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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
Gov. Phil Scott's budget address promised a balanced General Fund budget lower than last year's. It reiterated his opposition to any new taxes and fees, and pledged to make the required annual required contributions to keep the two state retirement … more
The 2017 legislative session took flight just a few weeks ago, with a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, and Senate Pro Tem at the helm. This represents a complete turnover of Vermont's leadership in the executive and … more
Recently, this column has focused on computer-related scams and frauds. But fraudsters have not abandoned the old reliable approaches of telephone and mail scams. Today we'll peek into the world of telephone scams and address postal/mail scams in … more
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