Versions of this essay also appeared in VTDigger and the Addison County Independent. As a citizen, I take voting very seriously. The act of voting for me is celebratory, ritualistic, an honor. I have distinct memories of voting and waiting for results from elections, both significant and mundane, throughout my life. I remember going to… Continue reading Take Voting Seriously
The horrific torture and murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and the nationwide protests that it has sparked, has once again laid bare the brutal impact of systemic racism in our country. I know that many of my constituents are scared, angry, or confused, especially as this violence peaks during an already uncertain and stressful time. The combined impact of nationwide unrest and racist violence, a global pandemic that continues to claim lives, and a growing economic crisis, is overwhelming. I also know that many of my constituents want to help, and are showing up for protests, organizing, and supporting the efforts around the country. Your stress, fear, and desire for change are all real, understandable, and admirable. I feel it too.
Today the Vermont Senate passed S.281, my bill that would create a working group to report on the status of libraries in Vermont. Below is an excerpt of the report I gave on the Senate floor about the bill, plus an awesome comic about dinosaurs, politicians, and librarians (really!). I love libraries! I have fond… Continue reading The Status of Libraries Report
Happy Town Meeting Day! First, and most important, please remember to vote! Not only is today a crucial presidential primary, it is also an ever-important local election day. Voters across the Addison District will be electing school and town officials and determining the fate of local initiatives including school building renovations, town hall and library… Continue reading Town Meeting Day Update 2020
We ended our work early at the State House last Friday due to the huge snow storm, but otherwise we're just about one month into the 2020 Legislative Session and it's been nonstop action! We've already sent several important bills to Governor Scott for signature. Unfortunately, he vetoed a bill that would have provided universal paid family leave… Continue reading First Month of 2020 Session