Commentary Series

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More than 50 commentators provide perspective and opinion about current events, topics of interest, and often showcase the work of writers and storytellers. The VPR Commentary Series is produced by Betty Smith-Mastaler.

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We all have a duty as citizens to engage in the political process - as I did this winter, when I testified before the state Legislature on behalf of preserving net neutrality.

Theodore Roosevelt called the Presidency “a bully pulpit” – a wonderful platform from which to proclaim policy and influence major events and issues.

I never thought I’d live in an America where small children would be taken from mothers seeking safety in the United States. And I’ve been feeling helpless to stop this cruelty.

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That’s a passage from Intrada, by Ralph Vaughn Williams, performed a few weeks ago by the Northeast Kingdom Community Orchestra.

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2018 has been declared The Year Of The Bird - the one-hundredth anniversary of the landmark agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States to protect the birds that migrate across the continent.

Adrian: Sleepaway Music

May 30, 2018
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I guess it’s not surprising that, like much of my generation, the 1980s left an indelible imprint on how I see the world.

I’ve finally reached that equilibrium we all seek between mind and body. And at my age, I’m proud to be both a Roads Scholar and a Gravel-road Slalom competitor, a sport to which most newcomers can only aspire – since the main qualification is to live year-round at the end of four miles of one of Vermont’s numerous dirt roads.

I didn't know that the current opiate crisis is actually the third such epidemic in our nation’s history. Nor did I know that genetic factors account for between 40 to 60 percent of a person’s vulnerability to addiction - or that Fentanyl and Carfentanyl are making heroin use more dangerous.

The 2018 legislative session will be known as the year that Vermont took an important step towards reducing gun violence.

While scrolling down my Facebook timeline over the long weekend, I noticed statuses, such as “Memorial Day was not made for us” and “this holiday is not really about us” by my friends of color.

Craven: Love Of Country

May 25, 2018

Memorial Day began more than one hundred and fifty years ago, first in the southern United States when families took time in the spring to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers with flowers.

In all my years as a reporter, I was never thrown out of a public meeting.

Close your eyes and imagine Vermont. Now consider this vision the Vermont Brand.

I love watching springtime unfold in the forests and fields of Vermont. Hunting for fiddlehead ferns along the river banks, spotting red and white trillium dotting the forest floor and smelling the air, sweetened by tree blossoms. It reminds me of our connection to nature. And it also reminds me of the work we have to do if we’re to protect our natural environment for future generations.

In today’s brave new world of genome analysis, law enforcement has just used genetic testing to track down a long sought serial killer.

It was no great mystery why the turtle was crossing the road, but who knows why it decided to cross right in front of my bicycle.

A few times a year I take the plunge and buy a handful of lottery tickets, especially when the prize money catches my attention.

I happened to be in Montgomery, Alabama, the day after the opening of the new memorial for the nation’s victims of lynching. It’s called the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

Very soon now, the school year will come to a close, and usher in a season of summer camps, family vacations, and sun-soaked days.

A friend told me where to find ramps along the West River. But even without directions, the smell of these pungent wild onions would have led me to where they grow between the river and the road.

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