Greg Dennis

03/05/2020
When Vermonters switch over to drive electric vehicles and even electric tractors, what happens to our local garages and auto parts stores? EVs have fewer moving parts to go bad and need far fewer repairs. How will these businesses adapt and survive? Transitions like that are just one of the many questions the county’s businesses will face in the future. As we experience far greater changes in the climate, our businesses will need to change, and we’ll be forced to adapt. Will people who rely on maple sugaring for some of their livelihood still be able to do so, as warming pushes maple trees...
02/20/2020
Fear not, my fellow liberals: Donald Trump is a one-term president. If you believe, as I do, that anyone who says they know what will happen in the 2020 presidential election actually has no idea what will happen, then you can happily ignore the first sentence of this column. But if you endlessly speculate about November, then this one is for you. And for all of us who lose sleep over the fact that Donald Trump is still president. Sometimes we lose sleep over Trump’s personal failings — the incoherent rambling; the personal attacks on women, journalists, decorated military veterans, and even...
02/06/2020
We were booting up in the main lodge at Sugarbush on a recent weekday when Carol looked around at our fellow skiers. There was a lot of gray hair. Ever the joker, she wanted to know, “Do only old people ski here?” On weekdays, I said, that’s pretty much the crowd at Sugarbush. The resort’s popular Boomer Pass — colloquially known as “the Geezer Pass” — makes it possible for anyone 65 and older to ski on all non-holiday weekdays through the season. For the bargain price of $169 for the entire season, the Boomer Pass has got to be the best value in all of American skiing. By comparison, a full...
01/23/2020
Many of you (by which I mean none of you) have been asking how things are going with my presidential campaign. Today I’m happy to announce that to avoid confusion with another candidate from Vermont —I think his name is Benji something — I am changing my name to “The Anti Trump.” More on that below, after I solve all the problems in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — states that I have chosen randomly and not in any way because they have an early caucus or primary. Well, I won’t really try to solve the problems in Iowa and Nevada. They have entirely too much corn and sand for...
12/26/2019
We’re accustomed to bad news about climate change. But as we round into 2020, the news ain’t all bad. While Vermont is nowhere near meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse-gas pollution — in fact our pollution levels are rising — we made some big political progress this year. Let’s start at the grassroots. In April, 350Vermont organized a dramatic 65-mile climate walk from Middlebury to Montpelier. The goal: Demonstrate to the Legislature and governor that Vermonters want meaningful, rapid action on climate. Hundreds of people did part or all of the walk — a surprising number walking every step...
12/19/2019
I normally read Greg Dennis’s opinion pieces with a wry smile, impressed by his ability to poke fun both at himself and others in a light manner. But not this time. Yes, partly it was because Greg in the guest editorial in Monday’s newspaper was skewering me and mine who oppose the development of college-owned land on South Street Extension for solar collection. But partly it was because this article was lopsided, mean-spirited ridicule of those who disagree with him. We could debate whether this is “greatly needed.” We could debate whether we are “small.” But what is not debatable is that we...
12/16/2019
It’s the season of joy and light. And among the most heartening local developments this year has been the proposal for a greatly needed solar energy field off South Street Extension in Middlebury.  Yet a small, vocal group of people warn us that we should see solar energy as dark and foreboding — if we can even actually see the carefully screened solar panels in the distance. These doomsayers claim that clean, green, locally produced energy might in fact destroy our local landscape. Maybe it’s better that we get our energy from “some other place,” such as fracked gas that releases dangerous...
12/12/2019
When I was a little 15-year-old, the powers-that-be in my small town decided to consolidate our schools. It caused a lot of anguish for many parents, who were suddenly faced with seeing their children schooled in a different building in a different town. Consolidation also prompted students to scream. Those of us on the basketball team didn’t want to exchange our proud blue-and-white uniforms for purple-and-gold, and neither did the cheerleaders. (No girls’ teams in those days.) But the financial arguments prevailed, and we went from being Blue Devils to Golden Eagles. Goodbye Clyde Central...
11/14/2019
My neighbor and I are at the northwest corner of my three acres, clearing out buckthorn. We stack that prickly invasive into piles of brambly cover for birds and other critters. We’re clearing out the buckthorn to provide a more gracious procession of big oak trees into our neighboring properties. But we also have other quarry, in the shape of dead elm trees that will fuel our woodstoves for a couple of winters to come. It’s a time-honored Vermont tradition: neighbors working together to keep themselves warm. But the emerging science suggests that burning wood may not be such a good idea. We’...
10/31/2019
I’ve been patient, I really have. I don’t bring it up with friends anymore. I no longer ask strangers for donations. But my campaign is going nowhere. So I figure it’s time to make some noise. Starting with this reminder to the Lamestream Media: I’m running for president. Of the United States. Close observers of my campaign, if there are any, will recall that I announced my candidacy right after Joe Sestak entered the race. Sestak was the 24th Democrat to run for president this time around. He’s a former Navy admiral and was a member of Congress from Pennsylvania. He said he delayed launching...

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