Poor Elijah’s New Century Dictionary was published when the new century was the twentieth. He’s especially partial to its definition of politics as the science and art of governing. He thinks it captures the noblest intentions and methods of the noblest politicians. The fact is, though, that…

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In the poem, “The Death of the Hired Man” by Robert Frost, a farmer’s wife talks to her husband about a homeless man who has worked for them in the past and suddenly reappears at their home. She says, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”

In a guest perspective by Planned Parenthood’s Lucy Leriche, she uses one specious claim after another to create the impression that the citizens of Vermont must urgently ratify Prop 5. (“Personal freedoms at risk with Barrett,” News & Citizen, Nov. 5, 2020)

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This time of year, melancholy creeps in all too easily. Summer verdure has frosted over to monochrome. Trees raise bare, imploring limbs to a troubled sky. Darkness falls early. But those wind-stripped treetops reveal leaf-shag spheres sheltering families of squirrels and, down in the tangle…

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Outdoor brands are following up not only with surveys on how their product performs, or how you feel about their website’s catalog portal, but with reminders to include them on your next excursion. “Our social media team would be stoked to get some images from your recent outdoor adventures!…

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State and local health officials are asking — even imploring — people to limit out-of-state travel during the upcoming holidays. They’re also reminding us to avoid large gatherings, strongly advising us to limit all social gatherings to 10 people or under.

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My brother has a theory that everyone has something they are good at doing but which they don’t want to do. I have the inverse theory, everyone has something they are not good at which they like doing. So it goes with siblings. Both of us love to hunt and neither of us is any good at it.

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Democracy is messy, but in the way that gardening is messy; the mess is part of creating something beautiful and healthful — as long as something beautiful and healthful is what you plant and tend and what takes root. If the past five years have shown us anything, it is that there are ugly, …

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The exhausting national election is now over, other than counting misplaced ballots and resolving lawsuits. Now is a good time for Vermonters to let partisan animosities subside, and take a serious look at what the governor and the next Legislature are likely to face. Here’s a concise list.

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I can remember thinking, some 70 years ago, how good it was to be born into an American family. Odd as that may seem, this early childhood tie to country reflected a spirit of unity and trust we had as a nation. In a way, America was part of our extended family.

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In an unprecedented year, perhaps it’s only natural that we have an unprecedented election — the first in our lifetimes to occur during a global pandemic, and one in which an astounding number of votes will be cast after being mailed to voters. While many of us are used to staying up late to…

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President Donald Trump kept perhaps only one promise — a sinister one — since he’s been president, and that was to appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the case that created a constitutional right to abortion in the United States in 1973. Justice Amy Con…

The last several weeks have seen an uptick in Republican accusations that a Joe Biden presidency would be an invitation to “court packing,” including expanding the Supreme Court in order to counterbalance the GOP’s years of stonewalling Barack Obama’s judicial appointments while accelerating…

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Four years ago, I wrote for these papers about the presidential election. I wrote, “aside from funerals and break-up dates, I can’t think of a day I’ve looked forward to less in my time on this earth than tomorrow’s election day.” I described soon-to-be President Donald Trump as “a candidate…

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The falling of leaves and shortening of days always mark a busy time for my industry — the ski resort industry. We are once again busily preparing for the ski season ahead.

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