Viewpoint: An existential crisis

WILL PATTEN It feels like Vermont is facing an existential crisis. Can our 250 small towns survive a world that is managed by algorithms and spreadsheets? These small communities are the heart and soul of our state. Can we still afford them? I think the answer is an emphatic “Yes” if we have the courage… Read More »

Democracy is our responsibility

MIKE YANTACHKA Celebrating our nation’s birthday on July 4th reminds us how lucky we are to live in a country built on democracy. We must also remember that our democracy was formed and is maintained by active participation of the governed – namely, us. When we see that our government is taking us in a… Read More »

In Musing: Her name is Diana

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY “In-laws.” Ever notice how terribly close the word is to “outlaw?” Merriam Webster says it was first used in 1894, the same year as “bread-mold” and “hangover.” But alas, the denigration of in-laws seems to center around mothers. Whether Henny Youngman one-liners like, “Just got back from a pleasure trip; I took… Read More »

Help is Here: Mental illness cuts across all cultural divides, communities

Talking about mental health is often regarded as a difficult conversation, whether it’s while we’re gathered around the family dinner table or visiting with our friends, colleagues or community members. Our society often views mental health illness as threatening and uncomfortable. As a direct consequence of our attitudes, people who experience mental health challenges may… Read More »

In Musing: Calling Pollyanna – insult or honor?

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY I have been called a Pollyanna more than once in my life. Alright, truth is, the moniker may have been tossed my way over a thousand times by now. Each and every one of those times, it rankles me to the core. It’s like being told I’m loud, when clearly, people, I’m… Read More »

Another native Vermonter relocates away

The people I befriended in Shelburne/Charlotte will always be near and dear to my heart. Plus, they represent half my life. Yup, 60 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Trahan gave birth to an outgoing child in Burlington. I’m hoping this letter to the editor will make it into the many households I didn’t personally say… Read More »

It’s not over ‘til it’s over!

Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA The plan was to finish the legislative session by Saturday, May 18, even working close to midnight again as we did the last couple of years. Alas, it was not to be. By Friday afternoon there were still about a dozen Committees of Conference working to resolve differences between the House and… Read More »

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