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Greg Dennis http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/929/all en Greg Dennis: Vermont has felt its share of cold http://addisonindependent.com/201502greg-dennis-vermont-has-felt-its-share-cold <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> There&rsquo;s an old story about the Vermont farmer who had his farm in the Connecticut River Valley.</p> <p> Over the years, the river had changed course several times and eventually, out-of-state surveyors were hired to determine exactly where the state line was.</p> <p> When their work was completed, it fell to one of the surveyors to tell the old Vermont farmer that his land was in fact not in Vermont, but was actually in New Hampshire.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m mighty glad to hear that!&rdquo; the farmer said.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28768">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502greg-dennis-vermont-has-felt-its-share-cold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion cold weather winter Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:18:16 +0000 Greg Dennis 28768 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Marijuana legislation a bad idea http://addisonindependent.com/201502greg-dennis-marijuana-legislation-bad-idea <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.</p> <p> But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That&rsquo;s because it&rsquo;s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?</p> <p> We&rsquo;ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28636">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502greg-dennis-marijuana-legislation-bad-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion marijuana Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:55:30 +0000 Zach Despart 28636 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: The intricacies of male hugging http://addisonindependent.com/201502greg-dennis-intricacies-male-hugging <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Hugging is a wonderful way to express affection. It&rsquo;s one of my favorite things to do.</p> <p> But when it comes to men hugging their casual male friends, I&rsquo;m sure I speak for many men when I say:</p> <p> Can&rsquo;t we just go back to shaking hands?</p> <p> I&rsquo;m not sure when it was that hugging among men became the New Normal. Maybe it started back in the Seventies, when feminist-oriented women (rightly) started pounding it into our feeble male brains that it wouldn&rsquo;t kill us to show some public affection to other men, now and then.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28528">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502greg-dennis-intricacies-male-hugging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Buck Showalter Hugging Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:17:12 +0000 Greg Dennis 28528 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Toking, taxes and the new Vermont green http://addisonindependent.com/201501greg-dennis-toking-taxes-and-new-vermont-green <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.</p> <p> But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That&rsquo;s because it&rsquo;s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?</p> <p> We&rsquo;ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28104">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501greg-dennis-toking-taxes-and-new-vermont-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion legislature marijuana taxes Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:37:01 +0000 Greg Dennis 28104 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Stay out of the police log in 2015 http://addisonindependent.com/201501greg-dennis-stay-out-police-log-2015 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> However 2014 may have treated you, perhaps you can take some small comfort from the fact that it didn&rsquo;t include any of the incidents below. They&rsquo;re drawn from police reports published in this newspaper last year.</p> <p> <strong>Hi, Ho, Silver!</strong> Late one night last July, Bristol police had to use a rope to capture a riderless horse that was galloping down Main Street. The horse was returned to its owner.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27859">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501greg-dennis-stay-out-police-log-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion 2014 police log Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:28:39 +0000 Greg Dennis 27859 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Skiing always made the best memories, and continues to do so http://addisonindependent.com/201412greg-dennis-skiing-always-made-best-memories-and-continues-do-so <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Every sport has its own nostalgia.</p> <p> Red Sox fans remember where they were when the Curse of the Bambino was finally broken. Patriots partisans know exactly how Tom Brady engineered that last Super Bowl-winning drive. Basketball fans even trek to the dreary hall of fame in Springfield, Mass.</p> <p> But few sports are as redolent with nostalgia as downhill skiing is.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27479">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412greg-dennis-skiing-always-made-best-memories-and-continues-do-so" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion loving skiing Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:43:24 +0000 Greg Dennis 27479 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Optimism after the elections http://addisonindependent.com/201411greg-dennis-optimism-after-elections <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p><div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26710">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411greg-dennis-optimism-after-elections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Congress election optimism Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:48:10 +0000 Zach Despart 26710 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Ag traditions old and new in House race http://addisonindependent.com/201410greg-dennis-ag-traditions-old-and-new-house-race <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">It&rsquo;s been true for decades that in Vermont most of us no longer live or work on farms. Addison County sometimes even seems to be slowly suburbanizing.</span></p> <p> So it&rsquo;s easy to forget how wrapped up Vermont&rsquo;s identity remains with agriculture &mdash; from the beauty of our landscape to the local produce at the natural foods store around the corner.</p> <p> While our politics are often dominated by concerns about energy, social services and healthcare, agriculture still has a big role to play.