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Op/ed http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1715/all en Community Forum: Businesses limit energy waste http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308community-forum-businesses-limit-energy-waste <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lawrence Miller </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is Lawrence Miller, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development secretary. Jim Merriam, director of Efficiency Vermont, contributed.</em></p> <p> Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. In Vermont, this holds especially true. Vermont has more than 75,000 small employers, comprising a staggering 96 percent of the companies in the state. With more than 157,000 workers, the small business sector accounts for nearly 60 percent of our state&rsquo;s total workforce.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18358">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308community-forum-businesses-limit-energy-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion community forum Op/ed Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:36:21 +0000 xian 18358 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Clippings: Aging brings quirky benefits http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307clippings-aging-brings-quirky-benefits <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> It seems like only yesterday that my grandmother drove me down to the federal offices in Portland, Maine, to get my Social Security card. This American kid &mdash; who had lived abroad for several years &mdash; was finally &ldquo;legal&rdquo; to get a job, sock away some retirement benefits, and perhaps get drafted into the military.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18086">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307clippings-aging-brings-quirky-benefits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Clippings John Flowers Op/ed Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:21:54 +0000 xian 18086 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Politically Thinking: Energy oversight should be independent http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307politically-thinking-energy-oversight-should-be-independent <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18085">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307politically-thinking-energy-oversight-should-be-independent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Eric Davis Op/ed Politically Thinking Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:20:24 +0000 xian 18085 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Bob Dylan hiding in plain sight http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307between-lines-bob-dylan-hiding-plain-sight <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> The Dylan tickets arrived in the mail a couple weeks before last Sunday&rsquo;s show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I&rsquo;d spent a ridiculous amount of money to get the best seats.</p> <p> Dylan is 72 and he&rsquo;s been a smoker forever and survived a weird heart ailment. So if you&rsquo;re a fan, you always have to wonder if the next Dylan show you see will be the last one.</p> <p> And having seen him perform in hayfields, outdoor venues, and cavernous basketball arenas, I wanted just once to see him up close.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18082">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307between-lines-bob-dylan-hiding-plain-sight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Between the Lines Greg Dennis Op/ed Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:19:14 +0000 xian 18082 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Imagining new town office, gym http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307community-forum-imagining-new-town-office-gym <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Victor Nuovo </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is Victor Nuovo,</em> <em>Middlebury College professor emeritus of philosophy and a Middlebury selectman.</em></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18079">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307community-forum-imagining-new-town-office-gym" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion community forum Op/ed Victor Nuovo Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:14:42 +0000 xian 18079 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: To deepen your experience, slow down http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307ways-seeing-deepen-your-experience-slow-down <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Abi Sessions </div> </div> </div> <p> You&rsquo;re probably familiar with Slow Food, the international movement whose aim is to promote local and culturally specific foods. Even if you&rsquo;re not familiar with Slow Food as an organization, you may be part of the movement; if you&rsquo;ve had the traditional fried dough and maple cotton candy at Field Days, I think you&rsquo;re probably in.</p> <p> I support the mission of Slow Food. I&rsquo;m also a fan of a related idea: Slow Travel.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18077">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307ways-seeing-deepen-your-experience-slow-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Abi Sessions Op/ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:11:10 +0000 xian 18077 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: House cooling plans full of hot air http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306around-bend-house-cooling-plans-full-hot-air <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Last Saturday night, during a period of heat-induced delirium, I briefly reconsidered my longstanding opposition to air conditioning.</p> <p> My inner stoic Vermonter says A/C this far north is a sign of weakness and a waste of money. True, I am not stoic by nature or a Vermonter by birth, but I still believe artificial cooling is for sissies. Just Saturday afternoon, in fact, I had been bragging to a friend that our bedroom is always cool enough for sleeping, even during heat waves.</p> <p> I swear I never heard the minor piano chords threatening in the background.