Motel housing and short-term programs are not the long-term solution to Vermont’s critical shortage of stable housing and supportive housing. Housing is. But the next step is to provide a bridge to permanent housing rather than a cliff to homelessness.
The rehabilitation medicine specialty is almost nonexistent in Vermont. UVM has four specialists, down from six. Dartmouth has one, the same token number it’s had for decades. There are a handful of us in private practice.
Congress also effectively outlawed strike activity in the rail sector for this contract cycle. Thus the betrayal of labor falls on the Democrats. This is a huge win for the billionaire railroad owners, CEOs, investors, and the capitalist ruling class of the USA.
What’s on offer is tantamount to a 50-year fire sale of New England’s Great River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should walk away now, rather than fail the ravaged Connecticut River once again in the public’s name.
Charges that patients see bear very little resemblance to the actual cost of delivering a specific service. For too long, we have allowed health care institutions to conflate charges with costs. This has resulted in the current health care financial environment.
If somebody pays $348,000 for a property listed at $250,000, along with other similar sales over time, everybody living around them will see their property values go up.
Instead of dealing with the problem head-on, the state plans to pay millions to a private company to retrofit a B&B on a remote dirt road to serve six 12- to 17-year-old males, and then spend millions more each year to have that private company run the facility.
Soviet leaders tried to use starvation to suppress Ukrainian independence and prevent rebellions by farmers who resisted takeover of their farms and livestock by the Soviet government. Between 3.5 million and 7 million people died.
Unless we as a society are willing to force change on all of the “players” and redirect resources, then primary care will become a thing of the past.
Among other steps, we call on Vermont lawmakers to legalize public cannabis consumption anywhere tobacco is allowed, like New York state, and to allow non-homeowners, such as renters, to consume, possess and grow cannabis unless their landlord or property owner specifically prohibits it.