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Ways of Seeing: A tragedy might possibly end with love

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Rebecca Gould



Now it’s time for the healing to begin. Our community needs closure. Let’s make things get back to normal. Today, we will start moving on.

After every tragedy in a community — especially those that gain media attention — we hear these stock phrases. They are well-meaning and they speak to our natural — sometimes desperate — hunger for order in the midst of chaos. But, to me, they feel so wrong.

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Opinion: Bridging gaps, building futures: Some live just one paycheck away from homelessness

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Jan Demers



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Ways of Seeing: Feel other’s pain, see their viewpoint

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Devon Jersild



When Sen. Rob Portman reversed his position on marriage equality after his son came out as gay, he took a lot of flack. Some of it was from people who objected that the senator was apparently okay denying equal rights to gay and lesbian partners until someone in his family was affected. When the issue became personal, he finally changed his perspective.

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Politically Thinking: Vt. Gas decisions made elsewhere

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Letters to the editor, columns, and editorials in recent issues of the Independent have criticized Vermont Gas Systems for trying to obtain approval of the Addison Natural Gas project without allowing sufficient time for public consultation and revising the proposal in response to public concerns. One reason for this criticism may be that although Vermont Gas Systems has the word “Vermont” in its name, the gas company is really a subsidiary of a large Canadian energy complex that is owned by an interlocking network of pension funds and gas producers all across Canada.

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Between the Lines: Farming Vermont for wind power

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



Sometimes it seems like environmentalists have put themselves on such a state of red alert that we can’t see a good thing when it’s right in front of us.

We’re so used to fighting every inappropriate intrusion upon Mother Earth, that even the idea of using wind to provide electrical power can seem like a threat.

So when they could be organizing to support alternative energy sources such as wind farms, a few environmentalists have decided that because wind power, like any energy source, has some small drawbacks, wind is a bad idea altogether.

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Clippings: Bracing for another new challenge

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



As I get older, I’m beginning to think my body has been wired backward. Either that, or it’s true what they say about the advancing years becoming a second childhood.

How else can I explain the onset of some health-related maintenance needs that should have manifested themselves when I was a lot younger?

First, my body waited until adulthood before telling me that I “needed” the mumps. I guess it was Mother Nature’s way of having a good laugh at my expense. Kids look cute with chipmunk cheeks; adults — not so much.

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Around the Bend: Bring on the zombie apocalypse

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I know zombies are hot in popular culture right now, but until Sunday night, when I caught part of a Discovery Channel documentary — with the not-at-all alarming title “Zombie Apocalypse” — I had no idea that zombies posed an actual threat.

The zombies I know from TV, movies and video games are undead humans who stagger around looking for live brains to eat. They don’t generally move very quickly or with much precision and their enunciation is poor at best. But what they lack in agility they make up for in perseverance.

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Community Forum: How not to build a natural gas pipeline

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Annette Smith



This week’s writer is Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a grassroots nonprofit organization based in Danby that follows major energy projects throughout the state. Its objective is to bring “environmental justice and corporate accountability to Vermont communities.” Smith is a paid staff member, and an environmental lobbyist.

 

How Not to Build a Natural Gas Pipeline

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Community Forum: Society becoming ‘me,’ not ‘us’

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Bill Schubart



This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.

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Ways of Seeing: Use these five points to get the best from your yoga

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Joanna Colwell



While many people find themselves in yoga class because their doctor advised it as a natural way to lower blood pressure or relieve an aching back, the real purpose of yoga is to achieve the blissful state of awakening known as Samadhi.

The language of yoga is Sanskrit, the sacred language of India. Akin to the place of Latin and Greek in Europe, Sanskrit is an ancient, refined and ritual language. In the branch of yoga that I study, all postures have a Sanskrit name, and seasoned students learn these names and the postures they stand for.

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