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Letter to the editor: Local Democrats know the issues

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By David Brynn



Some local candidates figure that “it is the economy, stupid” and that we need to grow the bottom line economy so there will be funds to solve our pressing social and environmental problems. Get government out of the way and/or use it to subsidize positive action and everything will be fine. My take is that approach is the source of most of our problems here in Vermont and across the globe.

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Letter to the editor: Mount Abe air quality issue needs quick attention

Posted on September 10, 2018 |
By David Brynn



A person working at Mount Abraham Union High School recently told me, “Having started back to work at Mt. Abraham after two months away, the first thing I noticed was my headaches were back. I know for a fact it’s the air quality. The area I work in reached 85 degrees last week....”

Breath is life. No breath, no life. Healthy air is the foundation of healthy life. Based on these rather basic concepts, we have chosen to focus now on indoor air quality — or lack thereof — at Mount Abraham Union High School.

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Letter to the editor: Leopold's ethic of nature revisited

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By David Brynn



I love Aldo Leopold. His writings have long touched my soul. Yesterday I spent the day with other Leopold groupies contemplating his classic “The Land Ethic” at the Green Mountain Club’s headquarters in Waterbury — a building built with pine, hemlock and mixed hardwoods supplied by Vermont Family Forests. That is a story for another day.

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Letter to the editor: State forestry plan needs more thoughtful approach

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By David Brynn



Verde Monts. “Pulsatingly verdant mountains.” That is what Champlain saw in 1609 when he paddled up the lake that now bears his name. He must have loved seeing Camel’s Hump in all of her sylvan glory!

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Letter to the editor: Proposed boost in logging won't help Camel's Hump

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By David Brynn



Camel’s Hump is an absolute gem. However, the DRAFT Forest Resource Management Plan suggests significantly increased logging. Why?

It is time to take a different approach that puts more emphasis on forest ecosystem conservation and less emphasis on timber harvest, over-developed recreation, and human control.

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Letter to the editor: 'Focused, inclusive' planning needed for Mt. Abe bond

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By David Brynn



As we begin the process of preparing for Bond 4, it will be good to take in all of the learnings from the most recent Town Meeting Day vote.

A group of us joined the Bond 3 process in mid-November 2017 with the goal of getting to a “Resounding Yes!” By “Resounding Yes!” we meant a 60 percent voter turnout with 60 percent of them voting “Yes.”

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Letter to the editor: 'Nurturant Parent' model better for care of the planet

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By David Brynn



George Lakoff points out that in the West there are two models of morality that can be represented as family metaphors. The Strict Father Model assumes that God gave dominion over nature to man “to steward wisely.” The Nurturant Parent Model sees nature as a Mother who provides for us.

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Letter to the editor: Thinking outside the Mt. School bond

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By David Brynn



The $29.5 million bond over 30 years to provide a major facelift to our well-built but 50-year old school is moving forward toward the March 6 Town Meeting Day vote. I wish it was a $12-15 million bond over 15 years focused on addressing the lighting, ventilation, heat distribution, science facilities, and fair universal access issues. The latter option would pass resoundingly.

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Letter to the Editor: Mount Abe option is worthy studying

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By David Brynn



Steve Harris’s essay entitled “A Slight Course Correction” in the Addison Independent’s Jan. 4, 2017 edition provides great food for thought. Steve makes a solid case for expanding objectives at Mt. Abe while reducing costs in hopes of producing better results. This is exactly the sort of thinking we should be employing.

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Letter to the Editor: Mount Abe revote on thoughtful path

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By David Brynn



On Dec. 6 the Mount Abraham Union High School Renovation Committee met and dug into the upcoming bond vote. They voted to hold that on March 6, 2018, Town Meeting Day, because there is pressing work that must be done.

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