One year ago, on Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol — the symbol of the democracy we all cherish — was attacked by a mob intent on overturning the decision of American voters to elect Joseph Biden as their 46th president.

The importance of conscience protection for health care workers, most often in the context of permitting hospital staff to request to be excused from participation in abortions, has broad public support and is endorsed by the Vermont Medical Society.

While this is a fairly somber start to the new year with Omicron cases rising and the end of the pandemic still out of sight, I hope you are finding hope, joy and warmth as we turn the page on 2021.

When my siblings and I were growing up and we did something untoward that got us into trouble my mother would say, “Let that be a lesson to you!”

I’ve always been careful not to label people by their skin color, race and national origin because one never knows how that will be received. BIPOC is a good example of a label not to use.


This year, we have much to be thankful for, though we know at least 406 families did not have a loved one at the Thanksgiving table due to a pandemic-related death.

Sen. Patrick Leahy’s retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2022 and Congressman Welch’s decision to run for his seat bring the opportunity for Vermonters to elect a woman to represent us in Congress for the first time.

With the passage last week of the infrastructure phase of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, Democrats arguably did more to benefit Americans in a single massive investment than the GOP has done in the last 30 years.

Congress has now passed the infrastructure bill and set a course to advance the Build Back Better agenda this coming week.

I have always been confused by Thanksgiving. It turns out, it’s a rather simple concept, albeit backwards. The giving of thanks. Upon reflection, I’ve come to realize why that simplicity has taken so long to prevail.

In these first months of my tenure, we’ve had several equity issues come to light that are very concerning. Upon personal reflection and through conversations with those folks directly affected, I understand that these concerns could have been addressed in a more thoughtful and collegial manner.

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