When it comes to eating local, the very definition of “local” is changing. Movers and shakers in the local food movement are reframing the concept of local food from being strictly about mileage to one that incorporates a set of implied values — like how the workers or animals were treated, and land stewardship.
The consultant hired by the Vermont Legislature to advise lawmakers on health care reform has developed a concept that differs significantly from the single-payer plan now being pursued by the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.
The consultant, Ken Thorpe, a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., has suggested that Vermont finance its effort to help pay for health care by relying on insurance premiums, subsidized mostly by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act, but also by state government.
It’s only three and a half pages long. And it’s much more of a conceptual outline than a fully formed plan. But a March 24 memo, authored by a policy analyst hired by the Legislature earlier this year, shows that at least some lawmakers are already considering alternatives to the single-payer proposal Gov. Peter Shumlin will drop on their desks next year.
In Putney, the Greenwood School has been educating boys with significant learning differences since 1978. And for most of those years, the boarding school has maintained a tradition of teaching their students to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Lincoln delivered the speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield more than 150 years ago. But the speech and the act of reciting it in a formal hall to hundreds of assembled adults has real significance to Greenwood’s modern-day students.
The long-awaited spring has arrived. And for herpetologists, it’s like baseball’s opening day.
Snakes, salamanders, toads, turtles and frogs are either on the move or about to venture out from their winter hiding places. Choruses of critters will soon be in full voice, and we’ll all be reveling in the songs of peepers.