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A version of this story appears in the Feb. 16, 2012, edition of the Rutland County Express.

“For a state with so many hills, Vermont is pretty flat.”

This sentiment was expressed by a colleague of mine recently after a visit to the Vermont State House in Montpelier. And while this realization is nothing new, a day spent wandering the halls of our state government really drives it home.

At a time when the average citizen feels increasingly powerless — at the mercy of governments, corporations, banks, churches and other institutions that seem more concerned with self-preservation than with the public good — it is refreshing (and comforting) to know that Vermont’s government is still accessible, democratic and equitable.

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Cassandra Hotaling Hahn / photo

Originally published in the Rutland County Express on Oct. 27, 2011.

Much has been made of Gov. Shumlin’s recent dropping of the “RutVegas” bomb. While some people have expressed displeasure — even verging on offense — I am unfazed. (OK, maybe I’m a little fazed, but not for the reasons that typical Rutland cranks are).

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