Stories by MacLean Gander
Issue of Jul 1, 2020 (#568)
- Measuring the economic impact: Vermont artists, arts organizations, and related businesses are among those reeling from an economy hit hard by the economic shutdown — but resources are available, and new state funding could be in the offing
Issue of Jun 3, 2020 (#564)
- The fire this time: ‘As a White liberal married to a reasonable Black American woman, I don’t know how to watch the deadness in the eyes of the White police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck — even after he was handcuffed — until he died’
Issue of Apr 29, 2020 (#559)
- Pandemic frees up shelter for homeless people: As the COVID-19 crisis has unleashed countless consequences — not all of them negative — regional leaders describe the sudden impact on homelessness, drug trafficking, and other civic challenges
Issue of Apr 22, 2020 (#558)
- What we know: Statistics demonstrate that physical distancing is working, and should be continued. The challenge with the pandemic is that everyone wants it to just be over.
Issue of Apr 8, 2020 (#556)
- The geography of COVID-19: The battle to keep the virus from overwhelming southern Vermont heightens well-worn tensions between residents and out-of-staters — a relationship that is becoming increasingly complicated as medical personnel come from afar to help treat a pandemic
Issue of Mar 25, 2020 (#554)
- So. Vt. learns to live with COVID-19 : In this new era, young people are on the front lines, working for low wages, yet trying to figure out how to pay the rent
- A stunned community: From cashiers on the front lines to business leaders, people in the region are reeling with abrupt change in routine and fear for the future
Issue of Mar 18, 2020 (#553)
- Our perfect storm: In this moment when the highest health priority is to find distance from one another, our highest political priority must be to come together as a nation
Issue of Feb 26, 2020 (#550)
- ‘I have to speak up — not only for myself, but so that students start being heard’: Marc Thurman came to Landmark College as a student of color. He now works there, coordinating its diversity efforts.
Issue of Feb 19, 2020 (#549)
- What do you do when a driver calls your wife a ‘dumb n—— b——’?: Racism is so deeply woven into our national culture that it shapes everything about us as a nation — even when, and especially when, you are a progressive White male who is married to a Black woman
Issue of Jan 22, 2020 (#545)
- Marlboro, Wootton at odds over details of ‘challenge’: As alumni ponder further moves to delay formalizing agreement with Emerson College, college prepares for closure
Issue of Jan 8, 2020 (#543)
- ‘Can’t just turn over and die’: Will Wootton, a former vice president at Marlboro College, talks about the painful changes that might be employed to keep the college on Potash Hill. It might not be pretty, and it definitely won’t be the same. But would it be worth trying?
- Raiding its nest egg: Marlboro College’s broken financial picture is common for small and tiny colleges in the United States, where dozens of public and private colleges have closed or merged since 2016 — and that doesn’t take into account the unique challenges of keeping a tiny school solvent
- End of an era: While some opponents of its announced merger with Emerson College continue to fight, Marlboro College’s community girds for the very likely closure of its Vermont campus
Issue of Jan 1, 2020 (#542)
- Amid uncharted waters, the 2020s begin: It is easy to focus on unprecedented political evil. But for those who yearn for a better United States, one true to its founding principles, perhaps there is some space for hope.
Issue of Nov 27, 2019 (#538)
- Russian asset: The pieces of the puzzle make it clear: Our president serves the interests of the Russian state and its president, Vladimir Putin
Issue of Jul 24, 2019 (#520)
- Democrats at the crossroads of unity and division: In fighting a political tide based on fear and hatred, the only option is to respond with confidence and love, and to build on that platform a force similar or greater in power to the power that confronts us now
- Housing, dignity, respect, and a place at the table: Organizers hope a rally in Brattleboro becomes a first step toward giving unhoused people agency, respect, and a role in helping address the local consequences of a national trend
Issue of Jun 26, 2019 (#516)
- Opioid crisis worsens, with no end in sight: Panelists agree: County must deal with scourge of opiate addiction within a framework of compassion, restorative justice, and community involvement
Issue of May 15, 2019 (#510)
- Out of sight: With the emergency shelter closed for the season, homeless people must risk breaking laws that prohibit them from sleeping outside. Police, advocates, and a vulnerable population find a difficult situation on both sides of the Vermont/New Hampshire border — and a looming prospect over the constitutionality of local ordinances.
