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One of the public policy issues of our time is looking ahead to see how we can rejigger our educational system to adjust to the expected impact automation will have on the workforce. The warning is that if we don’t adjust we will run headlong into a future of greater income inequality, less …

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So we had a baby shower for my younger daughter yesterday. I was all prepared with a booklet on Infant Care I thought I’d share since it was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (I don’t think they intended any pun here) in 1914. I guess that was about in time for my grandmother to have be…

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In this last month of the year (and the last year of the decade!), it’s time for our annual favorites list. Milton Public Library staff chose these as their favorite books read in 2019.

Ever since the passage of Act 60 in 1997 and Act 68 in 2003, Vermonters have been perpetually frustrated with our education financing system. And for good reasons. Vermont has the second highest property tax burden in the nation. Marry that with a declining student population and wild inequa…

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The topic of health care consolidation – or, the coming together of hospitals, doctors and other types of providers – has been in the news quite a bit recently. In fact, early last month, the Health Reform Oversight Committee of the Vermont Legislature heard from a Stanford University econom…

My mother used to say that anyone who liked to read couldn’t clear out an attic. That says more about the things people stored in their attics than about the actual cleaning of them, I think. I have found some good books stuck away in attics and storerooms, some of which I put there. This we…

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Earlier this week the Vermont Tax Commissioner sent out the annual letter from the administration to state legislative leaders recommending rates for the FY 2020/2021 homestead property tax and the non-homestead rate.

It’s that time of year again. Beyond the turkey and fixings, it’s time to take stock of what we’re thankful for. I couldn’t be more thankful for our beautiful town and the wonderful people in it. Here at the Town Offices I’m very grateful for our hard working staff and all of the things we a…

In the early 1800s, British poet and humorist Thomas Hood wrote, at the end of a wry piece called “No!”, “No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” It is all kind of true around here, too. It is definitely a season of fading color, …

Recently, there have been conversations at library conferences about the recognition of heritage and history months, including African American History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May, and Native American Heritage Month in November. Some…

Well, it rained. Then it rained. After that it rained. My son-in-law was dispatched to buy umbrellas before trick-or-treat time. He returned with three of them (and pizza) in time to watch the three-year-old get gussied up as a baby tiger. Then they were off, juggling everything they had bef…

The Milton Craft Committee Inc. would like to thank the community for making last Saturday’s 43rd Annual Milton Pre-Christmas Craft Show an enormous success. We had a great crowd from the moment we opened, with many folks starting their holiday shopping with local handmade crafts. The MFCC F…

My apologies for my absence last week – I was having computer issues and have become dependent on the darn thing! Hope your Hallowe’en was a good one.

Winter is coming. But we’re not letting these last fall days go unappreciated.

The Town of Milton Recreation Department would like to thank the 1,500+ community members who attended Milton’s Trunk or Treat event on Fri, October 25 in Bombardier Park West! A very special thank you to co-sponsors, Milton PTA plus the amazing businesses, organizations, judges, Milton Publ…

I’ve previously written about how our unfunded pension liabilities are Vermont’s sleeping giant. We owe our state employees and teachers about $4.5 billion more than we have in the bank. We’ve seen two credit-rating downgrades in one year. Our “funded ratio” (the ratio of assets to liabiliti…

This article is the third in a series to provide the Milton community with an understanding of ‘The What’, ‘The Why’ and ‘The How’ for the MTSD implementation of Restorative Practices.

It’s that time of year when there are various effigies all over the place to scare, to celebrate, to let the adult kid out to play. I remember when a pumpkin face was as far as we’d go, an evening set aside with Dad for opening, scooping, discussing various faces. Dad did all the cutting, th…

Detective series have become popular in adult fiction literature. Characters like Joe Gunther, Armand Gamache, and Eve Dallas seem to take on real-life personas to their fans. Milton library patrons who’ve completed one series often ask for recommendations of another. So, this month’s Book B…

One autumn afternoon when I returned from college classes to the farm, Gram greeted me in her oldest clothes and asked me go put on some old clothes myself. I donned old jeans, which were my studio clothes and no doubt paint-spattered. She said we were going to clean the chimney and that was…

I read with great interest the letter from Kristen Cameron in the Milton Independent October 10, 2019. While some of her writing was accurate, much of it was not. I guess the easy way to set things straight is to pick it apart by paragraph.

