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Gregory Dennis: Trump and the climate change narrative

How might we alter what we say about global warming so it becomes a more pressing issue for voters?

Cecile Johnston: Paid leave a support for small businesses and working Vermonters

Because of unexpected job cuts, what should have been a happy, peaceful time to bond as a new family was anything but.

John Killacky: Living with chronic pain

On Dec. 12 and 13, Vermont PBS is rebroadcasting John Killacky’s documentary “Holding On” in which three couples talk about how their relationships changed when disability entered their lives.

Guy Page: Future of Vermont wind power less certain

The outcome of local, state and national voting signaled a vote of no confidence in the growth of utility-scale wind power in the Green Mountain State.

Joe Benning: Colin’s misdirected play

I do not object to his right to protest; in fact, I fully support it. But is this particular form of protest working to solve the problem?

Walter Carpenter: Shades of the past

We have voluntarily handed over our “American exceptionalism” to an authoritarian much like the German voters of the 1930s gave their experiment in democracy to another megalomaniac.

Jane Palmer: Why we risk arrest

Our judicial system is ill equipped to deal with those who choose to commit a non-violent crime in the name of a greater good.

Robert Letovsky: Focusing the ‘justice lens’ on the Burlington teachers contract

Invoking the concept of justice in a complex situation like this, with multiple stakeholders (i.e. parents, children, teachers, board members and taxpayers) seeking different things, is tricky.

John McClaughry: Men without work

“Men [aged 25-54] not in the labor force — neither working nor looking for work – are by far the fastest growing component of our prime male civilian non-institutional population,” writes Nicholas Eberstadt.

Stuart Graves: Media, culture and freedom

Independently of the explicit problem of money purchasing media for propaganda purposes, the media remains unwittingly complicit in maintaining our culture.

Thara Fuller: Investment in afterschool programs is investment in the economy

We can bring in all the companies we want to Vermont, but who will work in them if they have to leave at 2:30?

Marcia Hill: After the election

You may or may not have voted for Donald Trump, but we all have to face that we are part of a nation that has chosen a more racist path.

Felicia Kornbluh: Goodbye to all that liberal optimism

After the devastating election of Donald Trump, with his hateful misogyny, racism and religious intolerance, I am fearful.

Don Keelan: Election by popular vote? Not so fast

For the fourth time in U.S. history, the selection of the president will be undertaken by the Electoral College on Dec. 19.