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Gregory Dennis: To-do lists, human and otherwise

Posted on April 20, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



On a walk this past weekend, I found this to-do list on the side of the trail where someone had accidentally dropped it:

•  Taxes

•  Silicone bathroom

•  Order locks

•  Look into vacations

•  Respond to Pam dinner invite. We bring salad.

•  Ski

•  Fidelity retirement

•  Research Roth versus traditional IRA

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Gregory Dennis: Finding the 'possible' in fossil fuel divestment

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



The old saying goes that politics is the art of the possible.

Nowhere has that been more apparent in Vermont politics than in the battle over fossil fuel divestment.

The global effort to divest major institutions out of fossil fuels — to sell off any assets they held in coal, gas and oil companies — began on college campuses six years ago.

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Gregory Dennis: Protest gives food for thought

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



The events around author Charles Murray’s appearance on the Middlebury College campus have convulsed not just the campus but the community.

As news reports and commentaries have distributed word of the unruly crowd that blocked Murray’s speech, the events have taken on national significance.

There’s too much to be said about these events — which included a physical attack upon Murray and college personnel — to fit it all into one column. So I’ll offer just four points.

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Gregory Dennis: Days and nights with a naked lady

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



I’ve been playing a lot lately with a naked lady.

Well, she’s not completely naked. She’s wearing a G string. Also A, D and B strings, and a high and low E string, too.

When the Montreal-based guitar company Mackenzie & Marr decided several years ago to honor folk and western singer-songwriter Ian Tyson with a signature guitar line, the Ian Tyson Limited Edition quickly sold out.

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Greg Dennis: Coping and hoping in the Trump era

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



It’s inevitable that when a presidential candidate wins by 2.9 million votes — and is still denied the presidency — there will be a lot of disappointed people. When that candidate is a woman who seemed on the verge of making history, the disappointment has turned into heartbreak for many Americans.

That’s especially true here in Vermont, where Hillary Clinton outpolled Donald Trump by more than 26 points.

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Gregory Dennis: What liberals don't get about conservatives

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



As we turn the page to another year — and liberals gaze with fear upon the Trump Presidency — it’s worth contemplating how we got here. What fueled the car that has driven us to the edge of a cliff?

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Between the lines: Christmas music, from Dylan to Death Row

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



No holiday has inspired more music — and groans about its omnipresence — than Christmas.

It used to be the holiday music started in stores the day after Thanksgiving. This year I heard holiday harmonies on the day after Halloween. Talk about feeling haunted…

But in spite of the insipid nature of most Christmas music, every year we believers and nonbelievers at some point fall prey to its charms. Even the Scrooges among us put on a few tunes come Christmas Eve.

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Greg Dennis: Trump, God and pipe bombs

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



A friend of mine is a longtime cashier at the Middlebury co-op. She says last Wednesday, Nov. 9, was the toughest workday that she can recall there.

The co-op cash register is as much a social gathering as a place for financial transactions. So my friend’s workday last Wednesday was filled with a procession of grieving liberals dismayed by Donald Trump’s “victory” in the presidential election.

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Greg Dennis: Town fight vs. solar array is wasteful

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



So it’s come to this.

The selectboard in New Haven is spending taxpayer money tilting at windmills. Well, actually, tilting at solar panels.

The board is using public money to ask the Vermont Supreme Court to overturn approval of an appropriately sited, state-approved solar energy project in the town.

The board and a minority of New Haven residents have criticized solar projects in the town for being too visible from Route 7. These projects, they worry, can disrupt valley and mountain views.

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Greg Dennis: Is 'Trumpmania' a media phenomenon or news?

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



Has the media’s obsession with Donald Trump gone too far?

On the cable news networks, it’s often All Trump, All the Time. That has prompted the media’s critics — who are never in short supply — to question this obsession with the coarse braggart who is leading the Republican presidential race.

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