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The Vermont legislature heads toward its town meeting break with the state budget at the top of the agenda, as it should be. Right now we face about a $75 million shortfall, provided we do not create any new programs or substantially increase … more
Question: five years ago where did you go in Manchester to meet up with forty friends, hold a meeting and/or an event or spend time on your computer in a welcoming atmosphere?Answer: Good luck. Today, however, some sixty thousand visits have been … more
Many kids know early on what sports they'll be playing as they grow and go through school. They learn tee-ball, soccer, basketball, often following in the footsteps of an older relative or sibling.But what about those who don't? In elementary school … more
Once again the pressing problems in Montpelier are 1) how to solve a budget gap, as spending for existing state programs continues to grow faster than tax revenue, and 2) how to stimulate economic development. These problems are always discussed and … more
The Shires of Vermont Regional Marketing Organization (The Shires RMO) has watched discussions about tourism marketing in Bennington County with interest and a sense of optimism. We have two observations—first, there's a clear willingness to … more
When was the last time you had a chat with your refrigerator? Have you heard any good stories or gossip from your home heating system or coffee maker? Has your car complained to you about your driving? Sounds a bit absurd but guess what: many home … more
Unless you're Huckleberry Finn, when you're 13 you're pretty terrified at the prospects of having a job. As a kid I'd always wanted to work with my dad as plumber, but I was "too young." Tony Perry, a man who would remain a father figure to me … more
My 91st birthday is near, and I have three grandchildren I love and admire who express concern about the state of the darkening adult world they are now entering. They see an obscene concentration of wealth in a few hands, a widespread collapse of … more
Are you another lucky person? Did you get a postcard telling you that you've been selected to receive a free prize — a new car, an HD-TV, a computer, a vacation? Maybe you just opened an invoice for a "pledge" or a purchase you made but you … more
The ongoing battle between the wealthy one percent and the rest of the people for control of the government appears to have concluded with the capitulation of democratic government to the autocratic rule of capital. This was achieved through … more
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