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Op-ed http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/2009/all en Clippings: Vermont's size is a big strength http://addisonindependent.com/201306clippings <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> Xian Chiang-Waren </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>Everything in the West is bigger.</em> That was the thought going through my head as our car sped east on Route 2 through North Dakota just after sunset late last August, watching the fluorescent lights of Williston, N.D., flicker away behind us.</p> <p> They weren&rsquo;t the only lights. As far as the eye could see, hundreds of fires blazed from holes blasted into the prairie. The scale of industry and vastness of the Great Plains were overwhelming. We drove east pushing 75 mph for almost two hours. For almost two hours, on either side of the road, the fields were burning.</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/17309">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201306clippings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Clippings energy Op-ed Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:22:57 +0000 xian 17309 at http://addisonindependent.com The Outside Story: For the pussy willow, spring is it’s time to shine http://addisonindependent.com/201305outside-story-pussy-willow-spring-it%E2%80%99s-time-shine <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> Virginia Barlow </div> </div> </div> <p> Last fall, I went to a nearby wetland with a pair of clippers and cut twigs from one willow shrub after another. It wasn&rsquo;t hard to tell the willows from the non-willows because willows are the only woody plants in this area whose buds are covered by a single bud scale. These cute, pointy caps are very different from the overlapping scales that protect most buds through the winter. And the few woody plants with no protective scales are easily recognizable: their naked, embryonic leaves rely on a coating of woolliness to keep them from desiccating or freezing.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16888">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305outside-story-pussy-willow-spring-it%E2%80%99s-time-shine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op-ed The Outside Story Vermont Mon, 13 May 2013 14:48:48 +0000 xian 16888 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: Just rollin' along, singin' a song http://addisonindependent.com/201305clippings-just-rollin-along-singin-song <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> John McCright </div> </div> </div> <p> I&rsquo;ve stumbled onto an unexpected joy of parenting: singing with my children.</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/16850">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305clippings-just-rollin-along-singin-song" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Clippings Mccright Op-ed Thu, 09 May 2013 14:01:36 +0000 xian 16850 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: Redialing opinion on smartphone http://addisonindependent.com/201305jessie-raymond-redialing-opinion-smartphone <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> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> As a person who considers herself (a) frugal and (b) skeptical of new technology, I have a confession to make.</p> <p> I want a smartphone. Desperately.</p> <p> This admission gets two reactions. The first, from people who sometimes don&rsquo;t even look up from their own phones as they respond, is, &ldquo;Well, duh.&rdquo; The other, the one that echoed my own sentiments until a few weeks ago, is, &ldquo;Ugh, no. Why would anyone spend that kind of money every month on a stupid phone whose use is causing the rapid meltdown of society as we know it?&rdquo;</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/16849">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305jessie-raymond-redialing-opinion-smartphone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Jessie Raymond Op-ed Thu, 09 May 2013 13:59:24 +0000 xian 16849 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Pick up after your pets http://addisonindependent.com/201305opinion-pick-after-your-pets <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> Lisa Liotta </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is Lisa Liotta, park ranger at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester.</em></p> <p align="center"> <strong>The Scoop on Poop</strong></p> <p> As a seasonal park ranger at the only Vermont State Park that allows dogs off-leash in a designated area, I pick up a tremendous amount of doggie doo. Recently, I began thinking seriously about the impact of pet waste on our environment, and started doing some research.&nbsp;</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/16790">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305opinion-pick-after-your-pets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion community forum Op-ed Mon, 06 May 2013 14:30:31 +0000 xian 16790 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: When in a jam, 'Toasty' delivers http://addisonindependent.com/201304clippings-when-jam-toasty-delivers <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> Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> My toaster and I haven&rsquo;t been getting along lately. I don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s wrong. Toasty just hasn&rsquo;t been himself. Now, to be clear, I don&rsquo;t actually call my toaster Toasty in real life. I&rsquo;m not crazy. It just seems like for the purposes of this column it will be easier if I can refer to my toaster by name. I thought about Bob or James or William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor II, but I am sticking with Toasty.</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/16606">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304clippings-when-jam-toasty-delivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Clippings Op-ed Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:20:46 +0000 xian 16606 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: The waiting game can take its toll http://addisonindependent.com/201304jessie-raymond-waiting-game-can-take-its-toll <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> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> The other afternoon I found myself standing next to a lovely young woman. She wore a flowing ankle-length skirt and an expression of pure contentment. Her languid movements and placid countenance reflected the soul of a person who has transcended the pressures of daily life and found a space where time has no meaning.</p> <p> I wanted to kick her in the shins.</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/16603">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304jessie-raymond-waiting-game-can-take-its-toll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Op-ed Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:17:09 +0000 xian 16603 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: A tragedy might possibly end with love http://addisonindependent.com/201304ways-seeing-tragedy-might-possibly-end-love <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> Rebecca Gould </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">Now it&rsquo;s time for the healing to begin. Our community needs closure. Let&rsquo;s make things get back to normal. Today, we will start moving on.</span></p> <p> After every tragedy in a community &mdash; especially those that gain media attention &mdash; we hear these stock phrases. They are well-meaning and they speak to our natural &mdash; sometimes desperate &mdash; hunger for order in the midst of chaos. But, to me, they feel so wrong.