I look at the issue of policing and public safety from a different perspective, one rooted in traditional Vermont thrift. Does the greater Burlington area, from Milton to Richmond and Charlotte really need ten police, fire and rescue departments?
The integrity of a charitable gift can be hard to assess.
Inspired by the inaugural run of the new Burlington-New York Amtrak service in July, the author reconstructs his first trip from Waterbury to New York City’s Penn Station when he was 8 years old.
Crime is nourished by untreated mental health, poverty, hunger, substance abuse, and a tidal wave of available guns and unwanted children. What if we addressed the elements that feed crime, instead of just locking up offenders?
We must make choices about what matters in our society. Population health encompasses almost all aspects of the social safety net. If health care is to aim for population health, it must start with support services in the communities being served.
There’s rampant hypocrisy in using religion to enhance privilege, power and profit to engineer a white Christian theocracy in America, in direct contravention both of the Constitution and the most basic tenets of Christianity.
Artificial intelligence holds promise in many areas, but if it’s designed solely to wring human costs out of business enterprise and gather personal data to be remarketed at a profit, it will not serve humanity well.
We have the opportunity to do more with what we have rather than to build costly new infrastructure. We have the native skills to adapt to new opportunities. We just need the leadership and imagination to realize the opportunities in front of us.
Count the number of people in our emergency rooms, homeless shelters and prisons. That will give you an idea of how well we are managing our complex systems.
With Roe gone, states will have more control over women’s bodies than a woman herself. Would men tolerate this?
UVM Health Network’s role is in question; health care system is fragmented; state leadership is missing. Who’s looking out for Vermonters’ well-being?
Vermonters of all faiths owe a great deal to the many orders of nuns who have been an important part of the fabric of our state.
Should politics be a commitment to community service and well-being, or to the personal accretion of power and wealth? We see this ambiguity playing out daily in the politics of our country and of Vermont.
We need to rethink our school systems, with a focus on the role they play in the well-being of our small towns and how they prepare succeeding generations for a complex and ever-changing world.