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17308">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306around-bend-house-cooling-plans-full-hot-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op/ed Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:21:32 +0000 xian 17308 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: Anger should be handled like fire http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306ways-seeing-anger-should-be-handled-fire <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Joanna Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p> I was talking on the phone with a dear friend, and boy was she mad! She was so angry that her voice had a hard edge to it, her breathing was rapid, and my chest felt tight just listening to her speak. Her emotion was so immediate, so current, so fresh. The incident at the root of the rage? It happened 24 years ago.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s the thing about anger. It is like a fire that makes us hot. When we tell the story of what someone did to us that made us so angry, we are feeding the fire, adding more and more dry kindling to encourage the blaze.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17307">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306ways-seeing-anger-should-be-handled-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Joanna Colwell Op/ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:19:54 +0000 xian 17307 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Politically Thinking: Shumlin faces re-­election pitfalls http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305politically-thinking-shumlin-faces-re-%C2%ADelection-pitfalls <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Recent Vermont history shows that governors lose support the longer they stay in office. Jim Douglas&rsquo; vote share declined from his first re-election in 2004 through his last re-election in 2008, and Howard Dean faced challenging campaigns in his last two re-elections, in 1998 and 2000. The same trend may be starting for Peter Shumlin.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17189">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305politically-thinking-shumlin-faces-re-%C2%ADelection-pitfalls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Eric Davis Op/ed Thu, 30 May 2013 13:37:33 +0000 xian 17189 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Between the Lines: Death, drugs dominated legislative debates http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305between-lines-death-drugs-dominated-legislative-debates <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Memories of the recently ended session of the Vermont Legislature have, for all but the politically addicted, faded with the late spring heat.</p> <p> But it&rsquo;s worth taking a quick look back at the session, which will be remembered for two landmark pieces of legislation that will touch many Vermonters.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17188">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305between-lines-death-drugs-dominated-legislative-debates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Greg Dennis Op/ed Thu, 30 May 2013 13:35:25 +0000 xian 17188 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Around the Bend: Keeping it simple, the hard way http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305around-bend-keeping-it-simple-hard-way <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> Seven years ago, my husband, Mark, and I impulsively bought an old farmhouse, with land and a couple of barns. We set out to fulfill our dream of &ldquo;the simple life&rdquo;: tending animals and growing our own food.</p> <p> Yes, we are idiots.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17059">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305around-bend-keeping-it-simple-hard-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Around the bend Jessie Raymond Op/ed Thu, 23 May 2013 13:49:52 +0000 xian 17059 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Ways of Seeing: A reflection on Mother’s Day http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305ways-seeing-reflection-mother%E2%80%99s-day <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Rebecca Kneale Gould </div> </div> </div> <p><div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17058">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305ways-seeing-reflection-mother%E2%80%99s-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op/ed Ways of Seeing Thu, 23 May 2013 13:46:11 +0000 xian 17058 at http://www.addisonindependent.com The Outside Story: Bright, beautiful creatures advertise their secret weapons http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305outside-story-bright-beautiful-creatures-advertise-their-secret-weapons <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Li Shen </div> </div> </div> <p> In the natural world predation is relentless, and evading predators strongly favors the evolution of camouflage colors in animals. How contradictory then, for small, defenseless creatures &mdash; like red efts and monarch butterflies &mdash; to be sporting a bright shade of orange. But there is more to their cheerful color than meets the eye. Both the eft and the monarch are poisonous.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17004">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305outside-story-bright-beautiful-creatures-advertise-their-secret-weapons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op/ed The Outside Story Mon, 20 May 2013 14:04:39 +0000 xian 17004 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Politically Thinking: Missteps weaken Obama's hand http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305politically-thinking-missteps-weaken-obamas-hand <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p><div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16971">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305politically-thinking-missteps-weaken-obamas-hand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Davis Op/ed Politically Thinking Thu, 16 May 2013 14:33:33 +0000 xian 16971 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Should Legislature have access to tax returns http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305opinion-should-legislature-have-access-tax-returns-0 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> William Sayre </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is William Sayre of Bristol, an economist formerly with the Federal Reserve and a commentator on Ethan Allen Institute&rsquo;s Common Sense Radio, broadcasting from WDEV radio in Waterbury.</em></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16966">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305opinion-should-legislature-have-access-tax-returns-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion legislature Op/ed Vermont Thu, 16 May 2013 14:28:42 +0000 xian 16966 at http://www.addisonindependent.com