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Gregory Dennis, Between the Lines: Stills, Collins and Judy's blue eyes

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



Stephen Stills and Judy Collins were always an unlikely couple. 

When they met, he was a brash kid with a magic touch on the guitar, from a newly broken-up band called Buffalo Springfield. She was one of the reigning queens of folk music.

He saw her at the Whiskey a Go-Go in L.A., on a night when Eric Clapton was playing with his new band, Cream. Stills went up and kissed her hand. She brushed him off.

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Gregory Dennis: Trump, climate and summer disaster films

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



It’s still summer, so still a season for disaster films. And we’re in the middle of watching two such spectacles.

Let’s call the first one “Trump: The Sequel.”

The Donald’s presidency holds daily plot twists. But if you’d paid attention to his past career — including bankrupt casinos, Trump “University” and other rip-offs — well, then you had some idea of what was coming.

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Gregory Dennis, Between the Lines: When the opioid crisis hits closer to home

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



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It’s one thing to hear about the crisis in drug use and the damage it’s doing to individuals and families in Vermont.

It’s quite another thing to realize that the state of Vermont thinks you personally might be a drug addict.

Here’s how that happened to me.

I occasionally take hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin) for back pain. I mean very occasionally. A prescription of 10 pills can last me a year.

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Greg Dennis: Going a month without drinking

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



By one definition of the word, we are all addicted to something or other. Food. Sex. Exercise followed by Advil. Recreational drugs. 

Alcohol.

When it comes to booze, I’ve never been much of a take-it-or-leave-it kind of guy. I’ve pretty much always taken it.

In moderation. But regularly.

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Gregory Dennis: Wind energy unites enviros and farmers

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



Environmentalists and advocates for property rights are used to being at odds. Enviros put a priority on preventing damage to the ecosystems that support us. Property rights people are accustomed to reminding us that there should be limits to what the government can force owners to do.

But as Vermont moves haltingly toward cleaner energy, Greens and some property rights advocates, especially farmers, now find themselves on the same side.

These days they’re making common cause around an unlikely topic: wind energy.

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Gregory Dennis: Imaginary Trump talk warms up

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



I recently had a chance to sit down (in my imagination) with President Donald Trump to discuss the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C.

The march brought an estimated 200,000 people to the streets of the nation’s capital to protest Trump Administration policies that push for burning more coal, oil and gas. There were scores of similar events around the globe, including in Montpelier.

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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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