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The Outside Story: Northern species of flying squirrels differ from the southern

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Madeline Bodin



The calls come in all winter, said Paul DeBow of DeBow Wildlife Service in Plymouth, N.H. If there is no snow, the peak will be in January or February, when it’s the coldest. Some people think the animals they hear partying in the attic are chipmunks, he says. Chipmunks in the attic in the middle of winter. But they are not.

Chipmunks, DeBow explained, hibernate in winter and what homeowners are probably hearing are flying squirrels. Because flying squirrels are nocturnal, few people ever see them.

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Editorial: President hails a sea of change

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



President Obama’s inaugural speech put aside America’s highly vaunted individualism and instead appealed to the nation’s kinder and more socially conscious instincts.

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Ways of Seeing: Accepting your body as it is can be perfect yoga

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



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Politically Thinking: Will eloquence lead to more equality?

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



The most enduring inaugural addresses in American history — Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy — have all been first inaugurals that marked a change in the political direction of the nation. Only Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural, delivered in March 1865, just a few weeks before the end of the Civil War and the re-elected president’s own assassination, is counted among the great speeches in American history.

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Clippings: Obama’s speech prompts musings

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



After listening to Obama’s second inaugural address Monday, I found myself thinking about activism. In the speech, which was called “progressive” by various media outlets, the President touched on past social movements (Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall) and mentioned the one that — after a summer of Colorado burning non-stop, and Sandy wiping out seaside towns along the East Coast the week before the General Election — is finally holding the nation’s attention these days: the climate movement.

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Between the Lines: On climate, divestment as investment

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s an esoteric-sounding word echoing across campuses and board rooms this winter.

Like many colleges and universities across the country, Middlebury College is suddenly facing demands from students, faculty and alumni about “divestment”: withdrawing investments from companies whose primary business is the production and sale of fossil fuels. UVM is facing similar demands.

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Editorial: Child care proposal gets most from limited state funding

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



One of Gov. Shumlin’s most far-reaching, and controversial, proposals in his State-of-the-State Address was suggesting the state divert $16.7 million from a tax credit for low-income Vermonters to fund a doubling of child care subsidies for low-income residents.

Critics of the proposal have fallen back on an old refrain: that it doesn’t make sense to rob Peter to pay Paul. Why reduce one subsidy that helps Vermont’s poor, and allocate those same funds into another program?

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Community forum: State can make gains in thermal efficiency

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Sandra Levine



This week’s writer is Sandra Levine, senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation.

The Time is Right for Affordable Heat

Vermont is poised to take a big bite out of the high cost and pollution of heating our homes and businesses. Slashing a full one-quarter of both lies within our reach. Now is the time to act.

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Guest editorial: Egypt on the cusp of change

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



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

Egypt on cusp of change

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Clippings by Andy Kirkaldy: First the guns, then the cars ... or not

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I’m not trying to scare business away from my good friends at Vermont Field Sports, who tell me they always see sales spike when gun control hits the news, but it’s safe to say the state’s law-abiding hunters can breathe easy. No one is coming for their rifles, or is going to pass a law that says they can’t buy newer, better ones.

That’s not really the point of the current discussion on guns — and, make no mistake about it, it’s time to talk.

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