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Between the Lines: In digital times, local papers will survive

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



This thing you are reading may look like a newspaper. But in a sense it’s actually a dinosaur.

Those of us who were brought up on print still love our dino-papers. We will probably continue reading them in varying degrees until the day we die. Indeed, it’s been said that the best hope for the newspaper industry is Americans over 50.

Which means the business in its present form has got maybe another 30 years before it’s the stuff of legend.

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Between the Lines: Memorial Day triggers mixed feelings

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



My friend John once told the story of the worst thing that ever happened to him.

It was in World War II. He and 30 other young guys were in a boat off the coast of Norway, part of the Allies’ effort to retake the country from the Germans. Norway was bitterly contested territory, a tough place to be.

John’s boat landed in a cove. He and two of his buddies were ordered to go inland and reconnoiter the countryside. They armed themselves as heavily as they could and set off on foot to see what they could find.

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Between the Lines: Professors left lasting impression

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Ten days from now, several hundred Middlebury College students will take those fateful steps across the commencement stage to receive their degrees and then bound off into the world.

For many of us Middlebury College alums who have taken that same walk, this is a nostalgic time of year. We can’t help but recall our own college experience, and the poignant days as they came to a close.

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Between the lines: Getting real about local real estate

Posted on April 28, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



We began the Great Real Estate Adventure-Dilemma (GREAD) back in February.

For me, our new home would be the sixth place I’ve occupied in the past seven years. African herdsman move less often than I do.

Like all naïvely optimistic would-be homeowners, we were sure that we would find several great places to choose from.

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Between the Lines: Forecast: More hard times for liberals

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



 

With the limited exception of those of us lucky enough to live in Vermont, this is a lousy time to be a liberal. And it’s not going to get any better.

After years of battling Republican Gov. Jim Douglas, Democrats and Progressives in the Legislature have the luxury of working with new Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. While Shumlin has put the kibosh on increasing taxes for the super-rich — he knows that would be political poison in his first term — he has otherwise set a remarkably progressive tone.

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Between the Lines: Confessions of a Vermontaholic

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



 

My name is Greg and I am a Vermontaholic. This is my story.

As with so many other Vermontaholics, my addiction started in childhood.

They say that parents should keep their kids away from the hard stuff, and that was certainly true in my case. I’m one of many for whom, at a tragically young age, the gateway drug was skiing.

I could handle it OK when my parents took me skiing near home in central New York State. Even in the Adirondacks at Whiteface and Big Tupper, I didn’t get addicted.

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Between the Lines: Tales of the recession — Vt. style

Posted on March 17, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Barbara and Shawn Thompson-Snow used to think they could live out the American Dream.

With good jobs and college educations, in their early 50s they seemed set for a happy ending. Ahead of them stretched a few more years of full-time work — then the chance to cut back to part-time, to travel and enjoy life.

Five college loans later and with a second kid still in college, that now seems like a laughable fantasy. They might as well try flapping their arms and flying from their Lincoln home to the top of Mt. Abe.

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Between the Lines: All hail the mighty Zamboni

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



I’m going to write my next column about the Zamboni, I said to her.

She looked up from her Garnet Hill catalog and peered over the top of her glasses. She put down the catalog, its cover bright with spring fashions: “Why on earth would you want to write a column about the Zamboni, of all things?”

Everybody loves the Zamboni. It’s got a funny name and goes round and round turning distilled water into ice as smooth as glass. What could be cooler than that?

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Between the Lines: Finding a balance with youth sports

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



On most mornings this time of year, she gets out of bed at 5 a.m. so she can be at the rink at 6.

Some days she has company from other skaters, whom she joins in rehearsals for synchronized numbers they’ll perform as a group in the Winter Carnival ice show.

Other mornings, though, she’s alone. The ice is fresh from the previous night’s Zamboni sweep and the only sound is the scrape of her skates. She practices her solo routine or works on “moves in the field” so she can pass the next test of skating proficiency.

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Between the Lines: The tracks of John Boehner's tears

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Pity the poor liberals. They spent decades convincing Americans that it was a good thing for women to be strong, high-profile leaders. So who comes along and grabs the mantle of the high-profile political woman? Not a liberal, but the dreaded Sarah Palin.

Then after years of creating space for men to be more in touch with their feelings, liberals have to watch new Speaker of the House John Boehner — he of the tough-guy politics and country club demeanor — become the most emotive man in public life.

It’s enough to make progressives want to go out and burn a bra.

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