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 Montgomery voters are being asked to vote to approve an $18 million dollar (figure in literature) Bond on July 7, 2020 for the construction of "Streetscape" in the Center and Village, and at last evenings Zoom meeting learned there are three sewage disposal systems, two in the Center and on…

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Folks - I heartily agree with the statement: “All art is propaganda!”  I consider my own work to be propaganda (and I slyly add “On the side of the angels.”  By the way, the quote above is from one of my most respected authors, George Orwell.   

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President Trump said "the cupboards were bare" of ppe and ventilators when he took office, but they were bare three years into his administration. When asked about this he blamed Russian Gate, Ukraine Gate, and the impeachment, which is hogwash since there were adequate government resources …

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This week in the virtual Statehouse has seen a whirlwind of proposals to spend Coronavirus Relief Funds, and like the weather in Vermont, if you didn’t like one, wait a minute and a new one was proposed…Nearly four weeks ago, the Administration put forth a $400 million Relief package, with m…

Wake up America." The term "  Black Lives" Matter" itself is Racist.  We all should know "All Lives Matter".  This topic should be forgotten. This Racist subject has caused protests and create robbery, robbery injuries and million of doors.  Check the following statistics:

It continues to be a busy time not only in the Vermont House, but working on the Planning Commission and on related Covid issues for my fellow constituents in St. Albans. As we attempt to finish up legislative business before June 30th we have passed some significant bills in an effort to as…

This family’s lawyer filed a motion to suspend or modify a noncustodial parent/child contact visit to the state of Florida for the summer due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s order for non essential travel. It was denied by Judge Howard E VanBenthuysen, Superior Court Judge in Fra…

Folks - I just called Senator Sander’s office to urge him to get back in the race. 1-800 339 9834.  I believe this is far from a fantasy!  The events of the last weeks have shown a new, militant consciousness emerging among the electorate, and Joe Biden just won’t do as a transformative cand…

 As I have received multiple questions lately concerning police policies, I wanted to take a moment and share some thoughts.  Instead of focusing solely on policies, perhaps a better thing to focus on is the type of culture a police agency has.  Culture, not just the organization’s policies,…

One way that we can show respect on  Memorial Days and all other remembrances for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice is by wearing a mask. We can show respect for the 952 Vermonters who have tested positive for the virus and for the 54 who have died. We can also show respect for the…

Two weeks ago, the governor announced a $400 million package to help Vermonters recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This package is now in the possession of the legislature. It is my hope that it can be worked on and passed in relatively short time. This package is designed to …

Two years ago, I filed the necessary paperwork to become a candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives. In the following months, I made my way around our community knocking on thousands of doors and having important conversations with so many of you about the serious issues we face as…

A year from now Vermont state government will almost certainly look quite a bit different than it does now. We will hopefully have worked through much of the economic destruction of the COVID- 19 pandemic. State government will have pocketed and allocated $1.25 billion in Federal funds to cu…

Communist China has a history of experimenting with contagious viruses. In 2013 scientists at the Harbin China Veterinary Research Institute produced a new virus by combining the HSN1 bird-flu with a 2009 H1N1 flu virus, and the resultant virus was highly contagious among humans. In 2019 the…

On May 30, we in the US traditionally celebrated Decoration Day, (or Memorial Day as we now call it), and I can recall spending time decorating graves in the local cemeteries with my family and scout troops, as well as participating in parades to honor those who served our nation and didn’t …

Last week I filed my paperwork to run for another term serving St. Albans in the House of Representatives. We all know that 2020 is a very important election at all levels of government, but COVID-19 has made the stakes even higher on the state and local level. I'm proud to serve our communi…

In 2002 the state of Vermont experienced a significant recession and the impact on the state’s economy was felt in all sectors.  I had just been elected to the legislature and it was inspiring to see so many parts of state government work together with the state legislature to get Vermonters…

Kudos to the BFA boosters for placing congratulation 2020 graduate signs on the lawn of every graduate. It is exciting to drive around Franklin County and see all the signs. Thanks for making their graduation special.

 There is such a thing as hearing the Sound of Freedom-today-Friday, May 22nd in the afternoon I definitely heard this sound. While standing in the Missisquoi River hoping to catch one of the large stocked rainbow trout, two F-35 National Guard jets came cruising over head in a salute to tho…

The family of Wendy Elenor (Casavant) Lambert wishes to offer public thanks to all who’ve given us comfort in the wake of her sudden death in a hit-and-run accident on April 30, 2020. Though the pandemic prevents us from gathering together in our grief to honor her with a proper funeral, we’…

Folks - I just caught Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman in an interview about his book “Arguing With Zombies” where he puts the lie to all the right-wing-austerity-unaffordable nonsense in terms of  the Federal budget - something Vermont’s zombie  Governor swears by.  Very strangely, and I …

