Author Archives: George Putnam

Dana Sweet Wins Marvin Award

Dana Sweet is the recipient of the 2018 Jim Marvin Award Recognizing Excellence in Community Service. Congratulations, Dana! This award is well deserved. Dana is serving in his 30th year on the selectboard for the town of Cambridge and is … Continue reading

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Penalty for filing a tax form late

Consider a thought experiment. Suppose that you have lived in my town of Cambridge, Vermont, for many years in a house you own. One year your property tax bill from the town includes a new item: “penalty for late filed … Continue reading

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Tweets from Kanye West

Kanye West said something interesting on Twitter this past week: I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought. … I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself. That … Continue reading

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Town Meeting Day 2018

Town meeting day in Vermont is the first Tuesday in March. Town meeting in my town of Cambridge was better this year than last year, and much of the credit is due to the Community Engagement Team (CET) created by … Continue reading

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The Enlightenment Is Working

Steven Pinker had an interesting essay in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working Dr. Pinker is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. The essay is adapted from his new book out today: Enlightenment Now: The … Continue reading

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Holocaust Scholarship

The following recent news release is about Holocaust scholarship at the University of Vermont (UVM): Two UVM scholars earn fellowships at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum This is good news. Congratulations to UVM, Associate Professor Susanna Schrafstetter, and Professor Alan Steinweis. … Continue reading

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Backcountry Recreation, Part 2

Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I wrote about the growing popularity of backcountry recreation in northern New England, especially in Vermont, and including in my home town of Cambridge. See Backcountry Recreation, Part 1. This growing interest … Continue reading

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