Can neighborliness fight off pandemic polarization? Vermont says yes.
If you’re heading home and get stuck in a snowbank in Vermont, chances are a neighbor with a truck will stop and help. And if you live nearby, you might be helping your neighbor out of a similar jam some day.
In the Green Mountain State, that’s not just an act of kindness – it’s the way Vermonters live.
“There’s a sense that patriotism isn’t just about national interest. It’s also about how you contribute to community and place,” says Paul Costello, former head of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.