I am honored to once again serve South Burlington in the Vermont Statehouse and I thank the voters of the Chittenden-12 district for their support. This biennium, I will be taking on additional responsibilities as the chair of the House Committee on Judiciary.

With 25 percent of all Vermonters living in Chittenden County, we urgently need to update our thinking about how we plan for population growth, more housing, commercial development and work locations in light of the climate crisis already upon us, impacting our daily lives.

In her Jan. 19 column, Rep. Kate Nugent indicates that she may have an open mind on the Scott administration’s plan to deprive retired state employees of their Medicare coverage, replacing it with a so-called Medicare Advantage plan.

I am running for city council to serve you and our city. Key issues I will work on include the economy, jobs, affordable housing, a healthy and safe environment for our children and their learning, climate change, protecting remaining open space and racial and class justice.

Two years ago, South Burlington voters responded to my offer to serve our community by electing me to the district’s board of school directors.

I was happy to see the announcement in The Other Paper by Andrew Chalnick that he is running for city council. His training, experience and temperament make him a first-rate choice for the work of the council.

The Republicans’ speaker balloting was a response to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top-down legislative control where bills bypassed the committee process and Republicans were rarely allowed input.

Those of us who’ve descended upon Vermont for myriad reasons over the last half-century, I can safely attest, were not anticipating cold, wet and uncomfortable winters. We could have relocated to the Pacific Northwest for that.

In a recent The Other Paper, a resident shared several good points on ways to build more housing and still protect the environment. I’d like to add some thoughts to this conversation.

Someone really hurt my feelings. I felt crushed, adrift in a sea of disbelief and sorrow. Yes, that sounds like an angsty episode of “The Gilmore Girls,” but surely, I can’t be the only one who suffers when disparaged.

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