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Commentary Series: Spencer Rendahl: Yoga Woes
Monday, 04/15/13
By Suzanne Spencer Rendahl
Suzanne Spencer Rendahl says that for nearly a year, nothing has inspired fear in her classes like the name "William J. Broad."
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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: Luskin: Other People's Clothes
Thursday, 04/11/13
By Deborah Luskin
Deborah Lee Luskin is repeatedly amazed by the creative ways her children have incorporated the Three R's of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse into their lives.
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Commentary Series: Mares: Global Warming Challenge
Thursday, 04/11/13
By Bill Mares
It seems everyone's talking these days about what individuals can or can't do to mitigate global climate change. Bill Mares says it's a topic that even comes up at his local book club.
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Commentary Series: Harrington: Cafe Culture
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Elaine Harrington
Elaine Harrington is a big fan of Vermont's growing café culture, but when she recently experienced the legendary cafés of Paris, she couldn't resist doing a bit of comparing.
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Commentary Series: Douglas: Republican Revival
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Jim Douglas
There's been a lot of soul-searching by Republicans following the recent presidential election. Many ideas are being advanced on how the GOP can rebuild. Jim Douglas, a long-time Republican officeholder, has some thoughts on the subject.
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Commentary Series: Mnookin: Two Moms
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Abigail Mnookin
Parenthood is full of challenges and triumphs. Abigail Mnookin, who lives with her wife and their daughter in Brattleboro, has been reflecting on some of the advantages of being one of two moms.
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Commentary Series: Slayton: UVM's Billings Library
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Tom Slayton
Perhaps the most distinguished piece of architecture on the campus of the University of Vermont is the Billings Library, which sits atop university hill in Burlington. Tom Slayton spent many hours there as a UVM undergraduate, and has these observations on the University's plans for the building.
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Commentary Series: Schubart: The New Narcissism
Monday, 04/08/13
By Bill Schubart
Bill Schubart is intrigued by how political polarization is read in the spectrum of liberal and conservative views when both labels seem to be losing their meaning. He notes that the increasingly strident polarization may be between self-interest and the interest of the community.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Not Rocket Science
Monday, 04/08/13
By Helen Labun Jordan
A recent obituary of a prominent scientist has caused a lot of controversy, and caused Helen Labun Jordan to wonder about how we value the contributions of accomplished people.
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Commentary Series: Northrop: Long Trail Reprise
Sunday, 04/07/13
By Bob Northrop
Today we remember Bob Northrop, who died last week at 92. Northrop was a retired teacher who spent years working on civic causes ranging from the Vermont Electric Co-operative to the Long Trail. He recorded this essay about the Long Trail in 2003 as part of a series about notable ideas from leading Vermonters.
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Commentary Series: Kashmeri: Assault Weapons Ban
Thursday, 04/04/13
By Sarwar Kashmeri
Recently, commentator Sarwar Kashmeri proposed that the Federal Government think about funding a billion dollar, ten-year, gun-buyback program to soak up as many of the 300 million firearms in America as possible. Now, he'd like to take that concept one step further.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: North Korean Threat
Thursday, 04/04/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
Tensions continue in Asia as North Korea responds angrily to new United Nations sanctions and the latest U.S./South Korean military exercises, with threats to attack South Korea - and America - with nuclear missiles. Barrie Dunsmore offers his analysis.
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Commentary Series: McCallum: Poetry Month
Wednesday, 04/03/13
By Mary McCallum
Besides being mud season in Vermont, April is also National Poetry Month, which has Mary McCallum thinking about the importance of poetry in everyday life.
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Commentary Series: Barlow: Asylum Cemetery
Wednesday, 04/03/13
By Daniel Barlow
Daniel Barlow has spent the last two years visiting as many Vermont cemeteries as he can. And while he's found that they all have stories to tell - some are darker than others.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: What JFK Jr. Taught Me
Tuesday, 04/02/13
By Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert recalls something a former student said now fifteen years ago and explains how, finally, he came to understand its wisdom.
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Commentary Series: Homeyer: Spring Is Sprung!
Tuesday, 04/02/13
By Henry Homeyer
Henry Homeyer keeps away cabin fever by starting some seedlings indoors. He says now is the time to plant tomato seeds.
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Commentary Series: Averyt: A Mud-luscious World
Monday, 04/01/13
By Anne Averyt
April is for lovers and poets, observes Anne Averyt. It's the beginning of spring, a time of giddiness, of magic and hope, when the world is mud-luscious.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: The Four Freedoms
Monday, 04/01/13
By Vic Henningsen
In 1941 Franklin Roosevelt defined four essential human freedoms that Americans would enter World War II to defend. By 1943, they'd been forgotten. Vic Henningsen explains how, seventy years ago, a Vermont artist and his neighbors made the Four Freedoms an enduring American memory.
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Commentary Series: Kittredge: On Hibernating
Sunday, 03/31/13
By Susan Cooke Kittredge
Across the world Christians are celebrating Easter today. But as Susan Cooke Kittredge observes, this is a season of awakening and renewal for others as well.
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Commentary Series: Fitzgerald: Dirt Farmer
Thursday, 03/28/13
By Kara Fitzgerald
With mud season under way throughout Vermont, farmers are eagerly preparing for outdoor field plantings. Kara Fitzgerald, co-owner of Evening Song Farm in Cuttingsville, says managing erosion is a key part of running a commercial farm.
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Commentary Series: Stoddard: Rick Peyser
Thursday, 03/28/13
By Fran Stoddard
Vermont is home to a remarkable number of people doing positive work in businesses and non-profits around the globe. Fran Stoddard has been taking note of some of these innovators as they bring the best of Vermont to international development - like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Rick Peyser.
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Commentary Series: Woolf: Bottle Ban
Wednesday, 03/27/13
By Art Woolf
Commentator and UVM economist Art Woolf has been considering a recent policy initiative on his campus and he's wondering exactly what it was designed to accomplish.
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Commentary Series: Mares: Running at Gettysburg
Wednesday, 03/27/13
By Bill Mares
Even in this sesquecentennial year of the Battle of Gettysburg, Commentator Bill Mares recently found that you can beat the crowds if you get there early and are fleet of foot.
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Commentary Series: Parini: Iraq Anniversary
Tuesday, 03/26/13
By Jay Parini
The tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq passed recently, and Jay Parini has been thinking about the consequences of that war.
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