This week we continue our dialogue with Megan West, a recovering opioid addict from Sheldon, and learn about the federal crime she committed, and how time in prison put her on the path to recovery and redemption.
Megan West, a 32-year old Sheldon native, became addicted to oxycodone at age 15. Since then, prescription opioids, heroin and crack cocaine have consumed her life.
In the second part of our dialogue with Joyce Hottenstein, a small business owner from Rutland, and Peter Briggs, a dairy farmer from Addison, we look at the demise of association health plans in Vermont and how Vermonters can change the direction of policymaking in our state.
Joyce Hottenstein and Peter Briggs discuss health care sharing ministries and the adversities they face due to the punishing costs of health insurance in Vermont.
Patricia Blair from Bennington was eight months pregnant with twins when an intoxicated driver slammed into her car on Route 7 in 2009. She lost her twins as a result of the horrific accident.
In this week’s Dialogues, Meg Hansen discusses new Vermont legislation about the impending tax-based penalty related to the individual mandate, and the politicization of health insurance in the state.
Mark and Kate Bowen, owners of Meadowdale Farm in Putney, discuss how heavy regulations, high financial losses and creeping anti-farming attitudes have made life in Vermont challenging for farmers.
In February, owner Carolyn Handy announced that the company, which employed several people in southern Vermont, would be closing as a result of the rising costs of doing business in the state.