It is my observation that some environmental, social-justice, religious and political organizations, as well as news media, are addressing many of the current problems society and the earth are struggling to deal with, including racism, immigration, income inequality and climate catastrophe.…

Vermont’s beauty, character and relatively unspoiled condition are cherished by those who are glad our beloved state has not yet been turned into New Jersey. That it hasn’t is at least partly thanks to Vermont’s Act 250. This unique and widely respected environmental protection law was enact…

An alternately preening and raging Donald Trump spent the weeks since his Senate acquittal laying waste to the stated belief of several GOP senators that the president had “learned his lesson,” emerging from his impeachment ordeal chastened and humbled. Of course, POTUS acquiring humility is…

When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility — Green Mountain Power (GMP) — launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from …

Last week, President Trump, with the aid of his senior adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner, put forth a peace plan to settle the long-standing differences between the state of Israel and the Palestinians. There was only one surprise: it does actually call for a two-state solution, of sorts. Jus…

If you look carefully and objectively at the world today, you may be able to perceive we are approaching a crossroad. Some will even say we are already in it. And just what is that? The people of this nation and the world are faced at this moment with a decision on what they want for the fut…

Politicians historically do not like answering questions from the press, which, of course, is a necessity — or was until recently — if for no other reason than to provide a mechanism preventing those politicians from suggesting unchallenged, whatever they want. Concerns are more than valid, …

I didn’t know I was lost until I wasn’t. Exiting the woods only about 100 feet from where I entered undeniably meant I was trudging in the precise opposite direction than I thought and the mysterious snowshoe trail I’d crossed 10 minutes earlier was my own. This particular stand of woods is …

One might think the Crusades were a thing of the distant past, over and done with and good riddance. But one would be wrong to think that. As President Trump’s recent assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani demonstrates, Western Christian intervention and bloodshed in the Middle East conti…

Let’s get one simple premise out there to put the Republican defense of Donald J. Trump’s impeachment in perspective: In order to continue their full-throated fortification of the White House, the GOP must believe — or at least pretend to believe — the president was interested in fighting co…

Do you remember the recent hurricane which decimated 1,000 square miles of New England forest and destroyed most of Vermont’s sugar maples? Or the recent wild fires that destroyed nine towns in the state of Maine and scorched more than 200,000 acres? Or the Great New England drought — the wo…

Two facts about Vermont’s criminal justice system were made clear in the final weeks of 2019. First, our state’s justice system is far more dysfunctional, violent and abusive than many Vermonters realized. And second, we have an opportunity, as well as a moral obligation, to subject far fewe…

A post-holiday stampede of GOATS has drawn our attention toward politics, arcane factoids and the National Football League, not necessarily in that order. The acronym for “Greatest of All Time” usually associated with athletes, GOAT has been applied to Serena Williams, LeBron James, Michael …

When it comes to green technology, Vermont has been and continues to be a national leader. Whether it’s the cutting-edge partnership between Tesla and Green Mountain Power to roll out Powerwall batteries across the state — ensuring resilient homes for Vermonters while helping offset the powe…

By the time this essay is published, the current confrontation with Iran may well have escalated even further. But as of this writing there is one troubling development among many that stands out: the report that hundreds of Iranian-Americans were detained, some for ten hours, at the United …

When New York Yankees RHP Don Larsen — who passed away recently at age 90 — pitched the only perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956, I was in elementary school and a huge fan. But our teachers, sadistic old nuns for whom baseball meant nothing, had pitched …

After a decade of federal and state health-care reform efforts, each with its own catch phrase, acronyms and political perspective, there is one area of remarkable agreement. Any approach to increasing quality and decreasing cost is built on a strong foundation of primary care.