OPINION

A false sense of security

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Vermont takes pride in being ecologically-minded, and rightfully so. We are doing many things to enhance our state’s natural environment and health including billboard-free highways, farm-to-table programs, land conservation and university programs focusing on environmental sustainability, just to name a few. Our work toward renewable energy has earned us the No. 2 ranking in the…

Message from Montpelier, Sept. 14

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The Texas House of Representatives has 150 members, one for every 183,000 Texans. They meet during odd numbered years and are limited to a 140-day session. Are Texans underrepresented? Vermont, too, has 150 members in the House, one for every 4,100 citizens. We are in session from January to May or June each year. Is…

You can be a big tree champ

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When I was growing up down in Windham County, the Windham County Forester, Bill Guenther, used to lead a Big Tree Tour every year. As I kid I hadn’t yet fallen into my current tree-crazy state, and I never attended one of Bill’s tours.  One year, when I was a forestry student at the University…

Letter to the editor: September 7

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BIA governance needs to be addressed Ongoing conflict has marred the relationship between the Burlington International Airport and its municipal neighbors for years evidenced by expensive lawsuits over property taxes, military operations, home demolitions and more. This municipal conflict is putting Vermont at a disadvantage on the regional landscape making neighboring cities like Plattsburgh  more…

We can grow clean water

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I have been thinking about the power of nature with fall hurricane season almost upon us. We are all too familiar with the frightening power of nature in the form of rushing waters, hurricane winds and tornadoes that can rip through our familiar landscape in moments. What does not hit home for most of us…