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Gregory Dennis: In 2016 Progressives shut down Vermont

Posted on October 3, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



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Greg Dennis: The tweet life, 140 characters long

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



When Twitter announced it was planning to sell stock to the public and make its founders richer than God, millions of people responded to the news by wondering, “How can a company named after bird sounds be worth $10 billion?”

Millions of other people scratched their heads and wondered, “What in the world is Twitter?”

It’s a social networking (or, if you prefer, “microblogging”) service that until recently limited users to 140-character messages. Photos are now possible, but most users stick with word updates.

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Greg Dennis: College fails to lead on divestment

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



Middlebury College has made enormous contributions to the well-being of Addison County. That’s all the more reason why its hasty decision not to divest out of fossil fuel companies “at this time” is so puzzling.

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Gregory Dennis: From the Big Lebowski to green burial

Posted on September 2, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s a classic scene near the end of “The Big Lebowski” — the best bowling movie ever — where The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and Walter (John Goodman) stand on an ocean cliff. They’ve clambered out there to spread the cremated ashes of Donnie, their recently deceased friend and bowling partner.

But it’s windy out there. When Walter releases Donnie’s remains after a hilariously inappropriate soliloquy, the breeze blasts the ashes directly onto The Dude’s face — where they stick into a pasty mask.

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Greg Dennis: A college gift worth considering

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s an old saying that you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

It comes to mind now that Middlebury College has offered two interconnected gifts to the town. To simplify the terms, these gifts come in the form of most of the money to build a new municipal building and gym, while also paving the way for an appealing transition between Main Street and the Marble Works.

Those steps would, at an apparently affordable cost to Middlebury taxpayers, substantially improve downtown Middlebury, its recreational facilities and its town offices.

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Greg Dennis: Making a wish list for spring

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



My current springtime list of things to do starts with this small mountain:

•  Buy electric lawnmower.

•  Mow grass the thickness of dreadlocks.

•  Regret that I didn’t buy a bigger electric lawnmower.

•  Try to remember where I stored my bicycle and summer car tires.

•  Send fly rod for repairs after I jammed it in a car window.

•  Buy new fishing waders to replace the ones that balloon into fat-man pants every time I step into a river.

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Between the Lines: Finding human foibles in the police log

Posted on February 7, 2013 | Blog Category:
By Gregory Dennis



If you’re a regular reader of this newspaper, no doubt you have at least occasionally looked at the police logs — those summaries of the human foibles around the county.

I take a perverse comfort in reading these accounts. No matter how badly I’ve behaved on a particular day, no matter how disagreeable or inconsiderate I’ve been, it never rises to the level of the someone taking American flags from the town green. Or those people who steal license plates and use them to obscure their identities so they can pump gas and then drive off without paying.

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Between the Lines: On climate, divestment as investment

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s an esoteric-sounding word echoing across campuses and board rooms this winter.

Like many colleges and universities across the country, Middlebury College is suddenly facing demands from students, faculty and alumni about “divestment”: withdrawing investments from companies whose primary business is the production and sale of fossil fuels. UVM is facing similar demands.

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Between the Lines: Christmas for Christians - and Jews, too?

Posted on December 13, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



Is Christmas a Christian holiday?

Maybe the people who keep urging us to put the Christ back in Christmas have a point. At a time when a growing number of Americans identify with no religious institution, we’ve lost much of the holiday’s religious value.

But many historians believe the historical Jesus was born in the spring. The timing and some of the rituals of modern-day Christmas (e.g., the tree hauled in from the forest) appropriate pagan, solstice celebrations for the purposes of the dominant religious paradigm of our time.

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Between The Lines: Kitchen confidential and the eating season

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



 

Tis the season for eating. And therefore, tis also the season for cooking.

I can’t help but notice that my favorite cooks (i.e., anyone willing to make me a meal) have particularly strong preferences when it comes to how things are done in their kitchen.

A kindly woman can turn ferocious when guarding her kitchen. Not even a glass of water may be filled within the confines of her kingdom without permission, lest the wrong glass be filled or water be drawn from the tap when there’s filtered water on hand.

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