The Vermont Health Department has unveiled a new website called “Let’s Talk Cannabis” as the Legislature continues its work on establishing a commercial market for the drug, something expected in the next session. The website is essentially a big, yellow, diamond-shaped warning sign.

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Much is being made regarding this week’s unveiling of a “climate-change simulator” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and think tank Climate Interactive. It poses a series of questions and offers several choices for the reader to pick. When the reader finishes, the simulator shows …

For senior couples who struggle to make ends meet and scratch their heads wondering why, here is some affirmation of that painful puzzle: According to the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging [part of UMass Boston] Vermont’s cost of living outpaces their ability to keep up. Fo…

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About 1 in 4 elderly people will develop dementia. Many of them will be tortured by doctors. I should know: I am one of those doctors.

Vermont has long ranked at the top of the list when it comes to being healthy, one of the key reasons being that those who do the ranking give us high marks for the number of health-related programs we fund, our low crime rate, our low pollution, and high school graduation rates. Together th…

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Hard’ack is arguably the largest legal billboard in Vermont, a visual invitation to the mountain itself and to the community that surrounds it. At long last, we are plumbing its potential, realizing it as an amenity — in the largest sense of the word — that distinguishes greater St. Albans a…

With the advantage of hind-sight, the no-brainer of the decade was the decision by St. Albans Town in 2014 to put in place a one percent local option tax. The tax has generated over $800,000 annually, which has provided the town a war chest from which to pay for whatever it wishes, including…

Why would Michael Bloomberg, worth in excess of $50 billion, and counting, decide to enter the Democratic presidential primary at the last possible moment, with no public support and a winnowed down field with whom the public is just starting to become familiar?

Steve Howard, executive director of the Vermont State Employees Association, is being quoted as saying his 10,000 person union would not add its numbers to OneCare next year. OneCare is the accountable care organization implementing the state’s all-payer health care system.

There is a hole in the middle of Burlington they are trying to fill and are two years behind schedule. There is a scandal-plagued hole in the middle of Newport they are trying to fill. Good luck. And there is a hole in the middle of downtown St. Albans which was created several months ago, a…

Sometimes it’s better not to have a plan. That would be the case for Sen. Elizabeth Warren who felt obligated to match the progressive’s ardor for Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All plan. She has made herself politically vulnerable when there was no need; she could have refrained and kept Mr. …

The truism that you are only as good as the people leading you is being played out in St. Albans Town with selectboard chair Brendan Deso playing the lead. Gone is the weight of past litigation with the City of St. Albans over sewer and water issues. Gone is the negativity that comes with en…

“The state’s accountable care organization produced no evidence of results from some of the community health programs it invested in, according to an analysis from the state auditor’s office.”

Nothing is as nostalgic as the image of the bucolic Vermont countryside, with the freshly painted red barn in the background and the Gothic couple standing, pitchfork in hand, in front of the white clapboard home. The 1940s image could be stamped all over Vermont; the couple’s farm was one o…

Vermont television stations Monday reported that “Vermont has the highest youth obesity rate in New England.” It was part of a state-by-state analysis provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which ranked Vermont 20th overall for youth ages 10-17.

The recent passing of Paul Bruhn, a champion of preservation and community development for more than 40 years, is a blow to the heritage conservation movement. Much like the vacant lots and storefronts in the historic town centers that Paul spent his life defending, his loss has left many of…

The Green Mountain Care Board Wednesday came to Northwestern Medical Center to find out why the hospital was losing money and what it could do to help rural hospitals like ours to survive and to continue to be pivotal players in their communities.

Set aside your political preferences. Blank out the names. Read the words and ask yourself how you would respond if you were in the room.

For Vermonters who share a 40-year history with Bernie Sanders last night’s debate was important in that he looked healthy, he was warm in thanking those who thought of him during his convalescence, and he was able to put to work his wit and humor. For anyone expecting his support to dissipa…

When the Legislature returns in January one of the lingering “objectives” is to figure out how to establish a retail market for the sale of cannabis in Vermont.

It’s a performance Bernie Sanders thought he’d never have to give. Tonight, two week after having suffered a heart attack, he’s going to have to prove to those watching the televised debate, that his health is good enough to be president.

The most demanding job in state government is running the Agency of Human Services, which normally means it’s a one-time experience. Agreeing to serve in the position twice is usually a sign of being unemployable, or being a glutton for punishment.

The push is on, again, to reduce Vermont’s prison population. The goal, as proposed by the American Civil Liberties Union, is to shed another 500 inmates. If successful, the result would be 1,000 fewer inmates since 2009, when 2,200 people in Vermont were behind bars.

One of the persistent complaints in Vermont is the cost of housing, the quality thereof, and the property taxes that come with it. We talk about it. Endlessly. But we don’t do anything about it. Where’s the creative thought?

Members of Vermont’s AFL-CIO changed course mid-September and elected a slated of leaders that has vowed to be more progressive in its politics and less forgiving to those who do not toe their line.

f climate change is the existential threat to the planet that we are told, then the cost to protect us almost seems irrelevant. When its expense is brought up, the $16 trillion - plus, the response should be: “Expensive? Expensive compared to what? Complete destruction?”

If climate change is the existential threat to the planet that we are told, then the cost to protect us almost seems irrelevant. When its expense is brought up, the $16 trillion - plus, the response should be: “Expensive? Expensive compared to what? Complete destruction?”