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Between the Lines: From a master ecologist, life everlasting

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



Bernd Heinrich opens his exploration of the natural way of dying, “Life Everlasting,” with a quote from Khalil Gibran that sets the tone for the rest of this absorbing work:

“If you would know the secret of death you must seek it in the heart of life.”

It’s death, and its life-giving virtues, that are the focus of this 16th volume from Heinrich, a Hinesburg resident and professor emeritus at UVM.

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Editorial: A light in the darkness

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin gave a hug to Starksboro resident Kathy Duclos after a staged signing of a bill that seeks to revamp how the state conducts its search and rescue operations. The bill was sparked by the death of 19-year-old Levi Duclos, a Middlebury resident, who died of hypothermia three miles from the trailhead of a popular hiking area in Ripton. While his family searched into the night for the missing hiker, state police took the call at approximately 8 p.m. that winter night, but failed to send out a search party until the next morning.

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Editorial: 104 pages and growing...

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Mom always told me not to boast. So I won’t.

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Clippings: Best effort can at times fall short

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



We work hard at this twice-weekly to keep our readers informed about goings-on in Addison County. That means talking to people face-to-face or by phone, or hearing from them at meetings.

But there are times we can’t get to a meeting, so we have to follow up by phone with the people who are affected and the sources we have cultivated over the years.

It’s a formula that usually works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

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Around the Bend: Growing cranky in the garden

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Every spring, in anticipation of my vegetable garden, I forget an important point: Gardening is neither easy nor particularly enjoyable.

Don’t believe those dreamers who insist that growing vegetables is a spiritually transforming experience. Sure, we all have those brief moments of awe when a bean seedling first breaks through the concrete crust of Addison County clay. And who doesn’t swoon over the taste of a juicy, just-picked tomato, still warm from the afternoon sun?

Whatever. Most of the time, gardening is the pits.

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Editorial: An enlightening document

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It’s not surprising the draft of the updated Middlebury town plan has sparked the strong reactions it has. That’s because the planning commission did a significant rewrite, and added much depth and substance to the document.

That rewrite made it lengthy: 199 pages, not to mention another 24 pages of maps and charts and footnotes.

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Editorial: Disney, Bloomberg are ahead of the times on era's health issue

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If you’ve been reading the news this week, you’d know the connection between the Walt Disney Company recent action and one proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The former will banish junk-food advertising from its television shows for kids, and the latter is considering a plan to ban oversized sugary drinks. Both are addressing the obesity epidemic that is sweeping the nation.

And with good cause.

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Clippings: Darn that government. Or not...

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



A few years back at an Addison forum devoted to whether the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union should unite under one-board governance, a resident asked rhetorically whether bigger government ever made things better.

Never mind school unification: Given more recent history, that question now looks a little ironic.

After all, the town of Addison and local residents and businesses just happily spent money to celebrate the opening of the new $70 million bridge across Lake Champlain.

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Politically Thinking: Vermont needs young, skilled residents

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The aging of Vermont’s population is a well-known finding from the 2010 U.S. Census. Vermont has the second-oldest population of any state, behind only Maine. If current trends continue, Vermont could well be the oldest state in the nation by 2020.

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Between the Lines: In springtime love's labors lost

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



It was one of the hardest phone calls I’d ever had to make.

We’d been seeing each other since last fall. Now it had finally become clear that things just weren’t going to work out.

Even when you know you’ve got to end it, though, it’s always hard to tell the other party.

Our relationship had seemed so right at first.

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