Commentary Series

Levin: Flying Machines

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Many birds of the Northern Hemisphere are now migrating southward. Every year I marvel at how they manage to stay aloft over such vast distances.

Tom Williams / Pool Photo via Associated Press

The Kavanaugh confirmation drama reminds me of a capsule movie review of Dead Reckoning, a deservedly forgotten Humphrey Bogart thriller: “Everyone gets double-crossed – especially the audience.”

I remember exactly how I felt 27 years ago when I testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee with a panel of women from Planned Parenthood to oppose Clarence Thomas’ confirmation and support Anita Hill’s testimony.

Courtesy of the artist

The Kent Museum in Calais has come full circle. The historic building, originally built in 1810 as a home, is now maintained by the State’s Historic Sites Division for special occasions. And for the last decade, The Kent has presented an annual art exhibit, usually organized around a theme, for one month during foliage season.

Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum’s current exhibition of New Deal art is a fine collection of prints, photographs and paintings from the 1930s – including several paintings by my father, Ronald A. Slayton.

Gerry Broome / AP

I’ve often been moved by the story of animal victims in the midst of human tragedy.

I can always count on Stephen Colbert to put my brain’s inner musings to words.

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Until recently, I could neither pronounce nor spell the word prion, an altered cellular protein that triggers a suite of infectious diseases, mostly fatal, in the brain and central nervous system of mammals, including humans.

Krupp: Spread Of EAB

Oct 1, 2018

I live in the city of South Burlington where roughly 13 percent of the trees are ash - a popular tree known for its fast growth, nice shade, and ability to adapt to a range of soil conditions, plus its golden amber colors in the fall.

Michael Tallman

Governor Madeleine Kunin has given us all a present. Her new book, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, is a heartfelt and honest look at the process of aging and she writes it with courage, and grace.

Adrian: Secret Justice

Sep 27, 2018
Ed Adrian

Marbury v. Madison, decided in 1803, established the American Judiciary as a co-equal branch of government.

Watts: E-cigarettes

Sep 25, 2018
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I started smoking when I was 15. By the time I was 16 I was addicted. It took ten years to quit, something some of my teenage friends were never able to do.

McCallum: Squirrels

Sep 25, 2018
A grey squirrel in the grass.
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Lately it seems like everyone’s got a squirrel story. Newspapers, radio and the internet have been buzzing about the exploding population of Sciurus carolinensis, the Eastern gray squirrel.

Bill Schubart

I’ve been trying to picture the Catholic Church - the Mother Church if you will – as a matriarchy instead of a patriarchy, in which the first pope had been Christ’s friend and apostle, Mary Magdalene, instead of Peter, the wayward apostle who thrice denied him.

AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

As a Puerto Rican living in Vermont, I was deeply disturbed by the President’s recent tweet denying Puerto Rico's hurricane Maria revised death toll of two thousand nine hundred and seventy five.

AP Photo/Warren Winterbottom, File

Maybe it’s the toxic quality of politics today, or a general sense of unease about the future, but my thoughts – and the thoughts of many others - have been returning to another time of anger and division - and the ways that history affects us.

Alex Brandon / AP

For the most part, the formal Kavanaugh hearings were a poor example of our democracy at work.

McQuiston: Carbon Tax

Sep 18, 2018

Vermont’s goals of reducing carbon emissions by 25 percent from the 1990 benchmark by 2012 and by 50 percent by 2028 weren’t haphazard.

John Vogel

In preparation for my high school reunion, I’ve been thinking about 1968, the year I graduated. The parallels with today are striking.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the ACLU considers panhandling free speech – because in a healthy society, free speech should promote dialogue. Whether upsetting or repellant, it should provoke people to think … and eventually answer.