Op-ed: Deja view, all over again

03/31/2015 04:10 PM EDT
I opened the newspaper this morning and read that Russian President Boris Yeltsin had ordered all troops pulled out of Ukraine. An agreement had been reached between the Obama Administration and the Republican-led Congress over controlling carbon emissions, leading to a bipartisan bill on climate change. 
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The Pun Also Rises: The pursuit of hobby-ness
03/31/2015 03:41 PM EDT - People often say, "You should get a hobby!" And whether they're saying it because you've just retired, because you're single, or because they want you to do something aside from write humor columns, it's almost always good advice. But not all hobbies are created equal. A hobby, according to Merriam-Webster, is a small blue and white falcon. Full Story

Commentary: Reliability in the Knowledge Corridor
03/31/2015 03:41 PM EDT - On March 4, Congress passed a bipartisan PRIA bill allowing Amtrak to continue with funding for improvements. The bill was approved in the House and is working its way through the Senate. On March 10, I had a chance to take Amtrak's Vermonter service to Delaware and view the improvements. In 2008, Obama made much of the stimulus money to create high-speed rail passenger corridors. Full Story

Op-ed: The marijuana debate
03/30/2015 04:08 PM EDT - The marijuana legalization debate will challenge all of us to examine our own capacity for tolerance. For some the challenge will simply be too difficult because they fear an assault on familiarity. For others the challenge will be intolerable because they've never had that fear. But to most Vermonters, the challenge rests in our ability to rationally examine facts when deciding whether to effect Full Story

Aging in Place: Reverse mortgages — new and improved?
03/30/2015 04:08 PM EDT - It has taken a few years for the Federal Housing Administration, which insures Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, to sort through the consequences of the worst real-estate crisis in living memory and the entry of Boomers into the 62 plus market. The result has been more changes recently than in the previous life of the program. Full Story

The Fourteenth State: 'Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History'
03/30/2015 04:08 PM EDT - Just about everything you always wanted to know about Vermont cities, towns, villages, gores, neighborhoods, streams, mountains — and some of the history behind them — can be found in "Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History" by Esther Monroe Swift. This 700-page book, weighing three pounds, was published in 1977 by the distinguished but short-lived Stephen Greene Press of Full Story

From the Chamber: Thank you, Greg Van Houten
03/29/2015 03:23 PM EDT - I want to open the column by thanking Greg Van Houten of GVH Studio for his dedication to the town as he steps down from the Select Board. He was a very even-handed and well-informed chair. Through many contentious meetings he kept to the issues and allowed the public to speak its mind. He has been a good example of citizen volunteerism and excellent leadership. Full Story

Commentary: What to do with all this snow
03/29/2015 03:23 PM EDT - It is the habit of my dog Juno, a beautiful black lab, to walk me as early in the morning as possible. Because of the cold and snow I walk very carefully. Juno doesn't care. As soon as he comes in contact with the snow, his energy level rises to a new and higher level. When we enter the driveway he runs ahead, then he turns around and come running back toward me. Full Story

The View From my Place: Victory or defeat
03/27/2015 04:30 PM EDT - "Give peace a chance" — John Lennon, 1969 "Can't we all just get along?" — Rodney King, 1991 The man in the black hood stands on the beach wielding a sharp knife and speaking with a British accent. The viewer knows what's coming. The psychopath blathers on about how his religion is the one that must survive. Full Story

The Outside Story: April Fools': Nature myths and misbeliefs
03/27/2015 04:30 PM EDT - Walking through the woods on a cool spring morning, I saw a barred owl in an old maple tree. I circled the owl three times from a distance. Its head kept turning to follow me, tracking my movements with three complete revolutions. One of the owl's chicks had fallen from the nest, so I climbed the tree and placed the chick back in it. Full Story