In his eight years in the Vermont Senate Chris Bray has proven himself to be one of the most productive and effective legislators in Montpelier. As chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee for the past four years he has consistently worked to improve water quality, develop clean energy, and reduce Vermonters’ exposure to toxic chemicals. He was the initiator of the Farm to Plate program, which has generated more than 6,000 new agricultural jobs, added over $100 million in farm revenue, and helped diversify our agricultural sector. He has also had a focus on smart planning, strong...
Americans have a crucial choice in just a few weeks. We usually think of it in terms of policies and personalities. As an educator of 48 years, and knowing that our children are watching every move we make, I think of it as a choice between teachers. I think of the grade school classroom I grew up in with portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln below the alphabet on the front of the classroom wall. To our young minds, they represented integrity and equality. Simplistically, we learned that Washington could not tell a lie and that Lincoln freed the slaves. These represented values...
I encourage voters in Sudbury, Brandon, and Pittsford to join me in re-electing Stephanie Jerome for the Vermont House of Representatives. Stephanie has spent her first term working on issues that help our state’s small communities and businesses thrive. Over the past two years, she has served on the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the new Joint Small Business Solutions Task Force, and the Regional Economic Development Grants committee. During the COVID-19 emergency order, she led the Legislative Action Team, working tirelessly with 25 legislators to help 2,300 Vermonters...
While serving as a member of the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board, I attended a workshop about how to strengthen and sustain public engagement. I chuckled when I heard the phrase “crickets and pitchforks,” referring to the two typical reactions elected officials receive from the public: silence and outrage. I was excited to learn that engagement is not simply possible, but is the linchpin of democracy. Working in a true unified fashion, the OVUU school board sought out every way to connect with the community, to hear the diversity of all voices.
Now that my term has ended I am still...
The election is upon us and millions have already voted. Though we hear that very few Americans remain undecided, we in beautiful blue Vermont should make every last-minute effort to urge them to vote and to choose Joe Biden.
Donald Trump has a natural coalition of the comfortably off who care only about their incomes, religious and “patriotic” zealots, bullies, bigots, racists, haters of all stripes and those he cons with impossible promises. Though Trump lacks a popular majority, it is frighteningly possible that the distribution of his coalition may enable him to win the Electoral College...
For Addison County Teachers and Staff
Nothing like the principal seeing you again,
after so many months, walking down
our school’s stairs. Looking up
and saying “You look beautiful.”
As if we had been prepping,
putting on make-up, in between
classes, in our home rooms.
And not, actually at home, teaching
a screen-full of children.
Telling a few to sit back,
they don’t have to be this close
to the screen. Don’t have to shout,
when they think no one’s listening.
Strange, isn’t it, to think each day
we’re getting through this?
We’re still beautiful. At the same time
remembering Our Lady
Molly Gray is exactly the right person that Vermont needs now to be our next Lieutenant Governor — intelligent, grounded in the Vermont experience, but with a level of international exposure that has prepared her to tackle the job.
Molly will bring an energy to the job that will highlight the things that need to be done to put Vermont’s business in a great position to succeed. Her experience in the challenging fields of human rights law and humanitarian aid in difficult circumstances for the International Committee of the Red Cross gives her an edge in figuring out how to overcome roadblocks...
I have had the privilege of getting to know Dave Silberman over these last few months. When residents across Vergennes began to discuss what it would mean to have more citizen-involved policing in our beloved city, he quickly became a wise resource, a trusted voice, and a ready ally.
It is my honor today to write in support of his candidacy to be our county’s High Bailiff. I have seen up close how he serves this community as a private citizen, and I look forward to seeing his impact amplified as a public official.
At his core, Dave understands the value of bringing more people into the...
Dear Senator Bernie Sanders,
I told myself to write this thank you letter, months ago.
Here goes ...
Thank you so much for introducing ideas into the minds of the majority of Americans. These ideas have a staying power because they can help our nation heal. Who knew you were going to be a “doctor in the house”?
Yes, in order to act on the foundational beliefs set forth in our Declaration of Independence, that all men (an addition: and women and everyone in between) are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among...
My daughters began digging the hole on the first weekend of October.
The large window over our kitchen sink is my window on the world — or the world of our backyard, at least. It was from this vantage point that I spotted three of my daughters hard at work with shovels on a Friday afternoon, clustered around a growing pile of dirt right in the middle of the yard.
“What are you doing?” I called out the back door.
“We’re digging a hole!” they shouted back.
“Couldn’t you have picked a less central place to dig it?” I asked.
“Daddy said it was okay!”
And that was that.
The hole was my 9-year-old...