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Letters to the Editor: Coverage of lake gets high marks

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Bill McKibben



Many thanks for the truly comprehensive coverage of the ongoing cleanup efforts on Lake Champlain. While it is a shame to see the chaotic Trump administration threatening longstanding work, it is useful for all of us to know the details.

I note that in the same issue Victor Nuovo explains that the philosopher Spinoza insisted that “the peace and piety of a society depends entirely” on the “freedom to publish one’s thoughts and discoveries.” It seems to me the Addison Independent is pulling its weight and more in this regard.

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Community Forum, Bill McKibben: Trump choice fails civilization

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Bill McKibben



People say, if all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. We should be so lucky. President Trump has a hammer, but all he’ll use it for is to smash things that others have built, as the world looks on in wonder and in fear. The latest, most troubling example is his decision to obliterate the Paris climate accord: After nearly 200 years of scientific inquiry and over 20 years of patient diplomacy that united every nation save Syria and Nicaragua, we had last Thursday afternoon’s big game-show Rose Garden reveal: Count us out.

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Community Forum: Protesters fell for trolling tactics

Posted on March 10, 2017 |
By Bill McKibben



Canniness is a virtue, at least for organizers. When protest goes well — the women’s marches, the airport demonstrations — it helps immeasurably, limiting the right’s ability to act or at least exacting a high price in political capital. But protest can go badly too, and when it does it gives the bad guys a gift.

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Letters to the Editor: Nordic trails well maintained

Posted on March 8, 2017 |
By Bill McKibben



After temperatures that smashed all records for several days, and then a downpour of rain on a recent Saturday afternoon and evening, I turned on the webcam for Rikert Nordic Center on that Sunday morning thinking there was no way there could be any skiing left. But I could see the groomers out at work, so I went on over, and to my amazement Mike Hussey’s crew had managed to maintain five kilometers of remarkably good Nordic trails.

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Community Forum: Koch brothers poisoning Vermont

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Bill McKibben



This week’s writer is Ripton resident Bill McKibben, author and Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College.

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Opinion: Rikert a jewell for Nordic skiers

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Bill McKibben



One small Addison County miracle that readers might not be aware of: The Nordic skiing up at Bread Loaf/Rikert Nordic Center is quite wonderful.

Despite the worst winter in living memory, Mike Hussey and his crew have managed to keep five kilometers of beautiful groomed snow alive through the droughts and rains, which means that our impressive high schoolers and Bill Koch League kids and the dynamic college team have been able to keep skiing, and the rest of us too.

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Opinion: Environmentalist lauds new beer

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Bill McKibben



The news has seemed sour and sad too often these last weeks: the steady parade of people who don’t want to have to see any solar panels out their windows, the attack on small schools, and the demise of Greg’s Market. And then I read the usually wonderful Greg Dennis decrying Otter Creek Brewery for phasing out Copper Ale and replacing it with the new Backseat Berner.

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Opinion: How individuals make a difference on climate change

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



In a recent piece in The New Yorker, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and Ripton resident Bill McKibben summed up the role of protestors and how individuals make a difference:

“I’ve never thought that people didn’t care. I’ve always thought that, to the contrary, climate change caused a peculiar combination of deep dread and a sense of powerlessness. We are, after all, so small compared to physics. We sense that our individual actions (the light bulbs, the Priuses) won’t add up to enough to matter.

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Opinion: Editorial stance on pipeline protest wrong

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



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Opinion: Nordic skiing has been at its best

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



Many thanks for Matt Dickerson’s most recent column on Nordic skiing. It was a good reminder, as the close of winter draws into at least hazy view, of just how hard the crew at Rikert worked all year.

Skiing began in mid-November, but for most of the first half of the season it was an almost impossible job to keep the trails covered, with every small drop of snow followed by a driving rainstorm. Still, Mike Hussey and his crew worked long hours to make sure there was always something to ski on.

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