A good friend, from a small town in Vermont, wrote me the following: “Here half the population is griping that the other half of the population won't wear a mask. The non-mask wearers are griping that their fellow citizens want to strip them of their constitutional rights.” As a retired phys…

Last week the Vermont House  approved the second  reading of H.953, the Supplemental Budget Adjustment Act. This bill will balance the Vermont 2020 budget. Money committee members in the Vermont Legislature have long been committed to balancing the budget each year before they adjourn, but t…

Vermont has flattened the curve significantly in our fight against Covid-19. It is no surprise that we have seen fewer cases and even fewer deaths over the last few weeks, and I attribute this to Governor Scott and his team’s hard work and precautions. Now we are ready as a state to open bac…

As Vermont slowly re-opens, we legislators are taking up many bills to help our state adapt to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. On most of these efforts, members of all parties in the House and Senate have worked with the Governor to get the work done and protect Vermonters health as well …

Recent reports, by Vermont legislative chief economists found the state could lose out on $430 million in tax revenue next fiscal year due to Covid-19. It is also projected the state will bring in $146 million less in the final months of the current fiscal year and that doesn't include anoth…

As our public health paradigm shifts with the emergence of Covid-19, many Vermonters are experiencing loss---of connection, of livelihood, of basic necessities, and some have lost loved ones. We are living with uncertainty. The road forward must be paved with time for grieving, resources for…

  It’s too early to have a clear picture of how Vermont should allocate the $1.25 billion it received last week from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. But a fully funded, fully functioning public education system has to be a top priority.

 Open Letter to Vermont Governor Phil Scott from a concerned educator; Gov. Phil Scott any chance we can rethink this closing of schools since science now shows it should be safe according to scientific studies discussed in this article “Experts fail to find a single case of children passing…

Our world has certainly changed over the past month and a half. There is no doubt that the Covid-19 virus has dramatically affected our way of life. The past six weeks have felt like six months. We have learned a lot about the virus yet have so much more to learn. The mortality rate appears …

What a whirlwind of a week for lawmakers in the Vermont State Legislature. In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis we received word that the Vermont State Colleges were planning on closing three campuses across the state, mostly in rural areas. After an outpouring of many emails, phone calls, an…

I wanted to give a shout out to Stones Irving Station in St. Albans for taking serious steps in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. I’ve been to numerous stations and no one around has taken the steps these folks have!

 Wanted to take a moment to recognize the amazing first responders and healthcare professionals in our community. I have always known that we are fortunate to have a good local hospital and affiliated providers, as well as a great ambulance service. But in this time of COVID-19, I feel compe…

I recently found out that most American college students will not be given support from the stimulus bill because they are claimed as dependents by their parents. I am a student who works as a nanny to support myself, and I am obviously not working that job anymore. Most college students are…

First, a little history. 2008 saw the worst financial crisis in this country since the Great Depression. In response to the economic devastation, congress enacted the Troubled Asset Relief Program to bail out America’s big banks. To the tune of $700 billion. Today, with the coronavirus pande…

Last week the state of Vermont, feeling the pressure of the stagnant economy and backlogs of unemployment claims, saw some progress in getting Vermonters back to work. On Friday at a press conference Governor Phil Scott announced that the state is ready to make “small steps” to reopening the…

This letter is to clarify the purpose and workings of the Economic Stimulus Payment coming from the federal government. If lots of numbers and technical language snares your thinking, skip to the last paragraph.  And don’t worry, this payment is a good thing.  

Your column about teachers was focused on just the students. If you prefer that angle, please remember that the parents and their students are struggling with the change as well. Most parents and students need the Spring break. They have all worked hard to get their heads wrapped around the …

Late last night I was scrolling through social media and stumbled upon a post by our Governor that will forever be, at least in my mind, the highlight of the government's response during the COVID pandemic.  Governor Scott took to Facebook to thank Treasurer Pearce and her team for coming in…

Friday we heard the devastating news from the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, Jeb Spaulding, that the State College Board of Trustees on Monday will likely recommend to close 3 college campuses in the Northeast Kingdom: Johnson, Lyndon and Vermont Tech.  Apparently, this historic d…

The world seems to be going, you know where, in a hand basket.  Listening to the dangerous hog-wash coming out of the Oval Office, it’s easy to write off the human race as being irremediable judging from some of our leaders.

Bravo!  Bravo!  Your editorial dated Monday April 13, 2020 was spot on.  It articulated perfectly why I never belonged to the VEA/NEA.  I can now add this to a long list of reasons why.

Earlier this week the Vermont State Legislature received an updated fiscal note from our Joint Fiscal Office. This note updated the Legislature on our Fiscal Year 2020 budget, the upcoming 2021 budget, as well as some federal funds that should be coming to Vermont in the near future.