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Jan. 6, 2021, will forever mark a day of infamy for our nation. It will be remembered because our beloved Capitol building — the very heart of our democracy — was stormed and laid under siege.

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The Legislature convened Jan. 6, still affected in so many ways by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as by events in Washington. Our first three days were taken up with necessary organizational and procedural actions, adopting emergency rules to allow us to meet remotely.

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I sat down at my computer for the beginning of Vermont’s remote legislative session Wednesday and was struck by how unprecedented that was. For the first time, Vermont’s House of Representatives convened a new session virtually. For the first time, new members were sworn in from their homes …

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The most significant event impacting the Legislature this year happened some 1,200 miles away the day before the legislative session started. The election of two Democratic senators in Georgia will change the balance of power in Washington in a powerful way.

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The beginning of a two-year legislative session is always exciting. Newly elected legislators are eager to engage and veteran lawmakers return ready to pursue issues they worked on previously hoping to advance them across the goal line.

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I grew up in Vermont, yet sadly my first holiday memories do not involve heading out into the snowy woods, cheeks aglow and mittens caked with little snowballs, to pick out a likely little pine.

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In many ways the Legislature has never really stopped its work this year. We passed multiple state budgets and, in addition, we allocated federal COVID dollars in numerous ways throughout the year.

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Very few lobbying operations in the Vermont Statehouse are as shrewd, or as successful, as that maintained by the state’s flagship university. When the University of Vermont comes to Montpelier, they invariably lead with jobs, jobs and more jobs. The headline of their current legislative fly…

Rep. Katherine Sims, who represents the voters of Albany, Barton, Craftsbury, Glover, Greensboro, Sheffield and Wheelock will hold office hours on the second Sunday of each month from 3-4 p.m. on Zoom.

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Never in the history of the word “essential” has it been used so frequently to mean so very much and so precious little as it has in 2020. As the year of the “essential worker” finally, mercifully comes to a close, we should take time to examine what that label truly represents.

Last week's storm missed us, but brought enough dry snow to whet appetites for winter. Just south of us, 3 feet or more fell; enough to get into the woods and enjoy the silence of deep snow on a cold December day. Further south, cities stopped.

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house not a teacher was stirring, especially Poor Elijah and me. We’d put each other to sleep discussing standards-based grading while everybody else trimmed the tree.

The University of Vermont is an important part of many people’s story. It’s central to our family as both my spouse and I are graduates of UVM, and our son just completed his first semester. Many of our closest friends are people we met while at UVM. My liberal arts degrees provided me with …

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