Commentary policy publishes 12 to 18 commentaries a week from a broad range of community sources. All commentaries must include the author’s first and last name, town of residence and a brief biography, including affiliations with political parties, lobbying or special interest groups. We have a minimum length of 400 words. We have found the ideal length is approximately 800 to 1,000 words. We provide some copyediting support, but we do not have the staff to fact-check commentaries. We reserve the right to reject opinions for matters of taste and accuracy. Commentaries are voices from the community and do not represent VTDigger in any way. Please send your commentary to Cate Chant, [email protected] and Anne Galloway, [email protected]

John Klar: The danger of drones

I am accustomed to see the belted kingfisher swoop along a streambed, announced by its squirrel-like chatter – I am not accustomed to see a sci-fi machine with a camera and spinning blades buzzing around like a mini attack helicopter.

Willem Post: Germany’s renewable energy generation

As wind energy becomes a greater percentage on the German grid, and synchronous-generator energy a lesser percentage, grid stability issues arise, which are exported to connected grids.

Bill Schubart: Car lust

My car lust began when an older buddy let me drive his father’s army surplus Jeep in circles in a hayfield. I was 12.

Anna Vesely Pilette & Carol Lind: Losing the Vermont we love … for what?

Vermont’s small towns are being threatened by a frenzy of development activity from huge energy generation projects in the name of the environment.

Steve Nicholas: Connecting watershed communities

As we look back on the five years since Tropical Storm Irene, one of the biggest changes we’ve observed has been in Vermonters’ understanding of watersheds.

John McClaughry: The invisible carbon tax alternative

Sue Minter has an alternative to a carbon tax: a new Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to drive up the price of transportation fuels throughout the entire northeastern region.

Patrick Leahy: Irene a reminder we’re all in it together

On the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, our eyes and hearts are drawn to those suffering the ravages of another storm, in Baton Rouge.

Mary McCoy: What kind of community will Windham be?

The wind farm as yet another way to make good use of the land. The 500-foot turbines would not be an eyesore but rather a working statement of commitment to a healthy planet.

Barry Lampke: Creating a culture of clean water

Algae blooms and contamination of our water from runoff are a harbinger of things to come. These challenges demand a fundamental shift in the way we view our relationship with water.

Steve May: Electoral reform now

We in Vermont need to reconfigure the way we hold elections and count ballots. Our current system rewards the projection of power, nothing more and nothing less.

Poor Elijah’s Almanack: And the winner is …

The Twenty-third Annual Emperor Awards: Our academy presents its prizes every year for noteworthy achievements in the education world.

Diane Derrick: Make room for public on Vermont Gas pipeline

With Vermont’s energy future in the balance and growing public interest, another pipeline hearing is a good sign.

Don Rendall: Natural gas expansion boosts economy

The Vermont Gas Addison County expansion has generated headlines, rightfully so. But often missing are the tremendous benefits this project will bring to Vermont.

Sue Minter: No such thing as impossible

Five years after Tropical Storm Irene ravaged our brave little state, I travel with pride through a Vermont that is stronger and more resilient than it was before that terrible night when the flood waters rose.