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.

The Vermont Legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the second half of the 2019-2020 biennium, and hand-wringing will recommence over whether we dare, in Vermont, raise additional revenue for necessary funding programs by increasing taxes on the wealthy.

As former President George Bush might say, the first two decades of the 21st century are “past history,” presumably meaning that the next 80 years are future history, with none any more important than the one that just began — although a thing or two will certainly pop up down the road. This…

The temptation with bad news, like that of the closing of Green Mountain College, is to sit on one’s hands, paralyzed by structural change beyond immediate local control. The alternative is to come together, line up strategies and do what is in your power to move your community forward. That…

On a long-ago suburban New Jersey winter night, a kid stares out the Buick’s back window at a repetitive landscape of modest single-family homes, many strung with Christmas lights, most of which would be wound into wire wreaths and put away for another year by this time tomorrow. The year, t…

As long as the United States shuns public financing of our presidential elections, there will be billionaires using the advantages of their wealth and connections to outspend their rivals — chiefly in the party primaries — to try to win for themselves the plum of the U.S. presidency.

When I moved my family to Vermont 43 years ago to practice pediatrics in Randolph, the local elementary school needed major upgrades. We were assured a new school would be built and open by the time our children reached first grade. It was a significant factor for us in making our decision t…

While global cultures celebrate the return of light around the winter solstice with a multitude of metaphorical and symbolic festivities, the Republican Party, like bats and vampires, joyously seeks out darkness in an ongoing effort to protect Donald Trump, retain their hold on power and con…

The promise of Career and Technical Education in our state is that we will train high school students for success in high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. The McLure Foundation projects 18,600 such jobs, which are attainable by CTE grads, will become available in Vermont in the next 10…

During a prolonged and intense campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, candidates like Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have targeted industries dominated by a small number of powerful corporations that hold outsized influenc…

Here we are again in the season of miracles, when we celebrate the virgin birth, the eight days of light from one day of fuel, the return of the sun! Miracles can be especially dramatic when they begin as looming catastrophes and then suddenly turn for the good. More importantly, miracles ne…

It’s extremely winter-like, considering the temperature is barely below freezing and there’s only a couple of inches of snow covering the ground in most places. It’s early afternoon, and a biting wind, gusting in the 30 to 40 mph range, churns foamy whitecaps across the surface of the lake, …

Noted naturalist David Attenborough recently addressed the UN Climate Change Summit in Poland warning the world that, “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. ... If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civ…

Air Force One was all gassed up and ready to go. And it was easy to understand why: The personal transport vehicle that ferries the president of the United States was parked in enemy territory, having borne the commander in chief to a vipers’ nest filled with mortal enemies. A quick getaway …

Well, it’s that magical time of year again, the slog between Thanksgiving and Christmas where people — particularly baby boomers — wonder why everything seems so ridiculous when it’s supposed to be either festive fun or mystically religious.

Poor Elijah’s niece drops by periodically to discuss education issues. The only thing they agree about is they both teach for a living. As far as she’s concerned, he’s a relic of the pedagogical Jurassic Age. He regards her as a visitor from a brave new education world that’s rarely brave or new.

Almost lost amid the mind-boggling shuffle of Executive Branch malfeasance recently was the exposure of senior presidential adviser and prince of Trumpian darkness, Stephen Miller, as pretty much everything we ever thought he was, right from the beginning of the reign of terror that continue…

A popular commitment among candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president is a declaration of the year in which the United States must be made to achieve “net-zero carbon dioxide emissions.” Joe Biden vowed to get us there by 2050. Andrew Yang bid 2049, and Corey Booker offered 2…

Several years ago — 10 or 12 years would be about right — a central Vermont journalist was returning home after working late on a bitterly, jarringly cold winter night. It was a little past midnight when he drove through Barre and saw, in the lighted, recessed doorway of a downtown store, a …