Vergennes Chief of Police George Merkel joins us to discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on local law enforcement and the carnage that the epidemic is leaving in its wake.
This week we speak with Lt. Col. Terry Williams about the state of the slate quarries in Vermont, the looming threat of Act 250 and what policies would help Vermont’s historic industry prosper.
This week, Zachary Hampl joins us to discuss the state of the First Amendment, toxic online trolls and the “get-‘em-fired” social media culture in Vermont.
This week we continue our conversation with Pittsford farmer Dave Soulia, who founded the “Repeal Act 250” movement. He discusses the growing grassroots movement to eliminate the 50-year-old Vermont land use law.
Dave Soulia, a farmer from Pittsford, joins us to discuss Vermont’s 50-year-old land use law called Act 250 and its impact on economic development and job growth in the state.
In the final part of our dialogue with Megan, we look at policies under consideration by Vermont legislators — such as safe injection sites and decriminalizing buprenorphine — and discuss whether such measures help or hurt opioid addiction.
This week we continue our dialogue with Megan West, a recovering opioid addict from Sheldon, and learn about the federal crime she committed, and how time in prison put her on the path to recovery and redemption.
Megan West, a 32-year old Sheldon native, became addicted to oxycodone at age 15. Since then, prescription opioids, heroin and crack cocaine have consumed her life.
In the second part of our dialogue with Joyce Hottenstein, a small business owner from Rutland, and Peter Briggs, a dairy farmer from Addison, we look at the demise of association health plans in Vermont and how Vermonters can change the direction of policymaking in our state.
Joyce Hottenstein and Peter Briggs discuss health care sharing ministries and the adversities they face due to the punishing costs of health insurance in Vermont.
Patricia Blair from Bennington was eight months pregnant with twins when an intoxicated driver slammed into her car on Route 7 in 2009. She lost her twins as a result of the horrific accident.
In this week’s Dialogues, Meg Hansen discusses new Vermont legislation about the impending tax-based penalty related to the individual mandate, and the politicization of health insurance in the state.