Eesha Williams

Reggae singer N.L. Dennis to play in Brattleboro, Putney

When N.L. Dennis was singing in a recording studio with Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley stopped by to listen, and praised Dennis' delivery.

Today, Dennis lives in his native Jamaica and joins hundreds of Jamaicans who come to Vermont every summer in search of better-paying work. Most of them work on vegetable farms and at apple orchards.

Dennis works as a reggae musician.

He will perform with his band The Thunderballs in Brattleboro on June 10 and July 1 and 2, and on July 16 at Next Stage in Putney.

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Resource for homeless people needs more funding

Jeff Potter's article is excellent. One way to help homeless people like the woman in the article is to contact Governor Shumlin and our state legislators and ask them to increase funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. This can be done by raising taxes on millionaires.

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Reducing car use is good for the planet

The Brattleboro Development Review Board is considering whether to allow cars and trucks to drive though the Brooks House to get from High Street to the Harmony parking lot. The board should continue the ban on vehicles. The world's leading scientists say that climate change is a major threat...

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Protect Dummerston’s farmland

Protecting farmland is a good investment. Farmland attracts tourists. The towns that have protected the most land from development have the lowest property taxes. That's according to a study by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. This kind of investment helps rich and poor Vermonters alike. The state pays almost all of low-income homeowners' property taxes for them. Poor renters are eligible for state money to help pay their rent. In Dummerston, the Selectboard is proposing an investment of...

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Thanks to anti-fracking-pipeline activists

On Oct. 27 in Montpelier, 64 people were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience at Gov. Peter Shumlin's office. They were protesting his support for a fracked-gas pipeline in Vermont. The protest was organized by and other groups. These activists deserve our thanks for their work to save the natural environment on which all life depends.

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How to solve the housing crunch

In 1960, there were about 300 houses in Dummerston. Today, there are about 800. Almost all of those new houses were single-family houses built in remote areas of farmland and forestland, far from other houses. Similar “development” has happened throughout Windham County. A better alternative would be to protect farmland and forest land and build multi-family housing in and near downtown Brattleboro, like the new apartments upstairs from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Old, drafty single-family houses in Brattleboro could be...

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VY may be closing, but the danger still remains

Entergy wants to end the system of sirens, free “tone alert radios” for people within 10 miles of the Vermont Yankee, and automated phone calls in case of a nuclear emergency. Thanks to a protest movement in the Brattleboro area that saw thousands march and hundreds arrested for non-violent, civil disobedience, the 42-year-old reactor will close permanently in December. But when Vermont Yankee closes, its 530 or so tons of nuclear waste will remain on site. The waste is the...

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Mass movements have achieved improbable results — why not peace?

There was a rally for peace in Brattleboro on April 15 outside the main post office sponsored by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. In Windham County, it's likely that people are dying because they don't have health insurance. In 2010, more than 44,000 Americans died because the U.S. does not have universal health care, which Europe and Canada have. A small percentage of the military budget could provide free health care for every American. Almost half (45 percent)

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