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Greg Dennis: Going a month without drinking

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



By one definition of the word, we are all addicted to something or other. Food. Sex. Exercise followed by Advil. Recreational drugs. 

Alcohol.

When it comes to booze, I’ve never been much of a take-it-or-leave-it kind of guy. I’ve pretty much always taken it.

In moderation. But regularly.

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Gregory Dennis: Wind energy unites enviros and farmers

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



Environmentalists and advocates for property rights are used to being at odds. Enviros put a priority on preventing damage to the ecosystems that support us. Property rights people are accustomed to reminding us that there should be limits to what the government can force owners to do.

But as Vermont moves haltingly toward cleaner energy, Greens and some property rights advocates, especially farmers, now find themselves on the same side.

These days they’re making common cause around an unlikely topic: wind energy.

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Gregory Dennis: Imaginary Trump talk warms up

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



I recently had a chance to sit down (in my imagination) with President Donald Trump to discuss the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C.

The march brought an estimated 200,000 people to the streets of the nation’s capital to protest Trump Administration policies that push for burning more coal, oil and gas. There were scores of similar events around the globe, including in Montpelier.

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Gregory Dennis: To-do lists, human and otherwise

Posted on April 20, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



On a walk this past weekend, I found this to-do list on the side of the trail where someone had accidentally dropped it:

•  Taxes

•  Silicone bathroom

•  Order locks

•  Look into vacations

•  Respond to Pam dinner invite. We bring salad.

•  Ski

•  Fidelity retirement

•  Research Roth versus traditional IRA

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Gregory Dennis: Finding the 'possible' in fossil fuel divestment

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



The old saying goes that politics is the art of the possible.

Nowhere has that been more apparent in Vermont politics than in the battle over fossil fuel divestment.

The global effort to divest major institutions out of fossil fuels — to sell off any assets they held in coal, gas and oil companies — began on college campuses six years ago.

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Gregory Dennis: Protest gives food for thought

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



The events around author Charles Murray’s appearance on the Middlebury College campus have convulsed not just the campus but the community.

As news reports and commentaries have distributed word of the unruly crowd that blocked Murray’s speech, the events have taken on national significance.

There’s too much to be said about these events — which included a physical attack upon Murray and college personnel — to fit it all into one column. So I’ll offer just four points.

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Gregory Dennis: Days and nights with a naked lady

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



I’ve been playing a lot lately with a naked lady.

Well, she’s not completely naked. She’s wearing a G string. Also A, D and B strings, and a high and low E string, too.

When the Montreal-based guitar company Mackenzie & Marr decided several years ago to honor folk and western singer-songwriter Ian Tyson with a signature guitar line, the Ian Tyson Limited Edition quickly sold out.

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Greg Dennis: Coping and hoping in the Trump era

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



It’s inevitable that when a presidential candidate wins by 2.9 million votes — and is still denied the presidency — there will be a lot of disappointed people. When that candidate is a woman who seemed on the verge of making history, the disappointment has turned into heartbreak for many Americans.

That’s especially true here in Vermont, where Hillary Clinton outpolled Donald Trump by more than 26 points.

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Gregory Dennis: What liberals don't get about conservatives

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



As we turn the page to another year — and liberals gaze with fear upon the Trump Presidency — it’s worth contemplating how we got here. What fueled the car that has driven us to the edge of a cliff?

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Between the lines: Christmas music, from Dylan to Death Row

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



No holiday has inspired more music — and groans about its omnipresence — than Christmas.

It used to be the holiday music started in stores the day after Thanksgiving. This year I heard holiday harmonies on the day after Halloween. Talk about feeling haunted…

But in spite of the insipid nature of most Christmas music, every year we believers and nonbelievers at some point fall prey to its charms. Even the Scrooges among us put on a few tunes come Christmas Eve.

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