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A Roadmap for a Resilient Rutland County

September 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

By Dr. Michael Shank Published: September 20, 2020 Protecting our infrastructure – physical, economic and social – from shocks to the system should be everyone’s priority. It’s compromised by increasingly extreme weather, extreme economic hardship and extreme ideologies. Committing to a repair and reinvestment strategy, then, should be on everyone’s […]

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Education and Life Skills

Education and Life Skills

September 19, 2020 at 8:36 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/19/20 By Michael Shank As a university professor who has worked for educators in the U.S. Congress and was raised by high school teachers, I’m constantly thinking about the education system and how best to equip the next generation of leaders. I’ve also been interviewing educators throughout Vermont, […]

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Rutland Roundtables

Rutland Roundtables

September 16, 2020 at 5:53 pm

MOUNTAIN TIMES 09/16/20 By Dr. Michael Shank Storytelling. It’s the one thing that has the potential to cut through the political noise and allow us to see each other in a new way. It’s why we love films, books, and television series so much. We’re drawn to stories. And as […]

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Broadband for All – The Need for a Communications Union District

Broadband for All – The Need for a Communications Union District

September 15, 2020 at 8:50 am

By Dr. Michael Shank On the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, where I serve as the Vice-Chair of the Regional Board of Commissioners, the issue of broadband service throughout Rutland County is front and center. It’s an urgent priority for us, especially as COVID-19 has moved even more work, communication and […]

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Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

September 13, 2020 at 10:57 pm

By Dr. Michael Shank The Rutland Herald is publishing a General Election Guide later this month. This questionnaire below is what was distributed to candidates. The answers, written by Michael Shank, will appear in the Rutland Herald’s guide.  Why are you running this year? I love this community and I […]

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An Organized Approach to Teaching Transferable Skills

An Organized Approach to Teaching Transferable Skills

September 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm

VTDIGGER 09/10/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, a resident of Brandon who teaches at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He is an independent candidate for a Rutland District seat in the […]

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Defining ‘Vermont Strong’

Defining ‘Vermont Strong’

September 6, 2020 at 11:14 pm

MOUNTAIN TIMES 09/02/20 By Michael Shank I’d like to tell a story that I’ve never told in print before. I’ve written hundreds of policy-oriented pieces for local and national newspapers, but I’ve never told this story because it’s very personal. I’m telling it now because I want everyone to know […]

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Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories

September 5, 2020 at 9:36 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/05/20 By Michael Shank Storytelling: it’s the one thing that has the potential to cut through the political noise and allow us to see each other in a new way. It’s why we love films, books and television series so much. We’re drawn to stories. And as our […]

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My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

August 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 08/25/20 By Michael Shank I’d like to tell a story I’ve never told in print before. I’ve written hundreds of policy-oriented pieces for local and national newspapers — including the Rutland Herald, regarding Vermont-specific policy — but I’ve never told this story because it’s very personal. I’m telling […]

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Why I’m Running for Vermont State Senate

Why I’m Running for Vermont State Senate

August 12, 2020 at 7:25 am

My Lens on Life I think about everything through the lens of sustainability. Meaning, can we sustain these policies for the next 5 decades and the next 5 generations? Since policy decisions require financial, human and natural resources, we need to ask: Do we have enough resources to last? Are […]

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