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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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Letter to the editor: Singling out one offender not fair

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Michelle Pierpont



This past Thursday, Dec, 22, there was a separate article in the news section of the paper with a size 26 font heading about a Brandon man being cited for DUI. The article went on to give a blow by blow of the incident. The young man had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.103. The last paragraph was about the young man’s accomplishments in high school. It had nothing to do with the incident. It was strictly about his athletic abilities, and the honors he had earned in high school sports.

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Letter to the editor: New net-metering regs are unfair

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Jim Gallott



It was with dismay and a great sense of betrayal that I read the recent letter dated Dec. 5, from Green Mountain Power concerning new regulations for the Net Metering program. My wife and I are approaching retirement, and have installed solar panels sufficient to meet our power needs (with a little extra) as an investment in our future. The new regulations completely pull the rug out from under us.

To start off, there are some changes that I think are reasonable:

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Letter to the editor: New Vermont energy law seen as win-win proposition

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Michael Doran



In the face of impending consequences of global warming and climate changes, Act 174 looks like a good way to move forward with what we all must do together while allowing some local choices and decisions. Creating non-fossil ways of generating our electricity has already shown the added benefit of generating jobs and helping with property tax revenue.

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Ways of Seeing: Be Your Own Light

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Johanna Nichols



The poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote:  A billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head.  But in you is the presence that will be when all the stars are dead.  Fear can make lights go out.  But we cannot allow fear to dim the presence of the light within.  That light connects us with the stars.  In this darkest time of the year, we see more stars, but if you are missing daylight, now that we are past the winter solstice, the sun is rising earlier and setting later.

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Editorial: Yes, Virginia

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



Yes, Virginia

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Christmas reinforces family, love

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



People have every right to be thankful on Thanksgiving.

But for me, Christmas is the pinnacle of holiday blessings.

Maybe it’s because I am fortunate to be married into a large, wonderful family. If Norman Rockwell were still alive, he’d bring his easel to the Heffernan home in Bristol to record four generations of a salt-of-the-Earth family breaking bread, opening presents and catching up on the latest news.

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Jessie Raymond: Holiday shopping tests a marriage

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Two weekends ago, my husband Mark and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary. We spent the night at a cozy inn in Stowe, and we would have had a lovely time — if only we hadn’t pushed our luck. But on Saturday, we decided to go Christmas shopping. As a couple.

We hadn’t made that mistake in years.

Mark — a slow-moving, avid browser and generous spender — and I —a hermit and a miser (but really quite a hoot once you get to know me) — do not shop well together.

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Letter to the editor: Pipeline letter a great service

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Burgess Needle



Jane Palmer’s passionate and articulate letter (Dec. 12, 2016) regarding the gas pipeline deserves to be placed on the same shelf as Henry David Thoreau’s essay on “Civil Disobedience.” Her comment, “...our government is there to serve, we the people, not corporations...” told me that even in these trying times of cash-leveraged politics and corporate collusion, there is hope.

Burgess Needle

Ripton 

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Letter to the editor: Liberals wrong on wind power

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Justin Lindholm



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