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Letter to the editor: The 'gun grab' in Vermont has begun

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Daniel J. Monger



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Letter to the editor: Proposed boost in logging won't help Camel's Hump

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By David Brynn



Camel’s Hump is an absolute gem. However, the DRAFT Forest Resource Management Plan suggests significantly increased logging. Why?

It is time to take a different approach that puts more emphasis on forest ecosystem conservation and less emphasis on timber harvest, over-developed recreation, and human control.

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Letter to the editor: Evidence of Trump's incompetence builds

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Alexander Lyall



Those who identify with a Trumpian world should possess sufficient awareness to recognize a problem. How much more evidence will it take? An imbecile-in-chief could be survived were he elected Scout Master of the local troop. Scout Masters, of course, generally possess a moral compass and do not have access to nuclear codes.

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Opinion: Bipartisan support for clean water from an unlikely place — Washington, D.C.

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Zach Cockrum



This week’s Community Forum is by Zach Cockrum, Northeast Director of Conservation Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation and Brian Shupe, Executive Director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council.

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Editorial: Addressing our cultural failure

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The rule of law doesn’t always follow what appears to be common sense. In the Jack Sawyer case, for example, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that just because the 18-year-old wrote in his journal that he was planning to carry out a mass shooting at his former high school in Fair Haven, Vt., that was not enough evidence to hold him without bail on attempted murder charges.

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Jessie Raymond: Growing flax puts new spin on linen

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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This year, I’m growing flax. Not for flowers, not for flaxseed, but for fiber to make linen; you know, like they did in the olden days.

Humor me. This is the kind of thing I do.

I’ve always had this weird fascination with learning obsolete skills once used on the homestead.  According to my psychic, this isn’t surprising; in a past life I was assistant manager of the Sturbridge Village gift shop.

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Greg Dennis: A bolt from the (Chevy) blue

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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If you believe, as many of us do, that climate change means our children will live in a more dangerous and chaotic world, then at some point you’ve got to look in the mirror and wonder about the car you’re driving.

Transportation accounts for Vermont’s greatest contribution to climate change. Carbon pollution from cars and (especially) trucks means that for every historically destructive hurricane — think Puerto Rico — every driver is driving those storms to be a little bigger.

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Ways of Seeing: Internet has changed curating rules

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Kate Gridley



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Language evolves. You can find any number of interesting articles on words whose meanings have changed radically over time (“awful,” “clue,” “naughty,” are good examples). With the Internet insinuating itself into most aspects of our lives, slews of words have changed in the brief span of pre-internet time to internet-now: “troll,” “ping,” “handle,” “cloud,” “catfish,” “tablet,” “pad” come to mind.

“Curate” is the word on my mind today.

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Victor Nuovo: Condorcet: A Tale of Two Revolutions

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

Condorcet, a leading philosopher in the French Revolution, believed that he was living in a revolutionary age — the “rights of man,” of life, liberty, equality and property had so caught fire in the minds of people that they could no longer ignore or endure the oppressive wrongs of their governments.

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Letter to the editor: Assault weapons aren't 'Vt. way'

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Beth Ekroos



I am a teacher in an Addison County school. I come from two very large families that needed hunting and nature to sustain them. I am familiar with guns and know how to shoot them. My founding families did not need assault weapons to put food on their table. If you feel that you need assault weapons to provide for your family maybe you need glasses and shouldn’t be driving, as well.

Assault weapons is not the Vermont way. I did not become a teacher to be able to carry weapon to work.

Beth Ekroos

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