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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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