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Commentary Series: Schubart: The New Narcissism
Monday, 04/08/13
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart is intrigued by how political polarization is read in the spectrum of liberal and conservative views when both labels seem to be losing their meaning. He notes that the increasingly strident polarization may be between self-interest and the interest of the community.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: EB-5
Tuesday, 03/26/13
By Bill Schubart
Commentator Bill Schubart has been watching Vermont's deployment of the federal EB-5 program in Northern Vermont and, while he admires its projected economic impact, he wonders about its broader strategy in enriching America.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Orthodoxy
Monday, 03/11/13
By Bill Schubart
Commentator Bill Schubart is dismayed by the persistence of orthodoxy in our churches, legislatures, and schools. He believes that we invest these orthodoxies with powers they don't really have.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Compete or Collaborate
Thursday, 02/21/13
By Bill Schubart
Retired businessman Bill Schubart has volunteered since the age of 26 in the non-profit sector. In this commentary, he imagines the collaborative opportunities open to 26 Vermont's colleges and universities in America's shrinking student marketplace.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Arrogant Species
Wednesday, 02/13/13
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart offers a brief and satiric summary of the history of mankind on earth to perhaps better explain how we’ve become the arrogant species he believes us to be.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Transparency
Monday, 02/04/13
By Bill Schubart
Attorney General Sorrell opposes adopting the federal Freedom of Information Standard for disclosure of police records in Vermont. Bill Schubart thinks he should change his mind.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: The New Civil War
Friday, 01/18/13
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart has been thinking about the organizational elements of how we govern and manage our society and sees a new civil war of ideologies emerging.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Addiction
Monday, 01/07/13
By Bill Schubart
It's the New Year and, like many of us, Bill Schubart is yet again dusting off a weight loss resolution. His first-hand experience with food addiction has him wondering, though, how pervasive the addiction phenomenon is in our over-consuming culture.
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Commentary Series: Brunch Sampler: Bill Schubart
Tuesday, 12/25/12
By Bill Schubart
At the VPR Commentator Brunch earlier this year, the theme "When Worlds Collide..." inspired Bill Schubart to venture into the exciting world of semantics.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Work
Monday, 11/19/12
By Bill Schubart
In spite of what his doctor tells him every year, Bill Schubart assiduously avoids exercise. He prefers to work hard outdoors and doesn't miss the gym or its cost one bit.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Higher Ed
Thursday, 11/08/12
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart has been thinking about how we are going to restore educational excellence in our college and university systems and about the investment priorities of many institutions of higher learning as they compete for students who can afford their tuition.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Deregulation
Wednesday, 10/10/12
By Bill Schubart
Among the various policy proposals being set forth during this campaign season, there is one in particular that Bill Schubart finds troubling.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Political Empathy
Thursday, 09/27/12
By Bill Schubart
At first, this might sound counter-intuitive, but Clint Eastwood's appearance at the recent Republican Convention reminded Bill Schubart of nothing so much as a famous passage in Shakespeare.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Free Information
Monday, 09/10/12
By Bill Schubart
There's a phrase, "Information wants to be free" that's still often heard in the world of new media technology. But Bill Schubart wonders how many authors, composers, or artists really want to give away the results of their creative endeavors.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Transparency
Thursday, 08/30/12
By Bill Schubart
In Vermont, we have a long tradition of mutual trust and belief in our own integrity. So when that reputation is tainted by governmental scandal we act surprised. Bill Schubart suggests that a culture of openness and transparency might preclude many such surprises.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Bullies And Guns
Tuesday, 08/07/12
By Bill Schubart
Given recent events and the new school year fast approaching, Bill Schubart has been thinking about bullies, busses, and the hail of unregulated bullets descending on our country.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Contraindications
Monday, 07/16/12
By Bill Schubart
Contraindications are all those negative symptoms and side effects of diseases or drugs that are either in print too small to read or narrated too fast to understand. Bill Schubart has imagined America as an ailing patient and assesses our contraindications... slowly.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Edifice Complexes
Tuesday, 06/26/12
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart, has been thinking about philanthropy, specifically who should benefit from major gifts - the donor or the recipient - and how this question applies to the future of our colleges and universities.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Air Travel
Monday, 06/11/12
By Bill Schubart
As the busy summer travel season gets underway, Bill Schubart is casting his satirical and somewhat jaundiced eye on the process of modern air travel.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: News And Opinion
Tuesday, 05/29/12
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart recalls that his first experience in learning how to differentiate between opinion and hard news came early when the school he was attending was reported by a statewide newspaper to be a hive of Communist activity.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Mission To Rome
Wednesday, 05/09/12
By Bill Schubart
The Catholic Church has been looking into the activities of certain American nuns who devote their service to the alleviation of poverty and the promotion of social justice. Bill Schubart was raised Catholic so he's been imagining what it might be like if the nuns began an initiative of their own.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: College Systems
Monday, 04/30/12
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart observes that it's easy to talk about how things should be - especially since it's not within his ability or authority to make them so.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Slip Sliding Away
Wednesday, 04/11/12
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart has been thinking about what life delivers us and what we ourselves make of it. He notes that in many ways we are blessed in the United States. So why then do we have such a sense of loss and what might we do about it?
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Commentary Series: Schubart: Citizens' United
Tuesday, 03/27/12
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart has been thinking about the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision, the principle of free speech, and the law of unintended consequences.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: The Messy Middle
Friday, 03/16/12
By Bill Schubart
Commentator Bill Schubart writes about many aspects of life in Vermont - from potholes to politics.  And as the primary season rolls on, he's troubled by the quality of the debate - so far he sees it as consisting of superficial answers to mostly the wrong questions.
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