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Re: “Lawmakers Consider a Diminished Role for Act 250's Regional Commissions

While I respect Tom Little, I believe Renee has put her finger on the problem: the restrictions that narrow the eligibility for party status. I have seen the effects first-hand here in Essex. A few years ago, the Selectboard compromised with a developer over the fate of the Saxon Hill Forest. When one community member challenged the Board's decision and mentioned Act 250, the then-Town Manager muttered under his breath, "You won't get party status."

Legal and environmental scholars have identified a major weakness in Act 250: Its lack of a comprehensive ecosystem review that overlaps and links with the 10 criteria. VNRC used to be in favor of including "cumulative effect," a measure of what has happened to an ecosystem over time as more and more development occurs, but I think it has abandoned this objective given the compromises it has made with the Scott Administration.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 02/19/2020 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Divided House Committee Signs Off on Compromise Act 250 Bill

If Gov. Deane Davis and the 1969-1970 Legislature had been constrained by "the art of the possible" principle of politics, I doubt Act 250 and some of the other landmark environmental laws of that period would have passed. Yes, some compromises were made, but Gov. Davis, by dint of his leadership, shepherded through the passage of measures that might not have been considered possible a few years earlier.

There's an old saying: "It's better to shoot for the moon and miss than to aim at a skunk and connect." From what I hear beyond the press release claims, this bill is more of the latter.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 02/14/2020 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Obituary: Steve E. Wright IV, 1941-2020

Despite the lip service most folks give to the value of the Green Mountains, Steve walked the talk. He was a staunch mountain protector, and his loss is not just one of friendship for many of us who knew Steve; it is a loss for the Green Mountains, which deserve all the protectors they can get. I am privileged to have been a friend, and I am grateful to have been inspired by a true Mountain Man!

Posted by Bruce Post on 01/29/2020 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Media Note: Seven Days Hires Colin Flanders, Discontinues Political Column

Those of us who knew and/or followed Peter Freyne know he was one-of-a-kind. He was irreplaceable. But, when Paul Heintz was doing the column, I always turned there first when a new issue came out. Someday, I hope that Seven Days can again publish a similar column that is both punchy and reflective ... perhaps seasoned with some of the humor and spice that Peter Freyne may have left sitting on a Seven Days shelf.

Nonetheless, I am pleased that Colin Flanders is coming to Seven Days. He will have an able mentor in Paul. (Imagine Paul Heintz is getting old enough to be a mentor! What next? Flecks of gray hair :-) ) I, however, will miss Colin's coverage of the Essex scene, though.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 10/30/2019 at 2:08 PM

Re: “More Homes Are Inside High-Decibel Areas on New F-35 Sound Maps

This is an empirical example of the word "inhumane." With the Catch 22 remake now playing on Hulu, here in Chittenden County we are inserting a screaming war machine into the lives of human beings and trying to make those lives somehow better. In this case though, the machines trump the people: Sacrifices have to be made, and it is the people who sacrifice -- so say they. Catch 22!

Imagine. We are attempting to "insulate" people against demonstrable harm, not simply to their health but to their community. It exemplifies what we do to ecosystems: Namely, we first destroy and then apply illusory bandaids to pretend that our destructive actions can be magically "mitigated." Pure delusion, pure poppycock!

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Posted by Bruce Post on 05/28/2019 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award to Be Renamed

As Chair of the library board, I agree with Josh's description. We learned in our discussions that, even before the eugenics issue was raised with the board, the book award committee was considering recommending a name change for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, the board felt that it was not the appropriate body to judge DCF in the context of eugenics. It was responding to the concerns expressed by some librarians that Mrs. Fisher's name was no longer the best way of promoting reading among younger students. That said, the board also spent more time grappling with the issue of eugenics and sterilization than have most Vermonters and certainly much more time than have most other official Vermont organizations.

I have confidence that the Department of Libraries will be setting up a fair and comprehensive process for going forward. It will certainly be an opportunity for Vermonters to demonstrate that we can rise above the polarized finger-pointing (and thumbs-up/thumbs-down) that dominates American society today. And, it will be a chance to have a detailed discussion well beyond the superficial vituperation that pollutes Twitter World.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 05/04/2019 at 9:19 AM

Re: “UVM's Kake Walk Featured Blackface Performers for Decades

Slide #10 looks like former Governor Phil Hoff awarding a trophy to two blackface students. Phil Hoff had an admirable record promoting civil rights, so I don't think anyone could accuse him of being a racist. But, it just goes to show how even people of good will could get entangled in a culture of insensitivity.

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Posted by Bruce Post on 02/11/2019 at 9:48 AM

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