The Sanders Effect

Listen to my latest VPR commentary by clicking here. Or read it here: There's a lot of chatter these days about whether Bernie Sanders' bid for the Presidency will pull other candidates to the left. Already it's had an effect on Hillary Clinton, who's beginning to...

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A Broken Rubber Band

I grew up tying broken rubber bands together to extend their life. I didn’t get the latest toy. And I got comfortable in hand-me-down clothes. Although we didn’t have much money growing up, I attribute this to my family’s frugality. Vermonters used to be proud of our...

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VPR Commentary: Strong Headwinds

Listen to (or read) my latest commentary: Businesses come and go here, as they do in every other state. In fact, over the last two years, an average of more than ten new businesses were formed every day. So beyond the surface of politics and sound bites, in which...

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VPR Commentary: Culture Change

Listen to (or read) my latest commentary: The Agency of Human Services is in need of major reform. Namely, toward a culture of kindness in the words of the Council on Pathways From Poverty; a team appointed by the Governor to recommend actions that would reduce...

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VPR Commentary: Common Sense

My latest VPR commentary: Election season is essentially over. But this year I’m missing the sense of closure that typically follows. And I’m left with a decidedly unclear sense of “now what?” We had one of the closest gubernatorial elections in our state’s history....

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VPR Commentary: Party Politics

Listen to, or read, my first Vermont Public Radio Commentary.  http://www.tinyurl.com/kalposq "Recently, I bought gas at a small store in Charlotte.  There were three people sitting outside at a patio table, having a lively discussion.  When I finished at the pump and...

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Less than four minutes to make a point

A very brief interview on WCAX TV, in which I describe my experience as a child protection social worker, and call for reforms to the Vermont child welfare system. WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and...

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Vermont Kids Deserve Better

Two children died recently. There is no escaping the conclusion that they were failed by the system. Yet we’ve been told our system has not failed. The discussion around these tragedies has focused on blame. Blaming the social workers that may have been the last...

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House Human Services Testimony April 13

House Human Services Testimony - Rep. Ann Pugh, Chair 4/13/2012 Cyrus Patten President, Vermont Coalition of Residential Programs Director, HowardCenter Comprehensive Care Programs   My thanks to the committee for your time today and for your commitment to...

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