the community is to help move Morrisville toward its visi…

I write today to urge Ward 1 voters to re-elect Sue Higby to the Barre City Council.

Protect the right to choose — we, the undersigned, strongly support H.57, the abortion rights preservation bill, and urge its passage and final enactment into law.

Trump, GOP, Republican senators, national emergency, shelter, political cartoon

As a local school board member, I have watched the twists and turns of Act 46 closely, and the process has run its course. Delaying implementation of the forced mergers by another year would be harmful to our students and our communities.

The week of Feb. 4, multiple places in Burlington — Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, the Pride Center of Vermont and Outright Vermont — were hit by flyers and stickers from a national white supremacist group named Patriot Front. The stickers and flyers read “Better Dead Than Red” and “America First.” …

After the battle of Dunkirk and Europe had been overrun, Britain stood alone facing an undefeated army. Winston Churchill addressed his citizens to calm them and stiffen their resolve. We’ve all heard and remember his inspiring words. There were many underlying messages contained in his spee…

This morning, my dog, Fern, and I had a good discussion about toast and jam. Y’want something deeper? C’mon, she’s a dog. I was luxuriating in my lounge chair, about to partake in a toasted slice of pumpernickel slathered with butter and raspberry jam, when Fern, our elderly Black Lab, amble…

One of Vermont’s great success stories over the past decade has been the growth of local foods. Recently, I had the opportunity to testify for the House Agriculture Committee regarding food co-ops and how we support our state’s local food system. They wanted to hear from a co-op, I believe, …

It is easy to want to keep things the way they have been. The developments being built and planned in downtown Montpelier — transportation terminal, new housing, hotel, parking structure — are not exactly what I wanted. In the past dozen years, I’ve attended hundreds of hours of meeting rega…

I have read many articles and listened to many reports lately in regard to abortion. I now feel compelled to respond. Those who are pro-life believe that abortion should be outlawed. Their reason or belief is that abortion is the murder of an unborn child.

Gov. Phil Scott delivered his 2019 Inaugural Address on Jan. 10 and his budget address on Jan. 23, pleading for population growth. On the intervening Thursday, Jan. 17, George Plumb, perhaps foremost among our citizen guardians of what’s left of Vermont’s incomparable natural landscape and u…