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Politically Thinking: Missteps weaken Obama's hand

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



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Between the Lines: When a man's fancy turns to lawn mowing

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



Is it just me, or can springtime seem a little overwhelming?

I get the part about how green and warm and wonderful it is. I’m reveling in it.

Even my cat is juiced about spring.

When I wouldn’t let him out one recent morning, he launched himself from an open second-story window and landed on the stone patio, 15 feet below. I found him down there, no worse the wear for his Superman imitation, licking his paws and purring.

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Opinion: Should Legislature have access to tax returns

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By William Sayre



This week’s writer is William Sayre of Bristol, an economist formerly with the Federal Reserve and a commentator on Ethan Allen Institute’s Common Sense Radio, broadcasting from WDEV radio in Waterbury.

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Community Forum: Middle East policy missteps abound

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



More than two years have passed since a Tunisian man immolated himself and launched what became known as the Arab Spring. While the changes set in motion by the various uprisings in the Arab world remain works in progress, it might still be revealing to examine the role played by U.S. involvement and foreign policy in shaping events.

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The Outside Story: For the pussy willow, spring is it’s time to shine

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Virginia Barlow



Last fall, I went to a nearby wetland with a pair of clippers and cut twigs from one willow shrub after another. It wasn’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.

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Clippings: Just rollin' along, singin' a song

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By John McCright



I’ve stumbled onto an unexpected joy of parenting: singing with my children.

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Jessie Raymond: Redialing opinion on smartphone

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



As a person who considers herself (a) frugal and (b) skeptical of new technology, I have a confession to make.

I want a smartphone. Desperately.

This admission gets two reactions. The first, from people who sometimes don’t even look up from their own phones as they respond, is, “Well, duh.” The other, the one that echoed my own sentiments until a few weeks ago, is, “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?”

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Legislative Report: Rep. Paul Ralston explains 'End of Life' vote

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Paul Ralston



Last week, the House passed a strike-all amendment to S.77 and sent it back to the Senate. In the end, I voted “no” on the bill.

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Opinion: Pick up after your pets

Posted on May 6, 2013 |
By Lisa Liotta



This week’s writer is Lisa Liotta, park ranger at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester.

The Scoop on Poop

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. 

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Clippings by John S. McCright: Just one of 183,000; but a special one

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



The other day I heard some self-obsessed celebrity on the radio say that if you googled his first name a reference to him turned up on the first page of the Internet search engine’s results. I thought it would be fun to see how high I would come up when I googled my first name. Alas, my first name is not unusual; in fact it is one of the least unusual names in the English language.

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