Issue of Apr 3, 2019 (#504)
- County has highest opioid-death rate in state: Brattleboro officials eye state lawsuits as potential revenue source for combatting the epidemic
Issue of Mar 6, 2019 (#500)
- Closed — for now, at least: Four suspects face a mounting list of state and federal charges and neighbors hope for lasting relief after local and state police raid a Brattleboro drug house
Issue of Feb 6, 2019 (#496)
- The dynasty continues: A football fan reflects on the 2019 Super Bowl and finds a beautiful game — and a lot about our country and politics buried beneath the surface
Issue of Dec 5, 2018 (#488)
- From type to stereotype: Apparently, much of Donald Trump’s strength lies in those regions where men are most fragile and most susceptible to early death
Issue of Oct 31, 2018 (#483)
- This is truly a dangerous time: There is a war going on in this nation right now — a cold war with skirmishes that sometimes erupt into public view, but a war nonetheless. And none of us are non-combatants.
Issue of Oct 17, 2018 (#481)
- A vacant space in the heart of West Brattleboro: For years, a convenience store served a community in need. Last month, it closed, with no explanation from its corporate ownership and a track record of uncooperative management.
Issue of Sep 26, 2018 (#478)
- Challenging the labels that confine us: Race is both a social construction and a lived reality. Can we talk about it in authentic and sometimes uncomfortable ways, with good will in our hearts?
Issue of Aug 22, 2018 (#473)
- Generational shift: Both nationally and in Vermont, we are witnessing the last political gasps of a dying generation and the new sprouts of the rising one. We can either fight this change, or we can embrace it.
Issue of Jun 20, 2018 (#464)
- The mad whims of a deranged king: What is happening right now is simply insane. The electoral odds are stacked against change. Maybe we are left with one choice — revolution.
Issue of Jan 17, 2018 (#442)
- Simultaneously sad and sentimental: ‘A young friend here said to us that all Cubans are both angry and happy. Perhaps that is what Americans should be as well.’
Issue of Dec 13, 2017 (#438)
- In pursuit of the least harm and the greatest good
Issue of Nov 29, 2017 (#436)
- The space between indifference and #MeToo: ‘Maybe I still am working things through. Maybe I am just trying to lay this instance of my life to rest. I suppose I seek to add a strong voice, confused but perhaps useful, to our current discourse about sexuality and power.’
Issue of Aug 23, 2017 (#422)
- Getting real : After Charlottesville, we face a battle over our shared historical narrative — the truth of who we are and who we have been as a nation
Issue of May 31, 2017 (#410)
- Trump’s likely struggle, our nation’s consequences: The president of the United States might well be functionally illiterate — and if that’s the case, it could explain how his character developed and unfolded after he reached adulthood
Issue of Feb 15, 2017 (#395)
- Trump policies take aim at the young: The blizzard of executive orders, tweets, and legislative actions and plans conceals a core strategy. Can this blizzard of change serve as a unifying principle for the left?
Issue of Jan 11, 2017 (#390)
- Only connect: None of us can assemble the pieces of our country’s recent secret history in a way that makes sense. If we do, we’re probably crazy.
Issue of Nov 16, 2016 (#383)
- A look in the mirror: How could Trump’s election have happened? What does it mean? And how does it reflect on us, as voters and as a country?
Issue of Oct 19, 2016 (#379)
- What is there to hate?: People can have legitimate policy differences with Hillary Clinton, but the hatred for the Democratic nominee shines a light on the capacity for implicit bias that lurks in all of us.
Issue of Jul 13, 2016 (#365)
- I don’t know how to make art today: With the events of last week unfolding, I can’t think of any more dangerous and more hopeless time in the arc of history through which I have lived in my six decades
Issue of May 25, 2016 (#358)
- Hitler’s secret diaries writ large: In a field of 17 candidates, Donald Trump was a good joke — and he sold papers and brought ratings. And now we have to deal with him.
Issue of Jun 17, 2015 (#310)
- Waking up to the politics of the rich and the poor: Liberal white privilege and class, the fault line of U.S. politics
Issue of Apr 29, 2015 (#303)
- Telling the story for the ages: Every mode of representation of reality, rightly done, is a form of journalism — an attempt to get at the truth
Issue of Jan 21, 2015 (#289)
- Drugged into compliance: Rather than providing our children with education that allows them to flourish and be themselves, we drug them with speed and subject them to high-stakes testing.