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- What Killed Michael Brown?
- Proposition 16
- Great Awakenings
- Is Town Meeting Obsolete?
- Town Meeting 2021
- Vermont’s superpower
- Rumble Strip: Town Meeting
- Movie Recommendation
- Town Agents in Cambridge
- The Day After the Election
- Media: Crossfire Hurricane
- Memorial to Secoriea Turner
- Unmasking the cult of Stalin
- Why you should watch “Mr. Jones”
- The Holodomor
- Matters of Race and Class
- A Path to Racial Reconciliation?
- Hamilton: An American Musical
- Lockdown in Vermont
- To wipe or not to wipe?
Introduction to this blog
Author Archives: George Putnam
Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, on August 9, 2014. He was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was black. Darren Wilson is white. The shooting led to widespread protests, some … Continue reading
This post is about California’s Proposition 16 of 2020. (Background information about California’s ballot proposition process may be found here.) Proposition 16 of 2020 (which failed) sought to undo Proposition 209 of 1996 (which passed), so let’s first examine that … Continue reading
Is Town Meeting Obsolete? That was the question of an online debate sponsored by the Moore Free Library of Newfane, Vermont, on March 16, 2021, two weeks after Town Meeting Day. Arguing for the question were: Richard Watts, Ph.D., a … Continue reading
There was no traditional town meeting in my town of Cambridge, Vermont, this year. Like the majority of Vermont towns, we voted all items by Australian ballot because of the pandemic lockdown. In-person voting took place on Town Meeting Day, … Continue reading
The following commentary in VTDigger by Susan Clark on 2/05/2021 is excellent: Vermont’s superpower, revealed: The ability to practice local democracy Susan’s thesis is that: a) civic skills acquired by actively practicing local democracy, especially in Vermont’s town meetings, are … Continue reading
The Rumble Strip podcast by Erica Heilman on 2/05/2021 titled “Town Meeting” is excellent! It is well worth 30 minutes of your time. [Town meeting] is the most civilized and surprising social gathering of the year, every year. [Erica at … Continue reading
This is a good time of year for watching movies. My movie recommendation for 2020 is Hamilton: An American Musical. What a year this has been! Impeachment, covid, lockdowns, George Floyd riots, the 2020 election. Hamilton is an important story … Continue reading
This post is part of a series of posts on “Learning about town government” in my town of Cambridge, Vermont. Please see the link for context, a disclaimer, and a list of posts in this series. The 2019 annual report … Continue reading