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Opinion: 'Transparency' sought in ANeSU

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By R.E. Merrill



I hope this Superintendent David Adams drama in Bristol is not déjà vu, but it is playing out much like the South Burlington Superintendent Gail Durckel’s $104,000 goodbye deal back in 2006.

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Opinion: ANeSU school boards need to listen to upset voters

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Jamie Calzini



I find it hard to believe that Dawn Griswold, chairman of both the Mount Abe and Monkton school boards, has no insight as to why those budgets were not passed. At Mount Abe’s annual meeting, the audience was seething with discontent for the lack of communication and transparency, and unwillingness of the superintendent’s office to share the burden of a leaner budget.

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Clippings: Races dwindling in local elections

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



OPINION: I’ve seen an election or two in my almost 25 years covering Addison County. One of the exciting aspects of our annual Town Meeting Day coverage has been following who was challenging who for positions on local selectboards, school boards and city councils. Heck, the town of Lincoln always used to be good for a rousing race for town constable.

Unfortunately, that election-related suspense has waned considerably during the past 10 or so years. People just aren’t running for local offices the way they used to, and it’s a shame.

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On Point in Education: Incentivizing our education system

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



The House Education bill, H.361, is out. This rangy bill covers a considerable number of educational issues, and carries with it many of the ideas that had been raised through House Speaker Shap Smith’s education workgroup. Specifically, it bears down on both education spending and governance, proposing a spending cap and an incentive/disincentive approach that aims to move us forward collectively and strike a balance between mandate and self-selection.

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Eric Davis: Who will address middle class woes?

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



The research firm 24/7 Wall Street recently conducted a study of trends in middle-income stagnation and income inequality across all 50 states. The study was based on publicly available data from the Census Bureau, Labor Department and other government agencies. Vermont did not come out well, if you are someone for whom reducing inequality is a valued goal.

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Opinion: Senate gun bill passage is a public health imperative

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Sally Kerschner et al.



The Vermont Public Health Association is greatly concerned about gun violence death and disability and its profound and lasting negative effect on families and communities. Thus we support the 2015 Legislature’s efforts to create legislation that will minimize Vermonters’ exposure to ill-intended or accidental gun violence.

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Opinion: Development is not the best use for Middlebury plot

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By David Andrews



A year ago, there was lively discussion in Middlebury about the wisdom of turning over a piece of public real estate to Middlebury College in exchange for a contribution toward two new town buildings. Many in the community voiced concern about trading away a valuable public asset, the site of our present municipal building and gym.

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Opinion: Canadians right to stop estate from funding neo-Nazis

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Stewart Kirkaldy



Vermonters are generally decent and non-discriminatory citizens with respect for our fellow human beings and, in the words of George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, “answer to that of God in every one.” We find it fascinating to read an article in the recent quarterly issue of the “Intelligence Report,” a journal put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SCPLC), about a legal dispute in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

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Opinion: Vt. gun laws in need of updating

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Bobbi Loney



In January 1,400 letters and 12,000 petition signatures were hand delivered in Montpelier in support of a bill to be sponsored by, among others, our Sen. Claire Ayer. The bill, S.31, is about to be re-drafted to focus on two of the three provisions originally included.

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Opinion: Local control key in education spending

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Matthew Witten



Town Meeting on Saturday in Starksboro featured a lengthy discussion with key players in the state’s, the county’s and the town’s education deciders.

Joining our debate, in addition to our local school board, were Superintendent David Adams and Rep. Dave Sharpe, chair of the Vermont House Education Committee.

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