Dog Bite Prevention Week tips for owners

Dog bites post a serious health risk to people, communities, and society as a whole. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 800,000 people receive medical care for dog bites and over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Further, over half of those bitten are children. Between 2012-16, 550 children… Read More »

Help is Here: Maintaining social connections as we age

ALISON MILEY, MSW We experience change throughout our whole lives. However, some of the changes we experience as we enter our later years are unique and can be more challenging than the changes we experience when we are younger. On the other hand, many older adults report that older age is a time of growth,… Read More »

In Musing: The wisdom of foolish folly

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY I played a fool once. Professionally. To be fair, I have plenty of amateur experience as well. Thus, I feel foolish enough to expound on April Fools’ Day, a day possibly inspired by Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” It could also derive from the ancient festival of Hilaria, a feast the Romans took from… Read More »

The State House = The People’s House

By Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA There are quite a number of museums in Vermont, including the State House itself in Montpelier. For 12 months of the year, it is open to the public free of charge and includes guided tours. However, from January through the middle of May it functions as an active workplace as well.… Read More »

Leaders: Born or raised?

By JAN DEMERS She sang for the USO in Vietnam going places Bob Hope wouldn’t go. She entertained at the Purple Onion in San Francisco following in the footsteps of the Smothers Brothers and Phyllis Diller. She was kicked out of Brigham Young University for refusing to stop the work on the Equal Rights Amendment.… Read More »

Viewpoint: Aging with Grace

By BILL SCHUBART Astonishing what we learn from others when we listen. I was talking with a friend only a few years younger who offered a suggestion that in my self-absorption had never occurred to me. At our advancing age, she said, it’s important for us all to make way for new leaders and thinkers.… Read More »

Abortion is not a black and white issue

By Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA For members of the Vermont legislature who work diligently to craft legislation that will address problems, protect rights, and generally keep our “brave little state” as a great place to live and work, there comes along in every biennium one or two very controversial issues. Last year, it was gun regulation.… Read More »

What you read in the news, we see every day

By JAN DEMERS Andrew was on his way to earn a PhD. He had just graduated from college, concentrating on physical biochemistry. He was also in a dangerous financial situation as his student stipend didn’t begin to enable him to make ends meet. Andrew began working with a Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity financial… Read More »

Accepted, now what?

By SARAH SOULE Colleges and university admission officers are in the process of releasing admission decisions to those who have submitted applications. Some area high school seniors have already heard the outcomes and have learned their fate, while others will soon find out if they have been accepted, denied, or wait listed at the institutions… Read More »

Examining the governor’s budget

By REP. MIKE YANTACHKA Democracy can be messy.  With three co-equal branches of government, no one branch can dictate policy unilaterally. Divided government requires a lot of negotiation and compromise under the best of circumstances. Our current national government is divided based on deep ideological differences, however, and this has resulted in a literal breakdown… Read More »