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September 11th, 2014
I was in fifth grade on Sept. 11, 2001. It was a Tuesday, and that meant gym class. Wearing our standard school uniform (navy blue sweatpants and white t-shirts), we walked single file with gym sneakers gripped to our chests to the local recreation center in downtown Brattleboro.
We returned to our desks two hours later to find the nation in a state of emergency.
Dear Fine Gardening magazine,
It is with great sadness that I request that you cancel my entry in your Gardener of the Year contest, Vegetable Division. Turns out, I don’t stand a chance.
We’re still marching in the streets
With little victories and big defeats
—Joan Baez, “To Bobby”
Baez wrote those lyrics to her old boyfriend Bob Dylan more than 40 years ago. And sadly, they’re still true today.
The climate change movement certainly knows about little victories and big defeats.
This week’s writer is William Benton, mayor of the city of Vergennes.
Vergennes was settled in 1766 by a Scotsman named Donald MacIntosh. The City of Vergennes was incorporated in 1788 and is the third oldest city in New England.
The Addison Independent recently reported that the federal government has committed $45 million on the cleanup of Lake Champlain in Vermont. Our great lake is worth it and I applaud this bold initiative.
As election season ramps up, I want to urge voters to fully evaluate their options before checking a box on Nov. 4. Here in Vermont, we have one of the oldest legislatures in the country and as a young citizen I believe it’s time to bring a fresh perspective to the statehouse. While age and experience can often define a successful politician, a prolonged stay in any job can stifle new ideas or solutions to reoccurring problems.
In “Field Day is all about soil conservation,” published Thursday, Sept. 4, Zach Despart writes about local farmers meeting to talk about cover crops and no-till farming. I was happy to learn that more farmers are working in ways that are better for the land, water and climate.
Here are some ideas for the World “Security” Act. They are the same words that emerge in my daily prayers. May these aspects be present in our lives: food, clean water, home, health, hope, family, self, community, compassion, worthwhile work, education, joy, beauty, music, spiritual journey, love, kindness, forgiveness, respect, dignity, gratitude, patience, courage… Add on what you think we all need.