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Commentary Series: Lange: Going to Church
Sunday, 04/14/13
By Willem Lange
And now we turn to our Sunday Essay. According to polls, Vermont is the least religious state in the Union. Willem Lange thinks he knows why.
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Commentary Series: Lange: A State I Love
Wednesday, 02/20/13
By Willem Lange
Vermont and its citizens are unique in the universe; everybody recognizes that.  Willem Lange thinks that Calvin Coolidge said it best.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Little Bits Of Winter
Monday, 02/04/13
By Willem Lange
Tropical vacations get quite popular this time of year in New England. But Willem Lange thinks there are so many delightful little things to keep us occupied that just being here is a vacation.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Resisting Change
Thursday, 01/17/13
By Willem Lange
As Congressman Peter Welch tries to change the political atmosphere in Washington, Willem Lange wishes him luck - and observes that in the long run, resistance to change is said to be futile.
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Commentary Series: Lange: SAD
Friday, 12/07/12
By Willem Lange
One in ten Vermonters suffer from seasonal affective disorder during mid winter. Willem Lange has some suggestions for overcoming it.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Hunting Camp
Monday, 11/19/12
By Willem Lange
It's deer season, but Willem Lange's attention has been on the stars above the dark wilderness.
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Commentary Series: Lange: French Samaritans
Friday, 11/02/12
By Willem Lange
Willem and Ida Lange have been traveling though France, with the help of many Gallic samaritans.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Gettysburg
Wednesday, 07/04/12
By Willem Lange
Vermont wasn't a state yet at the time of the Declaration of Independence, so there weren't many fireworks here.  But Willem Lange says we sure made up for it four score and seven years later, at the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Commentary Series: Lange: June Is Bustin'
Monday, 06/25/12
By Willem Lange
"What is so rare as a day in June?" the poet writes. Willem Lange seconds the question, and notes that June is a time of promise and promises long remembered.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Summer Solstice
Wednesday, 06/20/12
By Willem Lange
The summer solstice is here. And for Willem Lange, it mingles celebration and regret.
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Commentary Series: Lange: River Camping
Friday, 06/08/12
By Willem Lange
Willem Lange says that paddling the Connecticut River has always been popular, but camping along its banks has been difficult - until now. 
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Commentary Series: Lange: Decoration Day
Monday, 05/28/12
By Willem Lange
Willem Lange thinks that too many of us may be forgetting what Memorial Day encourages us to remember.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Campaign Rhetoric
Monday, 05/21/12
By Willem Lange
Commentator Willem Lange maintains that the political mud-slinging of campaigns today is a direct descendent of the campaign rhetoric of yesterday.
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Commentary Series: Lange: The Black Fly Cometh
Thursday, 05/10/12
By Willem Lange
We always look forward to spring and its rebirth, but Willem Lange reminds us that one of nature's most irritating and pestilential creatures is also reborn each May.  'Tis the season... of the black fly!
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Commentary Series: Lange: May Day
Tuesday, 05/01/12
By Willem Lange
It’s the first day of May, a date that Willem Lange notes has taken on many meanings over the past 2000 years.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Surveillance Creep
Tuesday, 04/03/12
By Willem Lange
If you sometimes get the creepy feeling that somebody's looking over your shoulder, Willem Lange thinks you may not be suffering from paranoia.  Nowadays, somebody probably is.  Modern surveillance technology is becoming ubiquitous.
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Commentary Series: Lange: The Hat In The Road
Tuesday, 03/20/12
By Willem Lange
Commentator Willem Lange is a writer and storyteller who's reminded that one of the traditional ways of coping with adversity - like hubcap-deep mud on our dirt roads - is to laugh at it.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Presidential Beer Buddies
Tuesday, 03/06/12
By Willem Lange
Presidential campaigns make great efforts to convince us that their candidates are common folk, just like us. Commentator Willem Lange is a retired remodeling contractor, writer and storyteller who thinks that Presidents - like neurosurgeons, for example - ought to be just a cut above that.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Recognizing Fallacies
Wednesday, 02/22/12
By Willem Lange
All of us, unwittingly or on purpose, resort to fallacies from time to time. During this year's chase for the presidency, commentator Willem Lange believes it's especially important that we learn to separate them from the truth.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Keeping Warm
Thursday, 02/09/12
By Willem Lange
A lot of folks who huddle inside by the stove as much as possible during the winter wonder how all those others working outdoors can stand it. Commentator Willem Lange knows their secret.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Songbird Rescue
Monday, 01/30/12
By Willem Lange
The songbirds we usually think of as “ours” here in New England actually spend most of their lives in Central America. They’re disappearing in both places; but according to commentator Willem Lange, in Costa Rica researchers and some coffee growers are trying to save them.
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Commentary Series: Lange: The Millerites of Calais
Monday, 01/02/12
By Willem Lange
As we contemplate the New Year, commentator Willem Lange thinks we might do well to remember the Millerites - and how their story suggests that there are no simple, heavenly solutions to complicated problems – that it's ordinary people who keep on chugging along in their daily lives who are most likely to solve them.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Burgoyne's Blunder
Monday, 12/19/11
By Willem Lange
As U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq - and eventually Afghanistan - commentator Willem Lange is reminded of other attempts to impose political regimes by force in distant places, including one that occurred right here, on the border of the Green Mountain State.
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Commentary Series: Lange: Spirit of the Near North
Thursday, 12/08/11
By Willem Lange
Commentator Willem Lange loves the Near North, where hardwoods give way to the boreal forests; and he finds its essence best expressed in a visitor who arrives on silent wings.
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Commentary Series: Lange: The Haunted Hut
Monday, 10/31/11
By Willem Lange
Halloween is the day we mortals get a look at the realm of spirits. Commentator Willem Lange has the story of a ghost who hangs around all year on a high mountain.
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