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26386">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410greg-dennis-ag-traditions-old-and-new-house-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion agriculture legislature Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:01:06 +0000 Zach Despart 26386 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Dial 'stolen phone' for aggravation http://addisonindependent.com/201410greg-dennis-dial-stolen-phone-aggravation <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">I knew as soon as I walked back into the office that there was a problem.</span></p> <p> I had two of the big three &mdash; my wallet and keys. But I couldn&rsquo;t locate my iPhone.</p> <p> After several frantic searches of the car, I called the caf&eacute; where I&rsquo;d been sitting outside while I worked on email and quaffed a coffee. They checked the tables where I&rsquo;d been sitting and didn&rsquo;t see the phone.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26047">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410greg-dennis-dial-stolen-phone-aggravation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion iPhone people are jerks theft Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:03:14 +0000 Greg Dennis 26047 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Paul McCartney's long, winding road http://addisonindependent.com/201407greg-dennis-paul-mccartneys-long-winding-road <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">I always liked John best.</span></p> <p> He had the most irreverent sense of humor. He wasn&rsquo;t afraid to make the kind of brutally frank social commentary that we heard from so few public figures back then.</p> <p> John once said the Beatles were &ldquo;more popular than Jesus,&rdquo; and he might have been right.</p> <p> George was inscrutable, and Ringo was for girls &mdash; except for the girls who like Paul best. He was the cute one.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24391">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407greg-dennis-paul-mccartneys-long-winding-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Paul McCartney The Beatles Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:06:23 +0000 Greg Dennis 24391 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: At a college reunion, ghosts of present and past http://addisonindependent.com/201406greg-dennis-college-reunion-ghosts-present-and-past <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">A woman takes her seat for a long train ride in a foreign country. She&rsquo;s a plant biologist who travels the world to study and document rare plant species. It&rsquo;s one more trip among many.</span></p> <p> For the past two years, since her husband Michael died, she&rsquo;s been traveling even more. Sometimes staying ahead of the pain, sometimes just learning to live with it. (This is a true story, though the names and some details have been changed to protect the principals&rsquo; identities.)</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23925">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406greg-dennis-college-reunion-ghosts-present-and-past" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion college Middlebury College reunion Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:02:39 +0000 Phoebe Lewis 23925 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: I Spy the stranger of my dreams http://addisonindependent.com/201405greg-dennis-i-spy-stranger-my-dreams <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">&quot;In the spring a young man&rsquo;s fancy lightly turns to love,&rdquo; wrote the poet Tennyson.</span></p> <p> But in the &ldquo;I Spy&rdquo; section of personal ads in <em>Seven Days</em>, the fancy of men and women isn&rsquo;t restricted to springtime. It turns to love all year round.</p> <p> The Burlington-based alternative weekly has been running I Spy ads for most of its nearly 20 years, helping casual strangers make romantic connections.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23033">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201405greg-dennis-i-spy-stranger-my-dreams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion I Spy Thu, 01 May 2014 12:23:17 +0000 Greg Dennis 23033 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Healthcare hope — Single payer & the ACA http://addisonindependent.com/201401greg-dennis-healthcare-hope-%E2%80%94-single-payer-aca <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> What&rsquo;s the true nature of our expensive healthcare system? Is it an overregulated mess that&rsquo;s crying out for free-market forces to improve quality and lower costs, by expanding competition among providers?</p> <p> Or is it an under-regulated mess that&rsquo;s crying out for a single-payer system to improve quality and lower costs, by eliminating the expensive, greedy middlemen known as insurance companies?</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21284">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201401greg-dennis-healthcare-hope-%E2%80%94-single-payer-aca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion health care reform Vermont Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:55:29 +0000 Zach Despart 21284 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: A romantic life in song lyrics http://addisonindependent.com/201312greg-dennis-romantic-life-song-lyrics <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">Step into this house, girl, and I&rsquo;ll sing for you a song. I&rsquo;ll tell you all about where I&rsquo;ve been. It shouldn&rsquo;t take too long.</span></p> <p> I lived with the decent folks in the hills of old Vermont. Where what you do all day depends on what you want.</p> <p> I took up with a woman there when I was just a kid, and I smile like the sun to think of the loving that we did. Yankee lady so good to me, Yankee lady, just a memory.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/20566">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201312greg-dennis-romantic-life-song-lyrics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion opinion Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:47:45 +0000 Greg Dennis 20566 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Turning up the 'Summer Heat' on coal http://addisonindependent.com/201308greg-dennis-turning-summer-heat-coal <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> It&rsquo;s an impossibly beautiful summer morning in Vermont &mdash; and I&rsquo;m leaving the state on the last Saturday of July to go sit in a dirty church basement in Providence, R.I.</p> <p> My travel takes me south through the mountain towns of Jamaica and Townshend along Route 30. There&rsquo;s a farmer&rsquo;s market along the way, and in another town they&rsquo;re getting ready for a parade.</p> <p> On the shortcut through Brattleboro I pass the old ski jump on the edge of town, near signs protesting a skateboard park.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18310">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308greg-dennis-turning-summer-heat-coal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Greg Dennis Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:38:16 +0000 Luke Whelan 18310 at http://addisonindependent.com