Op-Ed: Universal Recycling, an Opportunity for Vermont

Op-Ed: Universal Recycling, an Opportunity for Vermont

by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources As I’ve been traveling around the State talking with Vermonters about the new Universal Recycling Law, I have met many impressive individuals on the front lines of implementation.  Trevor Mance, founder of TAM Waste Management, is one example.  Trevor got his start in the solid waste […]

Op Ed: Making Progress in Montpelier

Op Ed: Making Progress in Montpelier

By Governor Peter Shumlin As we head into the second half of this year’s Legislation session, it’s a good time to evaluate the progress that has been made in the two months since the session began. In January, I laid out a number of priorities to keep Vermont moving forward that included cleaning up Lake […]

Op-ed: Difficult Choices

Op-ed: Difficult Choices

by Governor Peter Shumlin Putting together a budget is never an easy task – everyone knows that from personal experience – and it is harder when finances are lean.  But we all do what we need to do to make ends meet. Perhaps we cut back on dinners out, cancel a family vacation or keep […]

Op-Ed: Teaching mindfulness to our children

by Monisha Vasa, M.D. Can we actually teach our children how to be mindful? Or are we just trying to preserve the inherent consciousness that they already seem to have? In other words – is mindfulness truly taught, or is it just “unlearned” over time? I remember watching my children eat when they were four or five […]

Op-Ed: 2014 Election a referendum on failed policies

Good public policy badly executed is not better than bad public policy executed well. The outcome is often the same for Vermont citizens—bad. And, of course, bad ideas executed badly are a special hell for Vermonters. We’ve just re-elected a government that has made bad ideas, bad management, and bad leadership seem ordinary. No whining […]