Local democracy in Vermont remains untainted by modernity. In small towns all over the state, people gather in meeting halls, school cafeterias, community centers and churches to hold the annual town meetings on the first Tuesday of March. Every registered voter is welcome; outsiders are not. Except for the clothes people wear, the comfort of central heating and occasional cable TV cameras, these meetings look and sound much as they did 150 years ago.
It was in this public-spiritedness that over 20 towns considered a resolution at this year’s meeting on March 4 to direct their legislators to create a state bank for Vermont. The vote does not have legally binding effects. It is only advisory. But it offers a important indicator of public sentiment on legislation being considered. The bills pending before both houses of the Vermont state legislature would transfer 10 percent of tax dollars to a publicly held agency, VEDA, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, and would give VEDA a banking license. The proposal would completely transform the way state revenues are used to finance public services.
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Today I’m thinking about the 1914 Christmas Day truce, between German and British soldiers. It was a peace, tentatively established between individuals, without the intervention of politicians or Army generals. I am always amazed by the idea of this decision, made in opposing trenches, to see one another as individuals. In contemporary warfare, soldiers are routinely repositioned to make sure that this familiarity between enemies cannot develop. Peace is possible.
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"No man can persuade people to do what he wants them to do unless he genuinely likes people."
-Bruce Fairchild Barton
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