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Greg Dennis: I Volted: The how and why of EVs

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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It’s foolish to think that we can buy our way out of the climate crisis. But for those of us who lose sleep over what climate change will mean for the planet, getting an electric vehicle is one way to feel like we’re doing something.

The recent U.N. report says it will take massive, systemic changes in energy to avoid the extreme heat, poverty, rising sea levels and food insecurity that will otherwise be our fate by 2030.

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UPDATED: Greg Dennis: 'Trump' weighs in on county elections

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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UPDATED:

With the election less than two weeks away, I sat down recently with President Donald Trump for another of our intermittent (and imaginary) political “discussions.”

GD: Mr. President, I understand you’ve taken a surprising amount of interest in the Addison County State Senate race. Why is that?

DT: You’ve got this guy Paul Ralston in the race. He’s a lot like me.

GD: How so?

DT: Well, he saw the light. He used to be a Democrat and now he’s a Republican.

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Greg Dennis: Revisiting Justice Kavanaugh and Sen. Leahy

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
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As Justice Brett Kavanaugh hears his first case on the Supreme Court this week, it’s worth looking back at the role played by Vermont’s longtime senator, Patrick Leahy, in his staunch opposition to confirming Kavanaugh.

No senator shined as brightly as Leahy did during the confirmation battle. The senator, now 78, has slowed down in recent years. But in his sometimes angry and ultimately convincing opposition to having Kavanaugh on the court, he showed that even aging lions can roar magnificently.

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Greg Dennis: Passions running high in State Senate race

Posted on September 27, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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Call it the Trump Effect.

As political passions run high approaching the national midterm elections, some of that tension seems to be drifting into our normally low-key legislative races. Ground zero for that is the race for our county’s two State Senate seats.

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Greg Dennis: Hard questions for liberals

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
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“It is understandable why so few people attempt shadow work. It is much easier to scapegoat others, blame and feel superior to them… But therein is the moral task — to grow up and to lift this burden that we bring to the collective, to free our children, our partners, our tribe.”

— James Hollis, “Why Good People Do Bad Things”

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Greg Dennis: 'Rise for Climate' set for Sept. 8

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
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President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement left many people with the impression there’s not much America could do about global warming until we get a new administration.

But now an international climate conference — and thousands of local events planned ahead of that gathering — are giving new hope to those who see climate change as a moral issue and a mortal threat to civilization.

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Greg Dennis: When age isn't just a number

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
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They say age is just a number. Perhaps so. But some numbers matter more than others.

Your teeth start coming in before you’re one. Most children lose their last baby teeth by age 12.

Five is when you toddle off to kindergarten — or, increasingly so if you’re a boy, it’s age six because boys, well, we’re slower.

Ten seems like a big age because you’re at last in double digits. It never occurs to you that someday you might make it into triple digits.

I kissed my first girl at age 12. Thank you, Judy Rotach.

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Greg Dennis: Antidotes for the daily Trump-aches

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
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In almost every conversation with friends these days, there comes a time when we have to decide the same question: Are we going to talk about Trump?

The man’s actions are so outrageous that they sometimes demand a response. So we spend a few minutes fulminating about the latest outrage — Trump’s alienating allies we need in a dangerous world; bailing out of the Paris agreement to combat climate change; lying about even the most obvious facts.

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Greg Dennis: The flatlanders' guide to local history

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
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With the tourist season upon us, thousands of flatlanders are in the process of invading Vermont. It would be nice if they returned home from their vacations with an understanding of Vermont history that extends beyond Ethan Allen furniture. So, I offer the following tongue-in-cheek guide to local spots of historical significance.

 

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Greg Dennis: When the hippies took over Vermont

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
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I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go?

I’m going to some place where I’ve never been before.

 

I’m going where the water tastes like wine.

We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time.

— “Going Up the Country,” written by Alan Wilson and made famous by Canned Heat

 

 

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