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‘Best State’ Rankings Ignore Armed White Supremacy

‘Best State’ Rankings Ignore Armed White Supremacy

September 8, 2021 at 12:53 pm

VTDIGGER 09/08/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Last month, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked ten U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked […]

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Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

July 23, 2021 at 2:40 pm

VTDIGGER 07/23/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This column is by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York and Dr. Michael Shank of Brandon. Clarke is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chair of the Smart Cities Caucus. Shank is communications director for […]

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It’s Long Past Time Vermont Sent a Woman to Congress

It’s Long Past Time Vermont Sent a Woman to Congress

July 1, 2021 at 1:17 pm

VTDIGGER 07/01/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. To all the older white men potentially queuing for the 2022 election for U.S. Senate to represent Vermont, please step aside. Speaking as a white […]

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With Time Running Out, Radical Action Needed on Climate

With Time Running Out, Radical Action Needed on Climate

June 13, 2021 at 12:56 pm

VTDIGGER 06/13/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. There’s been a lot of postponing on the climate front of late. Some postponing has been […]

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Rules That Protect the Majority, Rather Than Cater to the Few

Rules That Protect the Majority, Rather Than Cater to the Few

March 26, 2021 at 1:30 pm

VTDIGGER 03/26/21 MOUNTAIN TIMES 04/01/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. A local zoning administrator once told me — when I served as chair […]

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USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

February 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm

VTDIGGER 02/23/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is […]

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Getting Off Fossil Gas

Getting Off Fossil Gas

January 2, 2021 at 11:50 am

VTDIGGER 12/30/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who is communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. This month witnessed the launch of the first-ever “Gas Index,” which ranks American metropolitan […]

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Drone photo during summer of Rutland, Vermont and the Green Mountains.

Working Toward Thriving Communities

November 5, 2020 at 10:49 am

VTDIGGER 11/04/20 By Michael Shank  Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, who is vice chair of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the chair of the Brandon Planning Commission. He was an independent candidate for a Rutland District seat in the Vermont State Senate. When the […]

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Rutland County Needs to Band Together for Broadband

Rutland County Needs to Band Together for Broadband

October 8, 2020 at 9:10 am

VTDIGGER 10/07/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, who is vice chair of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the chair of the Brandon Planning Commission. Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or […]

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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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