The Race to the Bottom

Specialty Filaments (SFI) in Middlebury is closing it’s doors — 175 workers, with good wages and benefits will be out on the street. Capital Resource Parters (CRP) are the venture capitalists who purchased the business a few years ago. They seem to have completely washed their hands of SFI and…

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TRANSITION AGE YOUTH

Among the myriad reports coming to the Legislature this month are several related to the needs of “transition age youth.” Although usually applied to young people who have been in state custody and “age out” of foster care, the term is also used in reference to those with developmental disabilities…

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Money and Politics

It’s hard to imagine an issue that’s more important than ending the war in Iraq.  My own feeling is that every Vermonter should call, write and e-mail our Congressional delegation every day until it ends.  They must all feel the combined frustration and anger of every American opposed to that…

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No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was one of the earliest examples of the Bush administration’s genius for naming acts in a fashion that betray their impact. The patriot act is another such gem. At any rate, there is now a bill in the Legislature (S.16 introduced by Sens. Ayer, Giard…

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Blog Beginnings

I haven’t spent much time on – or is it in – blogs. I have spent plenty of time in living rooms, town halls and other spaces talking with and listening to Vermonters. It’s time consuming, but always interesting and usually rewarding and important. The kind of conversations that build…

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