There has probably never been a time when most schools had enough cash to do everything that was needed or wanted. I imagine that traditional apple for the teacher was often a welcome addition to her or his diet when they didn’t earn much. Or perhaps they were boarding around and one househo…

Many Vermonters love to hike, especially in the fall. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of our state. It is also a chance to spend time with our dogs. What some Vermonters do not know is that there are hidden dangers in the woods: baited leghold and body-crushing kill traps.

With all the news headlines that could have been printed last week (or any other week for that matter), the Milton Independent chose the headline “QUEENS OF THE LIBRARY”. Do you really believe that the majority of folks in Milton think this whole “story hour with drag queens” is a wonderful,…

The public library of the 21st century is a community center offering resources and services beyond books.  Of course, books are still a cornerstone of our mission, and we have them for adults, young adults, and children in print, large print, and audio editions.

We are two thirds of the way through with 6 more weeks to go of the scheduled legislative session this year.

The current MTSD proposed school budget offers a balance of smart investment in our priority areas of educational instruction, proactive maintenance of our infrastructure, restructuring our administrative structure to be more effective and efficient, and fiscal responsibility for the future.…

After a week off for town meeting day break, we were back in Montpelier leading up to crossover. Crossover happens once a year in the Legislature when the deadline for bills, except for money bills, have to be passed out of committee and head to the floor for a House or Senate vote. These bi…

The Milton community is so fortunate to have Susan Larson as their Milton Public Library Director. Although I am in Florida for the winter, I saw her Book Bits titled ‘Am I a racist’ posted  2/14/19 in the Milton Independent. I ordered the referenced book ‘White Fragility’ and completed read…

I am somewhat bemused when I go to write, since I keep Mark Twain’s words of warning to writers in mind. “The people of New England are patient …but … some things they will not stand. Every year they kill a lot of poets for writing about ‘Beautiful Spring.’ ” I’m not exactly sure I could man…

When someone comes to the desk asking for science fiction recommendations, I rattle off the names of the classic writers, like Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, or Ursula K. Le Guin.  The response is usually, “I’ve already read those.”  

I’m reading a book that makes me uncomfortable.

February’s here again – with it’s usual associations. Naturally each of us has his or her own associations; I have a friend who never loses the chance to remind us that there are two “Rs” in February and we should pronounce them both. Sara Coleridge stated that “February brings the rain / Th…

When I started at the Indy in September 2009, I was 22, fresh out of college, without a gray hair to my name. This was my first job in journalism, a craft I discovered in high school after reading “All the President’s Men.” I imagined myself the next Woodward or Bernstein, chasing down the s…

Here we are at the beginning of our longest month. The calendar says, of course, that it’s the shortest, but let us not fool ourselves. There are short days and long evenings to while away one way or another, and always have been. There are only so many cookies or batches of popcorn you can …

Grampy used to tell a story involving a hired man who was working for board and room and a little cash on the side. Board included three square meals – meat, potatoes, whatever vegetables were coming along in the garden. Apparently too many vegetables to suit him, because long about Septembe…

So some of you know I was in the hospital last week, which is why I wasn’t here. I thought I should just let everyone know – two or three years ago I had folks checking the obituaries when I ended up in hospital care. Don’t look in the obits – here I am. Home. I had a concussion from falling…

The tax rate would increase 2 cents based on zero grand list growth and the likelihood of another downgrade in value of the Green Mountain Power hydro dams. If passed, the town portion of your property taxes on a $250,000 home would increase annually by $53. We have important and competing p…

Dad’s birthday was Saturday – he’s 94. I remember a kid at school when I was volunteering telling me, very seriously, “My grandfather is 90. And he’s not even dead or anything.” Neither is Dad, and though he is sometimes very lame, his thoughts are still nimble, and if you all would just lis…