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Greg Dennis: When age isn't just a number

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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They say age is just a number. Perhaps so. But some numbers matter more than others.

Your teeth start coming in before you’re one. Most children lose their last baby teeth by age 12.

Five is when you toddle off to kindergarten — or, increasingly so if you’re a boy, it’s age six because boys, well, we’re slower.

Ten seems like a big age because you’re at last in double digits. It never occurs to you that someday you might make it into triple digits.

I kissed my first girl at age 12. Thank you, Judy Rotach.

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Greg Dennis: Antidotes for the daily Trump-aches

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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In almost every conversation with friends these days, there comes a time when we have to decide the same question: Are we going to talk about Trump?

The man’s actions are so outrageous that they sometimes demand a response. So we spend a few minutes fulminating about the latest outrage — Trump’s alienating allies we need in a dangerous world; bailing out of the Paris agreement to combat climate change; lying about even the most obvious facts.

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Greg Dennis: The flatlanders' guide to local history

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
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With the tourist season upon us, thousands of flatlanders are in the process of invading Vermont. It would be nice if they returned home from their vacations with an understanding of Vermont history that extends beyond Ethan Allen furniture. So, I offer the following tongue-in-cheek guide to local spots of historical significance.

 

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Greg Dennis: When the hippies took over Vermont

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go?

I’m going to some place where I’ve never been before.

 

I’m going where the water tastes like wine.

We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time.

— “Going Up the Country,” written by Alan Wilson and made famous by Canned Heat

 

 

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Greg Dennis: King, RFK and the American Dream

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
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1968, it has that ring

Of RFK and Martin Luther King

Where the dream went down on a hotel floor

Dreams are what we’re living for

— John Stewart, “Irresistible Targets”

 

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Greg Dennis: Is it Boomers vs. Millenials?

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
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Has my generation of Baby Boomers screwed all the ones that came after us?

Steven Brill thinks so. And he’s at least partly right.

Brill, an attorney, journalist and entrepreneur, had a role in glamorizing the big money created by Baby Boomers. He founded the American Lawyer, a magazine that documented the astounding rise to riches of the legal profession.

Now he’s repenting.

Since the late 1970s, lawyers have gotten fat off the financial, technology, healthcare and other booming sectors they so adroitly service.

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Greg Dennis: Long winter extends ski season

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
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This is the time of year when skiers tell their non-skiing friends that they’ve just been on the slopes — and their friends respond with quizzical, slightly depressed looks.

“Oh, are they still skiing?” someone will ask, incredulous, as if that should be confined to the Himalayas.

Yes, a few of us possessed people are still skiing.

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Greg Dennis: A bolt from the (Chevy) blue

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
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If you believe, as many of us do, that climate change means our children will live in a more dangerous and chaotic world, then at some point you’ve got to look in the mirror and wonder about the car you’re driving.

Transportation accounts for Vermont’s greatest contribution to climate change. Carbon pollution from cars and (especially) trucks means that for every historically destructive hurricane — think Puerto Rico — every driver is driving those storms to be a little bigger.

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Greg Dennis: An interview with President Trump

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY AIRPORT, April 1, 2018 — Here’s a lightly edited transcript of my recent conversation with President Donald Trump.

GD: Thanks for stopping on the Middlebury airport tarmac for an interview today.

DT: Of course. It’s great to be back in New Hampshire. “Live free or die” and all that.

GD: Actually, sir, you’re in Vermont.

DT: Great place, Vermont. I won the primary here by the biggest margin anyone has ever won an election. (1)

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Between the Lines: Schools, Climate Change & Town Meeting

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
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School budgets and climate change will be among questions before Addison County voters next week.

In Cornwall, Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and 32 other towns, voters will be asked to approve a resolution calling for an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure throughout Vermont.

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