The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and a department within it, Fish & Wildlife, have recently proposed to allow riders of all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs) access to trails that are on the state’s wildlife management areas, lands that have strict development restrictions and are supposed to be managed with wildness as the guide. The Agency has … Read more
The problem with being a middle-aged activist is that you start to realize you’re facing the same issues, time and time again. Nothing ever seems to go away, no matter how ridiculous the notion. Take, for example, the renewed push by the motorized-leisure crowd – this time the all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) folks – to gain access … Read more
I vote in a tiny rural town. And even though everyone knows everyone, we go through the official routines of voting: State your name on the way in and state your name on the way out to the town’s older women who take running the polls very, very seriously. I’m usually voting alone, making the … Read more
The Vermont Insider’s Guide to Fucking Up with Impunity By Alex MacLean* Rule #1: Work for the governor. Rule #2: When not working for the governor, work for a corporate project that the governor has made a top priority. Rule #3: When you make a mess of your corporate work, get a job with a … Read more
Flaying about the barn, swatting for horse flies. I will study their patterns. I will find their homes. I will understand their needs. And then I will kill them. Each and every one of them if I can.
My friend, Boots Wardinski, got a reprimand and threat of expulsion from the Capital City Farmers’ Market (Montpelier, VT) last week after asking the board to address an apparent violation of its bylaws. Specifically, the market is supposed to have “at least” 60% of its vendors be classified as “agricultural producers.” Boots, a vendor of … Read more
I’m signing the petition that is currently circulating in Walden, Vermont that calls for a reconsideration of the school’s budget vote that passed by a very narrow margin of 116-113 on Town Meeting Day. Frankly, I am not all that upset with the budget itself – but that could be because after last year’s initially … Read more
Walden, Vermont will be celebrating Town Meeting Day tomorrow by considering a proposal that would seriously undermine democratic participation: raising the percentage of voters needed to reconsider a vote from 5% to 20%. It’s clearly a kindergarten-like payback for the school budget fights last year, where upwards of 65% of the voters said “no, no, … Read more