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Opinion: Resistance to renewable energy is delaying inevitable

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Taborri Bruhl



For the last few years I have been carefully following the debate about Vermont’s solar and wind development. There have been many valid points brought up by both advocates and opponents, and there seems to be a consensus opinion forming that revolves around a middle ground of sorts. Most Vermonters do agree that we need to transition toward a renewable-energy economy, but also that commonsense guidelines should be developed with regard to the approval and siting of wind turbines, solar arrays and their distribution networks.

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Opinion: Unreasonable gun laws threaten American Freedom

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Harry Chaucer



I grew up in a small farm town in central Connecticut. In seventh grade, afriend introduced me to target shooting. I joined the National Rifle Association and practiced for years in a basement range beneath a building in the south end of town.

Most of the members were men in their 40s or50s. They became mentors to me, teaching me about patience and precision, how to shoulder a little pain and focus my attention. They were good role models. There was a camaraderie there that I enjoyed as I learned from this older generation of men.

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Victor Nuovo: A philosopher ponders a perfect rule

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



Justice and Plato's Republic standing hed box.jpg

Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Editorial: A 'mass shooting' a day and yet no resolve to take action

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Editorial: Of ignorance and denial

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As President Obama returned home from his few days leading an international effort to negotiate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions at the Paris climate talks, he was greeted by a Republican House of Representatives that effectively thumbed their noses at the president’s and the world’s concerns over climate change.

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Gregory Dennis: How to talk about climate change?

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



Can we speak about the unspeakable? Is there a way to bring light and hope to the dark topic of climate change?

With the nations of the world gathered this week in Paris, the words we use to speak about climate change have become even more important.

How we frame a big issue shapes how we think about it and what actions we take: Are you, for example, pro-life or do you favor responsible family planning?

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Jessie Raymond: Decking the halls is no easy task

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



For Christmas this year, I’m planning to decorate our front porch with a garland and white lights. I don’t even have the garland yet, and already I’m second-guessing my plan.

Doubt started creeping in the moment I pulled the lights out of storage. The five strands I had placed, separately, into a box last January came out bundled together in a giant ball. What’s worse, when I finally got them untangled, I found that only one strand worked.

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Opinion: Closing the Diversified Occupations program doesn't make any sense

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Rebecca Holmes



I don’t understand why there is any discussion about closing the Diversified Occupations (DO) program. Let me state first that I have no “stake” in DO. I’m not a parent, a former student, a teacher or a service professional with connections to the program, nor do I have friends who work there. I was an itinerant ESL teacher for the district for about 10 years, however, and I saw students consistently succeed, often beyond what I would have thought possible, and I still see that success everywhere I go in the community.

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Opinion: 'Older white men' are doing a lot of complaining

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Stephen Harris



I am having difficulty understanding the rage that seems to be springingfrom older white men in America. Let me start by admitting that I am one, so my perplexity is based on my 65 years of direct experience. My confusion grows when none of the truly furious can directly answer the simple question, What are you so angry about?

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Opinion: A poetic spin on the state's new crop of solar arrays

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Lawrence A. Jones



The Solar Arrays

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