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Vermont's Population Debate: Too Much or Not Enough

09/18/08 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Vermont has added the equivalent of a Burlington-sized city to its population four times since 1970. Is the state's expanding population a threat to our environment and way of life? Or are Vermont's low birth rate and the out-migration of young adults hampering our economic growth? We explore the population debate from all sides, starting with George Plumb, president of Vermonters for a Sustainable Population and the author of the study "Disappearing Vermont." Also with us is Chip Sawyer, a census data specialist with the University of Vermont's Center for Rural Studies.

We'd like to hear your questions and comments as well. You can call or e-mail during the program, or e-mail us before the show at Vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also on the program, a new and more efficient response to dealing with charges of animal cruelty and neglect. We talk with Jill Tucker, the consultant who developed a new, computerized statewide system for making sure every that animal cruelty complaint is properly investigated and resolved.

And finally, idealizing country life. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, the curator of a new exhibit at UVM's Robert Hull Fleming Museum, discusses the ways the ways in which people mythologize agriculture and the rural landscape.

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