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Editorial: But ... it's glorious in Vermont

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Opinion: Vermont Gas CEO failed to acknowledge many gaffes

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Alice Eckles and Ross Conrad



In the recent Community Forum piece on Vermont Gas (Addison Independent, Aug. 22), CEO Don Rendall asks us to not overlook the benefits of gas. While repeating the claim that gas is a cleaner choice, Rendall ignores several recent studies that find that methane leakage in the fracked gas supply chain results in a fuel that is dirtier than coal with regard to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Opinion: Bristol attorney shares first-hand glimpse of Trump

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Tom Wells



This week’s writer is Tom Wells, an attorney and businessman with offices and homes in Bristol, Vt., and New Jersey. He is active in real estate and non profits.

Editor’s note: This is piece originally appeared online on the Huffington Post website.

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Opinion: Peace Garden thankful for support

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Phoebe Barash



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Geoff Conrad: The changing landscape of travel

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Geoff Conrad



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Editorial: The tie between 13 million gallons of wastewater, the lake, and statewide elections

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermonters are at the fleeting confluence of two intersecting trajectories: an upcoming statewide election in November, and the tag end of August with another rash of beach closings on Lake Champlain, sewage spills, and blue-green algae alerts. With beachgoers upset, boaters disgusted and lakeshore homeowners up in arms at the deterioration of water quality in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water in the state, you’d think there might be enough political pressure to push clean-water policy to the forefront of our political discussion — especially in an election year.

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Clippings: Uncle Pete was strong to the end

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



Listening to my in-laws talk about Uncle Pete Hansen’s various feats of strength, he might just as well have been Paul Bunyan. For example, there was the true story about Pete lowering my brother-in-law Bill — then his plumbing assistant — down into a well by his ankles. And Bill is a solid 6-foot, 3-inches tall.

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Jessie Raymond: Daily life spawns personal Olympics

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I always wanted to compete in the Olympics. A few things, however, worked against me, such as my family not having the money to send me to an elite training facility when I was younger. That and having no athletic ability beyond doing the Macarena are the two biggies.

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Gregory Dennis: PSB stifling input on pipeline project

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



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If there was ever any doubt how publicly disoriented the state’s Department of Public Service really is when it comes to the fracked gas pipeline now making its way through the county — well, department Commissioner Chris Recchia put that doubt to rest a few days ago.

Not long after the Public Service Board tried to ban the public from a public hearing on the pipeline, Recchia made it clear that the department is sick of hearing from members of the public who oppose the pipeline.

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Victor Nuovo: Spinoza: Of empiricists and rationalists

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Another important fact about Spinoza’s intellectual character is that he was a rationalist. I begin, then, by explaining what this means and how being a rationalist differs from being an empiricist. For it is commonly supposed that empiricism and rationalism are the two poles of modern philosophy. What’s the difference?

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