spotlight watchdog

It’s outrageous that attorney general T.J. Donovan — the state government’s top lawyer — is refusing to accept a ruling by the Vermont Supreme Court.

Legislative Update


What an extraordinary moment we are living through. Daily, our lives are ever more upended. As one of your elected legislators, I am privileged to witness first-hand heroic efforts – so many are stepping up in profound ways.

Wellness Works

Occasionally, when I am with a client working diligently to lose weight, there comes a time when the scale stops moving just a pound or two before crossing a particularly significant line.

The Forest and the Trees

It was a gray day. I was taking Dandelion, my little dog, out for his morning constitutional. The sky was gray, the lake was gray, the mountains were gray and even the neighbors’ houses were gray.

Vermont Bird Scene

Many of us have found a bird lying on the ground, or on a sidewalk, or in a parking lot and we always want to help. The first thing is to decide if it’s a new fledgling. If it is a baby bird, it’s almost always best to leave it alone. Many bi…

Councilor Corner

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I hope this issue of The Other Paper finds you healthy and safely navigating all the rules and suggestions to avoid coronavirus.

Guest Perspectives

Kittens. This is an experiment to see how many people really care about kittens.

A Space in Time

There is a closet makeover that encourages people to have no more than 30 items in their closet, which makes me think please don’t let that number include socks and underwear! Bumper stickers tout the phrase “Live simply so others may simply …


On nearly every piece of literature produced by Howard Center to raise awareness of its many programs you will find, often printed in a prominent spot, the number 16,000. That is the number of people Howard Center helps every year.

In Musing

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Writing a column during a pandemic is an exercise in doing what’s not important. So much in my life these days pales in comparison to what’s going on in my town, my state, my country and my world. People are truly suffering.

Positive Parenting

The ongoing pressure of being a parent is hard. It is super hard. The choices we as parents and caregivers make now will have an impact on the rest of our children’s lives.

Help is Here

January is a time when many of us think about making changes in our lives. Enrollments at gyms and in diet programs increase as we try to our implement our New Year’s resolutions. For many of us, by February or March we have slipped back into…

Message from the School Board

Each year, our students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment which is a statewide evaluation of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math.

View from the Bench

If you go to the Chittenden Family Court on Thursday mornings, you will see that the docket is busy with relief from abuse cases.

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