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The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it's a good time to review the outcome to see who got what — and what lies ahead.In January Gov. Phil Scott strongly urged a budget with no tax rate increases. To their … more
I have written extensively about how embezzlement and nonprofit and municipal board negligence has caused the loss of millions of dollars - and based upon recent news reports, losses still continue.In a May 26, 2017, publication of VTDigger, it was … more
So let's talk about fear. Yes, I have written a few columns about fear and how fear is used by authoritarians to control the people. A society that lives in fear is one that is more likely to go along with their leader and possibly do some atrocious … more
I take my role in state government seriously. I am honored to have been elected by Vermonters to serve as Secretary of State. Since taking office in 2011, I have worked hard to improve how our government serves the public by increasing transparency, … more
By nature, I am not a suspicious or skeptical individual, want to trust people at their word and be agreeable to reasonable requests. I also tend to comply with requests made of me by individuals I perceive as knowledgeable or persons of authority. … more
As I write this it's Memorial Day. President John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old today. The first thing I see is an AP story: "Has Memorial Day Lost it Meaning?" Boy, I sure hope not. Growing up in South Dorset, Vermont, in the 1950's and … more
Two years ago, I wrote an op-ed that opened: "The Legislature can work with local communities to improve education, or it can push them around."This is the fundamental choice that the governor and lawmakers continue to wrestle with this session.In … more
Picture this: Sit on the floor with your knees pulled up halfway to your chest wearing nothing more than your underwear. You can't sit up straight because the space is only 3 feet, 3 inches high. How long can you sit like this? Five minutes; 10 … more
The end of this year's legislative term was just exhausting. Several sessions in the last few weeks went well into the late evening, and most days were marked by long delays and uncertainty while three-ring negotiations were going on between the … more
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