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Opinion: Chemicals used in no-till farming

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Anna Rose Benson



In “Field Day is all about soil conservation,” published Thursday, Sept. 4, Zach Despart writes about local farmers meeting to talk about cover crops and no-till farming. I was happy to learn that more farmers are working in ways that are better for the land, water and climate.

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Opinion: Ideas offered for world security

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Here are some ideas for the World “Security” Act. They are the same words that emerge in my daily prayers. May these aspects be present in our lives: food, clean water, home, health, hope, family, self, community, compassion, worthwhile work, education, joy, beauty, music, spiritual journey, love, kindness, forgiveness, respect, dignity, gratitude, patience, courage… Add on what you think we all need.

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Editorial: Are authoritarians winning due to democracy's tainted image?

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By The Herald of Randolph



We all know that stalemate in Washington, D.C., especially in Congress, over the past few years has tarnished our opinion of the government we once were so proud of.

A recent article in “The New York Review,” however, makes a sobering case that our problems in governance are contributing to a realignment of the global balance between democracies and authoritarian governments throughout the world.

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Community Forum: New policy needed to fight ISIS

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Haviland Smith



This week’s writer is Haviland Smith of Williston, a retired CIA station chief who served in East and West Europe and the Middle East, and as chief of the counterterrorism staff.

With its meteoric military rise, its leadership, management and financing, the newest terrorist scourge facing the world is ISIS. Operating in what is clearly a political vacuum in northeast Syria and western Iraq and benefitting from the studied indifference of most of the Muslim world, ISIS is clearly on a roll.

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Opinion: Protestors acted appropriately at Vt. Gas CEO's home

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Mary Martin



When people get frustrated and feel they are not being heard they may use tactics that not everyone supports. But that should not distract us from the meaning of last Friday evening’s action in Hinesburg to oppose the fracked gas pipeline.

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Opinion: Battle against GMOs justified

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Randy Kritkausky



Gregory Dennis’s “Between the Lines” column (Aug. 28) challenging liberal doctrine is a laudable example of one Vermonter’s willingness to respectfully challenge widespread dogma. In that same spirit, I would like to clarify reasons for concern about GMOs that transcend political ideology.

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Opinion: Be wary of telephone scam

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Kim P. Loewer



Addison County taxpayers should take note of the latest telephone scam designed to separate them from their hard-earned cash — an IRS impersonation scam. According to a press release sent to tax professionals, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.

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Editorial: Drug busts and the public's role

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The story of Bristol police busting a sizable drug operation last Friday offers several teachable moments to the general community.

First, it costs money to be vigilant 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support the police to the level that is appropriate within your community.

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Editorial: Micro-grids are a revolution coming

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The most exciting news story of the week was the announcement by Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power, that the utility and NRG Energy, Inc. of New Jersey were partnering to test the viability of micro-grids in Vermont. The idea is the type of revolutionary thinking that could provide long-term energy security at a local, regional and national level, while also improving long-term political and economic stability.

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