Lake excursions help our understanding of Lake Champlain’s value, problems

NANCY WOLFE STEAD The health of Vermont’s precious resource, Lake Champlain, is much on our minds these perfect summer days. Recently, a group from Wake Robin boarded the UVM research vessel Melosira to get a better understanding of both the lake’s composition and its problems. Its beauty is undeniable. Its problems — pollution, an over-abundance… Read More »

Wellness Works: Workplace burnout

We woke up to national news recently that the World Health Organization had listed “workplace burnout” as an illness. Hopefully this brings increased awareness and greater energy toward genuine, consistent efforts to prevent losing company productivity to employee burnout. The organization defines burnout as the combination of exhaustion, feeling negatively about one’s job and reduced… Read More »

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 »

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

TUIPATE MUBIAY 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… 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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