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11/05/2020
More than 260,000 Vermonters voted early this year, by returning the absentee ballots they were mailed in late September and early October. With General Election ballots mailed to all voters, and with town and city clerks allowed to begin processing those ballots in advance of Election Day, Vermonters were able to vote safely and in large numbers. The next elections on Vermont’s political calendar are those associated with Town Meeting Day in March — votes for town officers and school board members, and on town and school budgets. Administering those elections is more complicated than...
11/05/2020
Why is the Vermont outdoorsman doomed to lose the land to hunt, fish, trap and shoot?  Taxpayers contribute tax money that funds agricultural land management programs for farms but no public access. It seems more balance is needed. Tax breaks, migrant workers, pollution, wetlands destruction and soil degradation all lead to more government dollars spent. With that said, I feel any farmland enrolled in government programs should allow public walk-on access to preserve our hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting heritage.  This growing issue will be the end of an era in Vermont.  These are the...
11/05/2020
As many readers know, October was Breast Cancer month, but they may be unaware of some of the statistics that are associated with this disease. Yes, although there may be some new, more effective, targeted methods of treatment and better digital mammograms for earlier detection since 1999 when I was diagnosed, the following facts are still frightening: •  One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. •  ln 2020 an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected. •  About 42,170 women are expected to die in 2020. •  And for women in...
11/05/2020
Over the past two months I, along with School Board Vice Chair Victoria Jette, have had the opportunity to visit with members of our towns that make up the Addison Central School District. Brought together in backyards, community centers, fire stations, in circles around firepits, seated in lawn chairs six feet apart, over 145 families have participated in the Porch Conversation Series. Parents, teachers, residents, came together to share their perspectives, ask questions and demonstrate their commitment to our children.  Created so that members of the School Board Facilities Committee could...
11/02/2020
I am acutely aware that this column will be published the day before Election Day. There are intense emotions swirling around November 3, 2020: an election that falls during a year of pandemic, wildfires, protests over systemic racism, and a country bitterly divided along partisan lines. Reflecting on the United States in 1967, Joan Didion wrote, “The center was not holding.” Reflecting on the United States in 2020, I ask, “Is there a center anymore, and can anybody find it?!?” After the 2016 election, I wrote my opinion about the state of the nation. At the time, I felt an obligation — as...
10/29/2020
In Vermont’s gubernatorial race, expect Gov. Phil Scott’s incumbency and his steady hand through the ongoing pandemic to usher in a third term. While Democrat David Zuckerman proved to be a worthy adversary on the issues, Scott’s widely popular actions to keep the virus contained presents an overwhelming advantage. But if Scott wants to create a legacy that is more than his handling of the pandemic, he needs to be far bolder in his next two years on the state’s underlying economic issues.  Specifically, he must:  • Undo the damage he has done to the state’s solar industry in which he severely...
10/29/2020
The other night I was doing my evening Facebook scroll. I noticed that a friend had posted an announcement that she’d be deleting her social media account. She described how she’s watched a new documentary called The Social Dilemma on Netflix, which pointed to the degrading impact of social media, in particular, on our culture and society. And as a result, she was leaving. I was intrigued. We’ve refused to get an Alexa (Amazon’s voice-activated “helper”) in our house, and I don’t use Siri or Google Assistant. Those seemed clearly too Big Brother to me. But I wondered if this film, coupled...
10/29/2020
Here on the homestead, there’s a whole lotta limping going on. It started with me. In July, my left hip began to ache. The pain isn’t constant, but if I’ve been sitting for too long, I need a good 20 paces to reach my normal cruising speed. And I get pangs in my hip when, for instance, I attempt to carry a full laundry basket up the stairs. I’ve tried everything — movement, rest, stretching, complaining — and so far the only thing that has helped is not doing laundry. Then there’s one of our pet turkeys. The four babies, who are about half-grown now, think I’m their mother and follow me all...
10/29/2020
The surprise in the presidential contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and the incumbent is not that Trump continued his litany of daily lies, insults and idiotic statements (“The pandemic has ended,” Trump said yesterday as the nation reels under the largest daily infection rate of the year), but that Mr. Biden has become a forceful candidate able to put Trump in his place while advocating a progressive agenda. Many Democrats might want Biden to be more assertive and more eloquent, but he’s proven his chops by gaining higher favorability ratings today than he had this summer, and...
10/29/2020
What’s not to like about Governor Phil Scott — he’s doing a good job with the pandemic, he watches the budget, and he drives a stock car. I like these things as a Vermonter who grew up within earshot of Thunder Road (I still remember Ronnie Marvin’s number 13,) but I’m not going to vote for Phil Scott. Why? He belongs to the Republican party and I’ve voted for Republicans many times, but those were different times. That Republican party would never sue the state of Vermont to keep us from voting by mail. Voter fraud? Give me a break — our town clerks and postal workers are good honest people...

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