John Vogel

Commentator

John Vogel is a retired professor from the Tuck School of Business. His tenure at Dartmouth began in 1992, where he taught Real Estate and Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector, among other subjects. He was named by the “Business Week Guide” to Business Schools as one of Tuck’s “Outstanding Faculty” members.

According to the latest research, 47% of children entering kindergarten are not ready to learn to read. And there’s a 90% chance that a poor reader at the end of first grade will always be a poor reader. Fortunately, we now have the tools to break this pattern and can do it in a way that would not cost taxpayers in Vermont any money.

Vogel: CLiF And Prisons

May 12, 2015

A recent study concluded that about 85% of children who become juvenile offenders are functionally illiterate. Low literacy rates are particularly high for the children of inmates.

Governor Shumlin recently announced a new plan to end homelessness by 2020. Unfortunately, the plan seems to be getting little traction, perhaps because he introduced a similar, five year plan in 2013, and since then homelessness in Vermont has actually gone up.

Vogel: Nineteen Days

Feb 19, 2015

Next Wednesday, February 25, The Norwich community will gather at the Marion Cross School to celebrate the nineteen days of Norwich.

Vogel: Philanthropy

Nov 10, 2014

Vermonters are caring people. We rank 9th in the country in helping our neighbors as volunteers.

During the holiday season, many of us also make financial donations to our favorite charities. According to Guidestar, which tracks the activities of thousands of nonprofits on its free website, half of the charitable organizations it surveyed receive the majority of their donations from October through December.

On a beautiful October afternoon, horseback riding is a wonderful way to get off the beaten path and observe the fall foliage. But riding a horse is more than a means of transportation, and for people with disabilities horses can be an important part of their therapy.

Hippotherapy, or using horses to help treat patients, originated with the ancient Greeks in the fifth century B.C.E. It was used to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers.

Vogel: Solar Sense

Sep 17, 2014

Solar panels seem to be sprouting up everywhere these days: on roof tops, on walls and even in fields. Between 2008 and 2012 the cost of photovoltaic panels plunged by 77 percent. With these lower costs, many Vermonters wonder if it now makes financial sense for them to install solar panels on their homes.

Chiseled on a three ton rock at the entrance of all four Stew Leonard supermarkets in Connecticut and New York are two rules about how employees should treat their customers.

"RULE NUMBER 1: THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT!

RULE NUMBER 2: IF THE CUSTOMER IS WRONG, SEE RULE NUMBER 1."

There’s a housing crisis in Vermont. According to a recent study, more than a quarter of Vermont renters pay more than 50% of their gross income in rent. Another study indicates that Vermont must build 21,000 affordable housing units just to meet the current need. And most alarming, more and more Vermonters are living in motels and even in their cars.

Given the urgent need, it’s painful to watch when precious housing resources get wasted. And at Safford Commons, a 36 unit affordable housing project in West Woodstock, more than 1.5 million dollars has been needlessly squandered.

For many Vermonters, the worry about running out of food is a monthly problem. Most families living on food stamps (now called the supplemental nutrition assistance program or SNAP) run out of food by the third or fourth week of every month. There are food shelves and other places they can turn to, but their anxiety about getting enough food takes a heavy toll.

Twenty years ago, the Neighborhood Development Corporation of Jamaica Plain built forty affordable homes in Boston. While under construction, more than 1000 people asked for applications. Because we were selling these homes as limited equity cooperatives, NDC held a number of meetings in the neighborhood to educate potential applicants about how limited equity cooperatives work and what would be expected of owners. What surprised everyone was that requiring people to attend a one hour meeting resulted in more than half the families dropping out.

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