When people say they love traveling, they think they mean it but I’m sure they don’t. I’m certain they like going different places, but actually getting there? Not a chance, especially if you’re flying, particularly in economy, where, as I’ve suggested before, you’re treated like an inconvenient sack of meat.

We’re approaching the unofficial halfway point of the session, which means we have a lot going on right now in all legislative committees and on the floor of both the House and Senate as we begin the second half of the session.

It’s been in the news a lot recently — Vermont is facing a housing crisis. Vermont’s housing crisis dominates the discussions of hospital recruiters, business boardrooms and dinner tables of residents increasingly struggling to secure and maintain housing.

You all heard the reading of the resolution we just passed in honor of Marshall Webb — so elegantly composed about a person who led such a beautiful, profound, and nurturing life.

During the early months of COVID-19, governors in New England states issued executive orders allowing municipalities to meet online so long as the public could attend remotely. The democratic benefits of this arrangement quickly became evident.

I hope everyone enjoyed another Town Meeting Day reconnecting with neighbors. This week marks the mid-point of the legislative session that we call crossover when the House must get its priority bills over to the Senate and vice versa so both chambers can fully consider the details.

Focus on the facts and science and dial back the emotions is a point often made by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department commissioner and staff when discussing wildlife management issues.

I blame the freezer. It’s provoked cold shoulders, frosty conversations and icy stares all due to our fundamental, irreconcilable difference of opinion of how to use this appliance. It’s a cold war, baby.

With town meeting a week away, we are nearly halfway through the legislative session. The week leading up to town meeting and the week after are extremely busy for legislators as we work to complete important legislation and meet with constituents during town meeting break.

Somewhere along the line, within the last year or so, I’ve begun watching X-Files reruns while Helene is out or otherwise engaged, following the close encounters of FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they wade through the vast gulf of unexplained phenomenon that has forever inundated earthly dreams and nightmares.

At the annual spring retreat in April 2022, the Shelburne Selectboard directed the finance committee to investigate the use of a local option tax to generate additional and diversified sources of revenue to augment the town’s current reliance on property taxes.

Last week, more than 90 state representatives; Democrats, Republicans, Progressives and Independents all signed on as cosponsors of H.208, an act relating to child care and early childhood education.

The CDC’s study shows that teen girls in America are “engulfed in a growing wave of violence and trauma,” according to its chief medical officer, with dramatic increases in online harassment and bullying, sexual assaults, and rapes.

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