Vermont’s House of Representatives recently passed H.107, a bill to create a statewide paid family and medical leave program. It’s now being considered by the Senate. That may sound like great news for working women and families struggling to get by, but these are the workers who are most li…

Vermont House Bill H.57 and Senate Proposition 5 to amend the Vermont Constitution guarantees a woman the right to terminate her pregnancy at any time. Proponents claim granting this right codifies federal law and widespread practice in the United States. These pieces of legislation are in r…

Like a hearty wind that whips leaves up and around. Like the swirling air that carries the leaves across fields or rivers and then drops them scattered wherever they land. With time and the forces of nature, the leaves will remake themselves as they revitalize the soil and cultivate new life.

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is becoming increasingly alarmed about the mounting evidence that President Trump intends to attack Iran. In his 2019 “State of the Union Address,” President Trump stated:”My administration has acted decisively to confront [Iran] the world’s leading state sponsor of …

The Bennington Free Clinic continues to care for adults who have no health insurance. We depend on our volunteer nurses, doctors and many others to provide health care. We think everyone has a right to receive health care and it should not depend on a person’s income.

As I sat down to the first night Passover Seder I attended on campus, I was offered a sheet with four recommended discussion questions. One question stood out to my friends and me: What enslaves you? We laughed over it at the time, at the sometimes-dark Jewish humor of the discussion of how …

The Vermont House is, for the seventh time over 37 years, trying to enact a primary seat belt law for drivers age 18-plus. Worse yet, this time, its backers are trying to slip their cherished bill through where it won’t be noticed. Fortunately, it’s been noticed. Here, in Q&A format, is …

Reproductive justice stands at the intersection of health, dignity, economic justice and human rights. At Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE), we think a lot about the need to raise the minimum wage in Vermont. When we advocate for reproductive justice, we’re not only focusing…

Recently, the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce surveyed 500 young professionals, primarily Burlington-area residents between the ages of 22 and 34, and learned that over 40% intend to leave Vermont. Why? The high cost of housing, the overall high cost of living and the lack of upwardly mob…

The F-16s have left and the F-35s are scheduled to begin arriving in Vermont this fall. For about five months, this part of the country is left without the protection by the Air National Guard from incoming threats. Interesting. This brings up the question — was it necessary and crucial that…

Day 137. As I write this, it’s been 137 days since my 23-year-old son, Andrew Black, walked into a gun store, bought a handgun, drove home and within hours, shot himself. On Day 3, we wrote an obituary, suggesting a way to honor Andrew would be to call your local representative asking for a …

Over and over again, we have seen committee rooms and panels full of mostly white men making decisions about women’s access to basic reproductive health care. This has devastating and sometimes deadly consequences for women and the choices they can make about their own bodies, especially for…

In the April 13 weekend Rutland Herald, John Nassivera had a piece titled “The religious shall inherit the earth.” The article starts off by saying that New England is the least religious area in the entire United States, and I have heard from other sources also that Vermont is probably No. …

Special counsel Mueller’s report does not “clear” the president of a charge that he conspired with the Russians to be elected. Instead, on Page 2 of Vol. 1, it merely says the special counsel “did not establish” this charge. It clearly says “A statement that the investigation did not establi…

There has been a consistent message from the State House this session: We need to grow Vermont’s labor force. Solving a problem of this magnitude, one that may prove to be Vermont’s largest barrier to prosperity, will require seeking and utilizing every opportunity we can. Of those solutions…

Over the past 28 years as a practitioner and teacher of primary care pediatrics at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, and as a member of Vermont’s Child Fatality Review Team, I have had the opportunity to learn much about suicide and gun violence prevention. I have seen more than I wish I had…

“Respect, Protect and Enjoy” — words from the website of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources. Words matter. Lowell Lake State Park’s long-range plan matters. This quiet system of woods, lake, swamps, fens and trails found near Londonderry has been an undeveloped park since 1977. The park i…

Strong schools are necessary for a strong community. Our youth are our future. When voters vote down a school budget, it gives our youth the message that Springfield voters do not care for them. When it makes the news that Springfield is one of three towns in Vermont to vote down its school …

I am a therapist in private practice working with people of all ages and all issues. People struggle for all kinds of reasons. But what bothers me the most is the struggles brought on by the hurt and pain caused by others.

On a recent Friday (April 5), I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon in Rutland Middle School speaking to Mr. Lindgren’s and Ms. Geno’s history classes. What I observed there was both enlightening and disturbing.