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Between the Lines: Curmudgeonly commencement advice

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



Once again this year, I have been asked to be a last-minute fill-in as the Middlebury College commencement speaker.

Those of you who were at last year’s commencement will find this especially puzzling. You may recall that my speech ended with a public disavowal by the college president, an escort off the premises by campus security officers, and the filing of multiple charges against me.

But my attorney assures me that most of the charges have been settled. And (more good news), the visits to my parole officer have been reduced from daily down to weekly.

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Between the Lines: Doyle Poll: Hang up and get stoned?

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



“Legalize it!”

You don’t see that bumper sticker on many cars in Vermont. But support for the legalization of marijuana is close to a majority sentiment, if the results of a recent statewide poll are to be believed.

The state Legislature is still taking a very cautious course toward decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

But according to this year’s 42nd annual Town Meeting Day poll by Sen. Bill Doyle, a near majority of Vermonters favor not just decriminalizing marijuana, but legalizing it altogether.

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Between the lines: Eco-impacts of home sweet home

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



“Dear Mr. Dennis,

“I recently read your article in the Addison Independent issue dated March 1, 2012, about your thoughts at building a house in Vermont. I wish to take you to task.

“Some months ago you wrote an article about how you considered yourself a ‘Vermontaholic’ citing various attributes about Vermont with which you compassionately connected…

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Between the Lines: Republicans on the political extreme

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



As a rookie reporter in 1974, one of the first stories I covered was the Eastern Wilderness Act. To get some details on the new law, I called the office of Vermont Republican Sen. George Aiken.

I was expecting to get a junior aide on the phone. Instead, the receptionist asked, “Would you like to speak to the senator? He’s right here.”

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Between the Lines: Tips to cure the winter blues

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



Tips to cure the winter blues

Three months into Permanent November (A.K.A., Global Warming, Vermont Style), this year it’s even harder than usual to know how to have fun getting through the rest of the winter.

Usually we can rely upon typical winter activities — skiing, snowboarding, sledding or even just a nice walk in a snow-covered park — to get us through February and March.

But with little-to-no snow this winter, all bets are off.

One solution? I’ve been making do with a lot of outdoor ice skating.

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Between the lines: Getting older, still going like 60

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



More than a dozen of us gathered for dinner on a cold Saturday night. Cassoulet simmered on the stovetop, and a fire in the wood stove warmed the room.

Some of us there had been close friends for decades. Others barely knew one another. But we were all united by one thing: We had been in the same college class or had come with someone who was in that class.

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Between the Lines: My music is a shelf full of memories

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Greg Dennis



Two months after my most recent move — and sick of fishing CDs out of packing boxes — I had to face the inevitable: It was time to haul my music collection out of the boxes and organize it onto the shelves.

With several hundred CDs to sort through, the first choice for a music nerd is whether to group everything together alphabetically or to separate the music by genres.

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Between the Lines: Tree house, once upon a time

Posted on November 3, 2011 |
By Greg Dennis



A few months ago, I was asked by an editor at the college’s “Middlebury Magazine” to write about a tree house that had been constructed during our college years. That piece appears in the current issue of the magazine. Because it’s a story I’ve also wanted to tell in this space, I’ve adapted the magazine account for today’s column.

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Between the Lines: Small-town life is a cut above

Posted on October 20, 2011 |
By Greg Dennis



Ken Jenks is the physician’s assistant at a medical clinic in Nucla, Colo.

Jenks, who appears in a compelling “New Yorker” profile of Nucla’s druggist, Don Colcord, grew up in Salt Lake City. But he’s become a connoisseur of small towns.

Living in a small town, he says, means giving people more latitude.

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Between the Lines: Human folly? There's a code for that

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Greg Dennis



Human folly? There’s a code for that

 

A key premise of Vermont’s admirable attempt to institute single-payer health care is that it will rationalize an often irrational system. With smart people like Gov. Peter Shumlin and local House Rep. Mike Fisher leading the charge, maybe it will.

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