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Greg Dennis: Climate movement's secret weapon — fun!

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



World leaders are meeting at the U.N. this week, in the wake of Sunday’s historic People’s Climate March — which filled the streets of Manhattan with more than 400,000 people calling for action to curb climate change.

U.N. conference rooms will be filled with ponderous discussions, hard negotiations and perhaps a bit of progress toward a new global treaty to fight what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

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Community Forum: Teacher's win could help many

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



This week’s writer is Andy Kirkaldy, an Independent reporter who has covered education in the Vergennes area for two decades.

A major shift in the way Vermont schools must deliver education is looming, and there is a way for Vermonters to help our schools adapt — by supporting a single Vergennes teacher with 30 seconds of their time.

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Editorial: Should solar projects have more public input?

Posted on September 22, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s a comment by a Vermont solar company executive that offers as much hope as it presents concern: “In the future, solar panels are going to be as ubiquitous as barns and silos, and we should be working toward it, not against it.”

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Editorial: Climate march is one way to turn the tide, win the battle

Posted on September 18, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As organizers of the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City prepare for the 100,000 people expected to participate in this coming Saturday’s march, here’s the takeaway comment from one of the world’s leading climate change advocates: We’ve won the argument, says Ripton resident and Middlebury College scholar in residence Bill McKibben, but we’re losing the fight.

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Clippings: Airline travel — going nowhere fast

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Trent Campbell



I flew commercially to the Midwest this summer and it will probably not come as a shock to hear that a couple of my flights did not go well. It seems like everyone has bad flying stories these days. In the not too distant future it may be a newsflash when a flight actually goes smoothly. I can just see the news crawl during “Good Morning America” — “Vermont man makes connection and arrives to Duluth on time. Passenger enjoys complimentary peanuts and declares seat very comfortable.”

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Opinion: Phase I pipeline can't be called a transitional project

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Rev. Barnaby Feder



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Opinion: Tractor pull has negative effects

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Wayne Michaud



As recently reported in the Addison Independent, the Addison County Benefit Tractor Pull is surely a benefit for local families in need. But the image in the article showing a truck participating in the tractor pull belching out black diesel soot shows that this event is a serious detriment as well.

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Opinion: Shumlin minces words on fuel

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Stanley Grzyb



Gov. Shumlin, you have been a vocal proponent of the Gaz Métro Vermont Gas Phase II proposal, which will carry fracked gas from Alberta, Canada, through Addison County to the Ticonderoga, N.Y., International Paper mill. Ninety nine and six-tenths percent of this gas would not serve a single Vermont household. I would like to remind you of some of your public statements regarding this issue.

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Opinion: Assistance programs don't meet all recipients' needs

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Libby Berry



I’m having a serious issue with the programs available to Vermonters during difficult times in their lives.

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