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Clippings: Obama’s speech prompts musings

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



After listening to Obama’s second inaugural address Monday, I found myself thinking about activism. In the speech, which was called “progressive” by various media outlets, the President touched on past social movements (Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall) and mentioned the one that — after a summer of Colorado burning non-stop, and Sandy wiping out seaside towns along the East Coast the week before the General Election — is finally holding the nation’s attention these days: the climate movement.

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Between the Lines: On climate, divestment as investment

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s an esoteric-sounding word echoing across campuses and board rooms this winter.

Like many colleges and universities across the country, Middlebury College is suddenly facing demands from students, faculty and alumni about “divestment”: withdrawing investments from companies whose primary business is the production and sale of fossil fuels. UVM is facing similar demands.

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Community forum: State can make gains in thermal efficiency

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Sandra Levine



This week’s writer is Sandra Levine, senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation.

The Time is Right for Affordable Heat

Vermont is poised to take a big bite out of the high cost and pollution of heating our homes and businesses. Slashing a full one-quarter of both lies within our reach. Now is the time to act.

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Clippings by Andy Kirkaldy: First the guns, then the cars ... or not

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I’m not trying to scare business away from my good friends at Vermont Field Sports, who tell me they always see sales spike when gun control hits the news, but it’s safe to say the state’s law-abiding hunters can breathe easy. No one is coming for their rifles, or is going to pass a law that says they can’t buy newer, better ones.

That’s not really the point of the current discussion on guns — and, make no mistake about it, it’s time to talk.

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Around the Bend: Speaking and creaking fries nerves

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



There’s a new, irritating speech fad going around. And I just found out I’m a habitual offender.

I’m talking about a real thing: “vocal fry,” also known as “creaky voice” and “glottal scrape” (oh, those kooky linguists). This particular affectation is more subtle but less jaunty than, say, talking like a pirate. It’s a legitimate speech pattern that you probably would never have noticed or been bothered by if I weren’t bringing it to your attention. Sorry.

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Community forum: Hope springs for Vermont agriculture

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Leonard Bull



This week’s writer is Leonard Bull, a retired professor and chair of Animal Sciences at UVM, and then head of Animal Science at North Carolina State University where he was also a university administrator. He is currently chair of the Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board, and lives in New Haven.

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Politically Thinking: State must find way to fund road repairs

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Funding the state’s transportation program is a major issue on the agenda of this year’s legislative session. Since 2000, miles traveled on Vermont’s roads have increased by 13 percent, but annual gasoline and diesel fuel tax revenues are the same today as they were 12 years ago. As Vermonters have replaced gas-guzzlers with more fuel efficient vehicles, the new vehicles use less fuel per mile. Thus, gas and diesel taxes, which are the principal sources of revenue for the state’s Transportation Fund, are not keeping up with the wear and tear on the roads.

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Between the Lines: Tar sands and Town Meeting Day

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small — how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.

But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.

This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting “tar sands” oil through Vermont?

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Between the Lines: Tar sands and Town Meeting Day

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small — how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.

But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.

This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting “tar sands” oil through Vermont?

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Community Forum: Let's put children first

Posted on January 7, 2013 |
By Bruce Lisman



Our education system is among the best in the country. On that strength, Campaign for Vermont suggests we set our sights even higher.

We rank among the 10 best education systems in America That’s good, but we are in a country that now ranks outside of the top 20 internationally. That means Vermont ranks about 30th in the world. Our high school graduates have a lower college graduation rate than we expect; and evidence mounts that in Vermont, like in the rest of America, children of the poor often remain trapped in poverty, despite the education provided them. 

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