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Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

Great and valuable series . A small quibble is the title . Act 46 is not the cause but the effect of the shrinking of the school age population . A second quibble is the the limited analysis or conjecture you did on the causes of rural Vermont's depopulation . Your reporting on the effects was superb .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/09/2018 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

Thanks for the series. I know how much we romanticize small towns, but I wonder about the reality. Would you ever consider going deeper on this topic? I would like to know numbers. Look at data points correlated to location (towns). The per capita data points I'm thinking of might include such things as:
* per capita education outcomes - how many go on to college? how many drop out of school? how many earn degrees or career certifications in four years?
* per capita health outcomes - rates of obesity, alcoholism, drug use, heart disease, cancers, etc.
* per capita fiscal outcomes - per capita taxes paid, per capita public expenditures received
* per capita economic data - per capita income, per capita living expenses
* per capita social outcomes - per capita divorce, per capita single parent households, per capita suicides, per capita incidences of domestic violence
* demographic data - age, diversity, incomes, education levels, etc.
* per capita carbon footprint data - miles driven or gallons of gas consumed, heat source (wood, oil, gas), acres used for lawns,

Perhaps the data could be sorted by population quintiles.

You get the picture. I think looking at such data might get us to ask some very interesting questions.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 12/07/2018 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

This is a great report. Thank you, Paula! I live in the country, in Cabot, and see this process of attrition at work all too frequently. The local cafe in Plainfield, Maple Valley, that has struggled valiantly to stay alive, just closed its doors for good yesterday -- a great loss. "The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community" by Ray Oldenburg, published in 1989, is wonderful on this topic, and still worth reading.

Although it's true that in some ways compacting the human population in urban settings is better for the environment, country life where families grow food, respect wild flora and fauna, and connect with neighbors is the way that humans trod lightly on the land for most of human history. And most importantly from my point of view, it keeps humans in contact with the critical and disappearing natural assets of our amazing planet. That doesn't happen in cities, where most of the land is under pavement and concrete.

Janet Van Fleet

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Posted by Janet Van Fleet on 12/07/2018 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

This story could have been written about any rural area in the United States, or in Asia or Africa, for that matter, where most populations, except for the elderly or marginalized minorities, would rush to an urban area if it were possible or legal. Emptying out the countryside would actually decrease the over-exploitation of stressed ecosystems, if national laws restricting development were actually enforced.
When future American historians look back on the decline of our civilization and the currently accelerating environmental devastation, they might identify a couple of related factors: the building of the interstate highway system and the use of petroleum products to speed up every facet of our lives, from agricultural production to movement of our increasingly massive bodies at ever higher speeds. My proof? Repeated viewing of Wall-E.

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Posted by old grouch on 12/06/2018 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

Amazon is already crumbling under it's own weight & won't be a factor much longer, though if it is, it is self induced by the very people that don't support their neighbors businesses.

Vermont's primary problem is much more with the State Capital & City Hall monarchy having a blast giving away our money to all their corporate cronies & each other. Nobody comes to this place because it's an economic powerhouse. They come here because it's exactly the opposite, except of course the developers that come here to rape & pillage & all the flatlanders that come from the cities and then set to work trying to turn it into exactly what they left behind.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 12/06/2018 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

I'd like to thank Seven Days for leaving its normal comfort zone to closely examine life's challenges in rural Vermont.

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Posted by Joe Benning on 12/05/2018 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

This series is heroic. I hope you'll produce it as a pamphlet or small book and make it available to every legislator in Montpelier and to policy-makers throughout 'this brave little state'.

John Carroll
(member, State Board of Education,
former State Senator, Windsor County)

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Posted by John Carroll on 12/05/2018 at 3:08 PM

Re: “2018 Vermont Holiday Gift Guide

It's a hipster caricature, not a Jew! Well, he could be Jewish, but he's definitely a hipster!

Posted by The Oracle on 11/30/2018 at 12:16 PM

Re: “2018 Vermont Holiday Gift Guide

Can someone explain to me what the hell Seven Days is thinking running with this cover? A Jew caricature? Really? How did this artwork get past the board? Get your copy before it gets pulled off the shelves. This could be the next Dead Lynrd Skynyrd album cover.

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Posted by Linus Leavens on 11/23/2018 at 8:11 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Issue

Hey 7days - can you do something about stereotyping cannabis consumers? Your video pieces are highly offensive to us non-420 culture folks that participate in cannabis consumption. I get that Bob Marley and all that stuff is typically synonymous with cannabis consumers - but some of us are business professionals, love jazz music or just are not part of that 420 culture we see so much in media.

we want EQUAL representation!

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Posted by Project47Labs on 05/14/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Issue

I don't see why people are so much against weed, it is far better than drinking and is better for you too healthwise. I agree that you should never drive after smoking just like you should never drive after drinking. It has a lot of medical benefits too but doctors rather push pills, that's what they are getting paid to do. I don't smoke it anymore but I do take the CBD tincture for pain relief in my feet due to neuropathy. It doesn't get me high but it helps the pain.

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Posted by Gi Grape on 05/12/2018 at 11:34 AM

Re: “The Cannabis Issue

Why is this paper so fasinated with weed. Move the F on

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Posted by Pixelvt on 05/09/2018 at 1:54 PM

Re: “The Animal Issue, 2017

A friendly reminder that there is no medical or physical justification for cropping a dog's pinnas (outer ear). In addition to the bans in many countries around the world, it is described in veterinary texts as "no longer considered ethical."

Posted by Roger Rodriguez on 08/17/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Remembering Peter Freyne: Seven Days' First News Hound

Lovely. And true.

Posted by Bill Mitchell on 09/11/2015 at 9:55 PM

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