Since its inception, American democracy has undergone continual transformation. Over the last 245 years many activists and advocates have fought tirelessly to expand the franchise that our democratic ideals depend on: the right to vote.

Lawmakers recently passed a bill that begins the process for a major expansion of state-subsidized child care for children from birth to 5 years old that will be rolled out over the next few years. The new law, crafted and pushed by the special interest group Let’s Grow Kids, could have major negative consequences for children, families and taxpayers.

The Vermont State College System has embraced a revolutionary, systemwide transformation so we can continue serving our students, the economy and the communities that host our vibrant rural campuses.

I’d been looking forward to Tuesday evening for a while. Lorrie and I were meeting her sister and brother-in-law in town for dinner at a new French bistro that was getting a lot of buzz. I had looked a look at the menu online, and it read pretty well. I say pretty well because it appeared that they had taken considerable liberties with many bistro classics. Oh well. The proof is in the pudding.

There are two things I’ve forgotten over the years. The first is that potato beetles will overwinter happily under pine mulch. The second is how much I truly detest picking hundreds of the things off my plants.

What are they so afraid of, anyway? All that critical race theory — which seems to terrify those who organized a recent rally at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland — does is bring things we’ve tried to hide from ourselves into the open.

Three decades ago, I was paying my way through college slinging fajitas for a franchise restaurant, and to this day, I cannot stand the smell of cilantro.

The most corrosive issue today affecting the American Dream is that so many families have had to give up on the idea of ever owning their own home. Affordable housing has all but disappeared in too many places.

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