Rutland Herald

The Solar Powered Village of Tinginapu, in the Eastern Ghats of Orissa:  Barefoot solar engineer Minakshi Diwan 20, tends to maintenance works in the solar village.  The Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP) is an organisation funded by DFID and run with the state government of Orissa.  The project took 4 women from a remote tribal village and trained them in Solar Powered Engineering, and installed Solar lighting in their village which had not seen electricity for over 15 years.  The Orissa Tribal Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineers Association has now got a contract to build 3000 solar-powered lanterns for schools and other institutions and is training other people in the community.

Rich Countries Need to Do the Right Thing

July 18, 2021 at 1:16 pm

TIMES ARGUS 07/17/21 RUTLAND HERALD 07/17/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke The G7 meeting last month shows how much work is still needed to help less-developed countries respond to increasing climate disasters. With rich countries merely reaffirming their more than 10-year-old outdated commitment to provide $100 billion […]

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Next Vermont Senator

Next Vermont Senator

July 3, 2021 at 10:17 am

RUTLAND HERALD 07/03/21 TIMES ARGUS 07/03/21 By Michael Shank To all the older white men potentially queuing for the 2022 election for U.S. Senate to represent Vermont, please step aside. Speaking as a white man to the handful of you who might run, I urge you to make space. As […]

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Climate Repairs Now Urgent

Climate Repairs Now Urgent

June 12, 2021 at 8:28 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 06/12/21 TIMES ARGUS 06/12/21 By Michael Shank There’s been a lot of postponing on the climate front of late. Some postponing has been understandable: The annual United Nations-facilitated climate talks, for example — known as the Conference of Parties, or COPs — were postponed because of COVID travel […]

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Neighborly Talk Useless

Neighborly Talk Useless

April 28, 2021 at 11:21 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 04/21/21 TIMES ARGUS 04/21/21 By Michael Shank I want to critique an oft-repeated proposition in Brandon — and throughout Vermont — that you can deal with a grievance by simply “talking with your neighbor.” To be clear, I support sitting down with anyone and, in diplomacy work, believe […]

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No Noise Ordinance to be Pursued in Brandon

No Noise Ordinance to be Pursued in Brandon

April 19, 2021 at 11:39 am

RUTLAND HERALD 04/13/21 By Keith Whitcomb Jr.  BRANDON — There won’t be a noise ordinance in town, at least not anytime soon, after a 4-1 rejection voted by the Select Board on Monday. For the past several months, the town has debated whether to draft a noise ordinance. Two public […]

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Equity-Based Planning

Equity-Based Planning

April 14, 2021 at 10:55 am

RUTLAND HERALD 04/13/21 TIMES ARGUS 04/13/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke President Joe Biden’s long-awaited American Jobs Plan has finally arrived, weighing in at $2.3 trillion in spending over 8 years. In today’s dollars, this is almost five times the new funding provided in President Obama’s 2009 […]

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Townsfolk Far Apart on Noise Ordinance

Townsfolk Far Apart on Noise Ordinance

March 31, 2021 at 1:49 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 03/29/21 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. Staff Writer  BRANDON — Some in town see a noise ordinance as a case of the government overstepping its bounds, meanwhile others think not regulating decibels makes Brandon a hard place to live. The Select Board hosted two public listening forums on March […]

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Wild West Condition

Wild West Condition

March 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 09/27/21 By Michael Shank A local zoning administrator once told me — when I served as chairman of the Brandon Planning Commission — that Vermont was the “Wild West” when it came to rules and regs. He’s not wrong. I’ve witnessed this in the lax […]

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Planning Commission Chairman Resigns, Cites Term Limits and Differing Viewpoints

Planning Commission Chairman Resigns, Cites Term Limits and Differing Viewpoints

March 15, 2021 at 11:08 am

RUTLAND HERALD 03/12/21 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. Staff Writer BRANDON — Citing a belief in term limits and differences of viewpoint from that of town leadership, the chairman of the Planning Commission resigned last week. Michael Shank sent his resignation letter to the Select Board on March 3. At Monday’s […]

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USDA Upgrade Opportunity

USDA Upgrade Opportunity

February 27, 2021 at 11:35 am

RUTLAND HERALD 02/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 02/27/21 By Michael Shank Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has indicated he’s newly committed to a USDA that prioritizes sustainable, regenerative and climate-resilient agriculture. It’s a welcomed shift from previous stints as USDA secretary under […]

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