Help is Here: Mental illness cuts across all cultural divides, communities

TUIPATE MUBIAY Talking about mental health is often regarded as a difficult conversation, whether it’s while we’re gathered around the family dinner table or visiting with our friends, colleagues or community members. Our society often views mental health illness as threatening and uncomfortable. As a direct consequence of our attitudes, people who experience mental health… Read More »

Viewpoint: An existential crisis

WILL PATTEN It feels like Vermont is facing an existential crisis. Can our 250 small towns survive a world that is managed by algorithms and spreadsheets? These small communities are the heart and soul of our state. Can we still afford them? I think the answer is an emphatic “Yes” if we have the courage… Read More »

In Musing: Her name is Diana

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY “In-laws.” Ever notice how terribly close the word is to “outlaw?” Merriam Webster says it was first used in 1894, the same year as “bread-mold” and “hangover.” But alas, the denigration of in-laws seems to center around mothers. Whether Henny Youngman one-liners like, “Just got back from a pleasure trip; I took… Read More »

View from the Bench: How pro bono works

SUZANNE BROWN After 32 years as a practicing attorney handling various family issues, I now sit “behind the bench” serving as one of the two Chittenden Superior Court Assistant Judges. Thank you for electing me to this four-year term position. Family Court is a very busy court. I’m sure that you may have friends or… Read More »

In Musing: Pieces of light – a reflection

By CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY As Mother’s Day approaches, I look, once again, in two directions. In front of me, I see my grown daughter, while easily conjuring her as a child with an impish smile, wispy hair and a vocabulary that kept me on my toes. Looking behind, in my mind’s eye, I see my… Read More »

Dog Bite Prevention Week tips for owners

Dog bites post a serious health risk to people, communities, and society as a whole. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 800,000 people receive medical care for dog bites and over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Further, over half of those bitten are children. Between 2012-16, 550 children… Read More »