OPINION

Vt. food systems succeed in local, regional, national marketplace

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When you ask people their definition of the Vermont food economy, they’ll often talk about farms, farmers’ markets or CSAs. What’s often missing from the conversation are the supply chain of local businesses such as distributors, food processors and manufacturers and seed, feed and equipment dealers. Vermont’s local food economy not only extends well beyond…

Another traffic solution

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I read the article “Cyclists offer insight on proposed bayside upgrades” in last week’s Sun. Regarding traffic mitigation solutions for Malletts Bay, allow me to offer a fourth option: Complete the circumferential highway. Peter Tampas is a Colchester resident.

Let’s talk about schools now, not in January

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One of the complaints from the last legislative session was that legislators were not properly notified as to the challenges facing our school system and what the Phil Scott administration intended to do. The governor and legislative leaders should make it a goal not to have the same thing said of them next session. The…

Disturbing treatment of animals

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I walk my Brittany spaniel on the trails near the Colchester High School each morning. Last week my dog came upon five half-grown squirrels about 15 feet from the parking lot. The squirrels had their tails weaved together and were in a satanic circle. They had tried to bite their tails free from the bloody…

Into the woods: Merino mania

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If you spend time in the woods, chances are you’ll stumble upon an old cellar hole, stone wall or agricultural implement rusting among the trees. These cultural artifacts are striking and speak to the strange and fascinating history of European settlement in Vermont, which is intertwined with the history of our forests. The history of…