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Gregory Dennis: Ridgeline controversy, blowin' in the wind

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Gregor Dennis



Is Vermont’s answer to climate change blowin’ in the wind?

Virtually all the climate change experts have concluded that yes, wind has to be part of the solution.

Unless renewable energy becomes a substantial portion of America’s energy mix, they say, we will continue our dangerous reliance on coal and natural gas for electricity.

Because these fossil fuels release carbon that is driving us over the climate change cliff, we have to find safer alternatives, and do it now.

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Community forum: The Little City sets the pace on renewable energy

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Anders Holm



This week’s writer is Anders Holm, a longstanding Addison County resident, a senior member of the surgical staff at Porter Hospital and a lifelong renewable energy advocate.

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Editorial: Doing the public's business

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



With the crossover deadline for legislation coming due last Friday, it’s appropriate to briefly review a few of the more significant measures that have been drafted, discussed and passed — starting with the Senate.

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Opinion: Welfare time limits don't work

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Margaret Nelson



 

This week’s writer is Margaret K. Nelson, Hepburn Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College.

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Around the Bend: Vicious turkey is a sign of spring

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Did you notice anything different about last weekend? If you’re like me you stepped outside, detected a change in the air, surveyed the layer of grime on the colorless landscape and thought, “Ah, it’s springtime in Vermont.”

Isn’t it beautiful?

I’m not saying the daffodils are up or that a reasonable person would take off their snow tires just yet. But for me the weekend marked an unmistakable turning point in the seasons.

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Clippings: Family newcomer can be gnaw-ty

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Some dogs can allegedly be trained to bring their owners’ slippers to them.

But we’ve got one that carries mine out to the back yard and drops them into mud or snowdrifts, depending on meteorological conditions.

I don’t take it personally, however. On Monday, she picked up one of my daughter’s friend’s shoes and carried it through our two dog doors into the slop.

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Editorial: The real gamble for Middlebury is not to try a business development director

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



At Middlebury’s Town Meeting, the one surprise came in the spur-of-the-moment discussion over the economic viability of the town’s newly hired business development director. In what started out as an introduction of the new director, Jamie Goucher, the conversation quickly turned to how the director’s performance would be measured and how committed the stakeholders were to funding the position over the first five years and thereafter. The concern was that taxpayers would be funding the position after the year 2017.

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Editorial: Gun control bill was a missed opportunity

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



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Ways of Seeing: A yogic look at your beverage choices

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



The stone hearth around our woodstove was built by a talented jack-of-all-trades named Gary Barnett. These days, the area immediately in front of the stove is covered with bits of orange rind. Whenever we eat an organic orange, I break the peel into small pieces, and place them on the hearth to dry. Why? Because they are a frequent ingredient in the herbal teas that we serve after class in the yoga studio. After the rind has dried I add it to the large jar; each time I open it an intoxicating citrusy fragrance is released.

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Guest editorial: How the Legislature can restore balance to UVM board

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



Legislation has been proposed that forbids lawmakers from serving as trustees for the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont and for the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The bill’s purpose is to prevent the conflict of interest that arises when legislators serving as trustees have the responsibility of representing both the taxpayers and the schools. The belief is that the legislators should not be put in the position of serving two masters.

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