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This is a funny state of affairs. We embrace the environment in Vermont, yet make it almost impossible to have wind power. I understand what they mean about all the land that is laid bare just to put up a wind tower, but a few dozen of these things … more
I first ran into the term "sublime" in an art history course. Who knew, but a good deal of the visual art produced between about 1780 and 1850 would be labelled Romantic and could often be placed into either of two categories: the Picturesque or the … more
On the 1st of May George Harvey, Tom Finnell and I drove over the foggy Green Mountains to Bennington to attend a Public Service Board hearing on the proposed new regulations for wind power in Vermont. New rules would set a noise standard of 42 … more
It has been 25 years since the death of Ron Squires from AIDS. Back then a diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence. But we have come a long way and that same diagnosis in 2017 may mean that someone has a chronic disease that requires daily … more
Here's a term I heard last week and I intend to use it a lot - Political Malpractice. I define this as the entirety of this administration. And if you're a supporter of the screaming tangerine, if you can actually muster up a defense for this land … more
There has been a lot of interest lately in the $26 million savings that Gov. Scott has proposed. I realize it always seems like some kind of cop-out to say it is complicated, but it is usually true. This one is both complicated and simple at the … more
If you watch the news media, and especially the accounts of things like the Peoples' March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, you would believe that the most critical problems facing America are deportation of immigrants for entering the country … more
As we have worked out the details of our various bills, we have become more aware of an issue that could have a huge impact on the working landscape in Vermont. S.34, an act relating to cross-promoting development incentives and State policy goals, … more
For quite a number of years, I've had a special car or motorcycle, or both, that get put up in the winter and brought back out in the spring for fair weather use. I have a number of friends who are more serious collectors than I am, squirreling away … more
Keeping track of my children is a challenging task. I'll admit that I have no idea what has become of most of them. They never write or call. This is the lot of a foster parent to wildlife. I had higher hopes for Burdock however, since porcupines … more
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