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Community forum: Hope springs for Vermont agriculture

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Leonard Bull



This week’s writer is Leonard Bull, a retired professor and chair of Animal Sciences at UVM, and then head of Animal Science at North Carolina State University where he was also a university administrator. He is currently chair of the Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board, and lives in New Haven.

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Politically Thinking: State must find way to fund road repairs

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Funding the state’s transportation program is a major issue on the agenda of this year’s legislative session. Since 2000, miles traveled on Vermont’s roads have increased by 13 percent, but annual gasoline and diesel fuel tax revenues are the same today as they were 12 years ago. As Vermonters have replaced gas-guzzlers with more fuel efficient vehicles, the new vehicles use less fuel per mile. Thus, gas and diesel taxes, which are the principal sources of revenue for the state’s Transportation Fund, are not keeping up with the wear and tear on the roads.

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Between the Lines: Tar sands and Town Meeting Day

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small — how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.

But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.

This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting “tar sands” oil through Vermont?

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Between the Lines: Tar sands and Town Meeting Day

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



Vermont town meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small — how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example.

But sometimes the matters brought to town meeting are global and large. Many towns, for example, voiced their opposition to the continuing war in Iraq in 2005.

This year, a number of Vermont towns will be considering another big question with global implications: Should they go on record as opposing a proposal to pipe highly polluting “tar sands” oil through Vermont?

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Community Forum: Let's put children first

Posted on January 7, 2013 |
By Bruce Lisman



Our education system is among the best in the country. On that strength, Campaign for Vermont suggests we set our sights even higher.

We rank among the 10 best education systems in America That’s good, but we are in a country that now ranks outside of the top 20 internationally. That means Vermont ranks about 30th in the world. Our high school graduates have a lower college graduation rate than we expect; and evidence mounts that in Vermont, like in the rest of America, children of the poor often remain trapped in poverty, despite the education provided them. 

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Clippings: Look for wind turbines in our future

Posted on January 3, 2013 |
By John McCright



Maybe you are like me, and when you see one of those huge wind generators rising above the landscape you enjoy the beauty of the design and the good feeling of knowing the power it produces is not contributing to global warming or despoiling nature.

Or, maybe you are like me, and when you see one or many of those huge wind generators looming above the landscape you are disquieted by the fear that these industrial hulks are diminishing the pristine views of our Green Mountains and despoiling the natural habitat in which they are raised.

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Around the bend: Holiday brought full range of stress

Posted on January 3, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



As it is, I get pretty stressed out around the holidays. So, had I been able to choose the optimal time for my kitchen range to burst into flames, I would not have picked the week before Christmas.

It’s a frantic time of year anyway, when I get so distracted that I do things like forget appointments and put the Kleenex in the fridge and the milk in the linen closet. But this year was particularly crazy.

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Ways of Seeing: Grieving through tragedy with yoga

Posted on December 27, 2012 |
By Joanna Colwell



Practicing Yoga While Grieving a Tragedy

On the Saturday after the Sandy Hook shootings, I taught two silent yoga classes. I demonstrated the posture, the students watched me and then held the pose until they heard me ring a bell. At the sound of the bell, they watched me demonstrate the next pose. I looked around the room at these dedicated yoga students, each processing their grief in different ways. We were practicing yoga, breathing together, some of us crying.

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Clippings: Of holidays and family business

Posted on December 27, 2012 |
By Lisa Gosselin Lynn



Hush Dad, it’s Christmas… Let’s not talk business,” I whispered. It was Tuesday afternoon and wrapping paper was flying as 16 members of our extended clan tore through a pile of presents that seemed to take up most of our 850-square-foot cabin high in the Green Mountains.

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Between the Lines: Books: My picks and pans of 2012

Posted on December 27, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



There are few things as boring as a dinner party where the dominant subject of discussion is what movies we’ve all seen. We’re all just casual moviegoers offering up pablum about how great Meryl Streep is and wasn’t the scenery pretty.

But a dinner gathering where the discussion turns to books? That’s my kind of party.

A conversation like that forces us to actually use our brains. To offer an informed view of why the novel we just finished was so remarkable, or what was lacking in the memoir that preceded it.

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