The Rosy Tint of the Past
Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.13.17 AM Corner of Gates and Main: That's White River Junction a loooong time ago. On the Lebanon list the other day, Pat McGovern drew attention
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to a Facebook page I'd never noticed, "You know you grew up in the Upper Valley if..." It's full of history, photographs, musings, memories and odd bits of lore about this place we all live. A word of advice: wait 'til you've got some time to get lost in it. What Good Are the Schools? For over a month on the Mascoma list, there's been a thoughtful conversation about home-schooling, public schools, and education in general. It was touched off by one father's essay about the system's shortcomings in the midst of a school district budget debate. It's since taken on a slow-motion life of its own. You can dive in by reading yesterday's latest post, which will lead you to the others. COVER Needs Volunteers: You'll see this in the digest tomorrow, but just so you don't miss it... COVER's weatherization program needs three volunteers to help out in Wilder on Saturday. Details can be found in this post.

BEYOND THE LISTS

Winter Settles In... One of the odd things about snow, ice, cold, darkness, and the constant threat of losing  electricity is that while they force you to confront what's going on outdoors, they also send a lot of people looking inward. Two responses on local blogs: Vicky Fish's lovely rumination on the kinds of light we find at this time of year; and Sycamore Stories' (she's a transplanted Southerner) on grappling with what the elements throw at us.

But it's not all doom and gloom. A lot of you already know about Lisa Cadow and Lisa Christie's "Book Jam Blog," but in case you haven't checked it for a while and you're now ten days (or, if you're Jewish, between one and eight days) away from needing gifts, their wise book advice for the season is well worth spending some time with.

Life gets harder for single payer. Why wait for the Valley News to pick up the occasional VTDigger.org story when you can just read it yourself? Yesterday, Morgan True dug into a huge trove of emails between the Shumlin administration and Jonathan Gruber, the now-infamous MIT economics professor who's been helping Vermont shape its plans. If you want to know what's headed our way and why, you need to read this. Among other things, True says, "[T]he emails highlight a potential conflict of interest between a contractor and the state, shed insight into how the Shumlin administration is using executive privilege to shield decisions from public view and show that a 2017 launch date for implementation of single payer is in doubt."

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