</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/16602">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304ways-seeing-tragedy-might-possibly-end-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op-ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:14:11 +0000 xian 16602 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Bridging gaps, building futures: Some live just one paycheck away from homelessness http://addisonindependent.com/201304opinion-bridging-gaps-building-futures-some-live-just-one-paycheck-away-homelessness <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> Jan Demers </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/16601">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304opinion-bridging-gaps-building-futures-some-live-just-one-paycheck-away-homelessness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op-ed Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:12:10 +0000 xian 16601 at http://addisonindependent.com Politically Thinking: Vt. Gas decisions made elsewhere http://addisonindependent.com/201304politically-thinking-vt-gas-decisions-made-elsewhere <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> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Letters to the editor, columns, and editorials in recent issues of the <em>Independent</em> have criticized Vermont Gas Systems for trying to obtain approval of the Addison Natural Gas project without allowing sufficient time for public consultation and revising the proposal in response to public concerns. One reason for this criticism may be that although Vermont Gas Systems has the word &ldquo;Vermont&rdquo; in its name, the gas company is really a subsidiary of a large Canadian energy complex that is owned by an interlocking network of pension funds and gas producers all across Canada.</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/16489">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304politically-thinking-vt-gas-decisions-made-elsewhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Eric Davis Op-ed Vermont Gas Pipeline Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:33:43 +0000 xian 16489 at http://addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Farming Vermont for wind power http://addisonindependent.com/201304between-lines-farming-vermont-wind-power <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>Sometimes it seems like environmentalists have put themselves on such a state of red alert that we can&rsquo;t see a good thing when it&rsquo;s right in front of us.</p> <p> We&rsquo;re so used to fighting every inappropriate intrusion upon Mother Earth, that even the idea of using wind to provide electrical power can seem like a threat.</p> <p> So when they could be organizing to support alternative energy sources such as wind farms, a few environmentalists have decided that because wind power, like any energy source, has some small drawbacks, wind is a bad idea altogether.</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/16487">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304between-lines-farming-vermont-wind-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Op-ed Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:28:36 +0000 xian 16487 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: Bracing for another new challenge http://addisonindependent.com/201304clippings-bracing-another-new-challenge <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> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> As I get older, I&rsquo;m beginning to think my body has been wired backward. Either that, or it&rsquo;s true what they say about the advancing years becoming a second childhood.</p> <p> How else can I explain the onset of some health-related maintenance needs that should have manifested themselves when I was a lot younger?</p> <p> First, my body waited until adulthood before telling me that I &ldquo;needed&rdquo; the mumps. I guess it was Mother Nature&rsquo;s way of having a good laugh at my expense. Kids look cute with chipmunk cheeks; adults &mdash; not so much.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16387">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304clippings-bracing-another-new-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Clippings John Flowers Op-ed Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:49:35 +0000 xian 16387 at http://addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: Bring on the zombie apocalypse http://addisonindependent.com/201304around-bend-bring-zombie-apocalypse <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> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> I know zombies are hot in popular culture right now, but until Sunday night, when I caught part of a Discovery Channel documentary &mdash; with the not-at-all alarming title &ldquo;Zombie Apocalypse&rdquo; &mdash; I had no idea that zombies posed an actual threat.</p> <p> The zombies I know from TV, movies and video games are undead humans who stagger around looking for live brains to eat. They don&rsquo;t generally move very quickly or with much precision and their enunciation is poor at best. But what they lack in agility they make up for in perseverance.</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/16386">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304around-bend-bring-zombie-apocalypse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op-ed Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:47:35 +0000 xian 16386 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: How not to build a natural gas pipeline http://addisonindependent.com/201304community-forum-how-not-build-natural-gas-pipeline <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> Annette Smith </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a grassroots nonprofit organization based in Danby that follows major energy projects throughout the state. Its objective is to bring &ldquo;environmental justice and corporate accountability to Vermont communities.&rdquo; Smith is a paid staff member, and an environmental lobbyist.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> <strong>How Not to Build a Natural Gas Pipeline</strong></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/16379">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304community-forum-how-not-build-natural-gas-pipeline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion community forum Op-ed VGS pipeline Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:34:26 +0000 xian 16379 at http://addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Use these five points to get the best from your yoga http://addisonindependent.com/201304ways-seeing-use-these-five-points-get-best-your-yoga <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> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> While many people find themselves in yoga class because their doctor advised it as a natural way to lower blood pressure or relieve an aching back, the real purpose of yoga is to achieve the blissful state of awakening known as Samadhi.</p> <p> The language of yoga is Sanskrit, the sacred language of India. Akin to the place of Latin and Greek in Europe, Sanskrit is an ancient, refined and ritual language. In the branch of yoga that I study, all postures have a Sanskrit name, and seasoned students learn these names and the postures they stand for.</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/16372">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304ways-seeing-use-these-five-points-get-best-your-yoga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op-ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:23:49 +0000 xian 16372 at http://addisonindependent.com