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Editorial: Bill promoting vaccinations deserves public support

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



With several cases of measles occurring in the state last year, there is an increasing risk that continuing philosophical exemptions to vaccinations could put Vermont’s public school children in harm’s way. That’s because Vermont’s vaccination rate is coming close to 90 percent, a dangerous territory because below that rate is when contagious diseases — like measles, mumps and small pox — take hold and spread.

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Eric Davis: Vermont needs reliable highway funding

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



On most issues, Gov. Shumlin would not see eye-to-eye with Robert Bentley, the conservative Republican governor of Alabama. Yet, last week Govs. Shumlin and Bentley appeared together before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Bentley and Shumlin, speaking on behalf of their colleagues in the National Governors Association, urged Congress to pass a multi-year extension of the federal highway trust fund.

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Guest editorial: Make economic growth in Vermont a priority

Posted on January 30, 2015 |
By Betsy Bishop



With a projected $100 million budget gap, the governor and lawmakers must grapple with difficult spending and revenue decisions during the 2015 legislative session. In recent years, Vermont has closed its annual budget gap using a combination of one-time funds and unexpected revenue growth. Unfortunately, federal funds have stopped and state revenues are lagging making these strategies unlikely. However, there is another solution: The governor and lawmakers could make economic growth a priority.

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Opinion: Proposed gun law makes sense

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Anna Rose Benson



Earlier this month, a bill was introduced in the Vermont Senate to require criminal backgrounds checks for everyone buying a gun in Vermont. This means that people who have been deemed too dangerous to own a gun by Vermont courts because of their past violent actions will not be able to.

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Editorial: The proposed tax on sugary beverages hits a sweet spot

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



As the Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin search for the right combination of increased revenue and cuts in programs to make up a $118 million gap in the 2016 budget, a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages should be part of the conversation.

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Legislative breakfasts to begin Feb. 2

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session.

The 2015 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 2, and include a March 23 luncheon with Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Opinion: State can change business strategy

Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Pieter Schiller



Emerson Lynn’s editorial in the Nov. 27 issue of the Independent, “How do we grow if our political leadership balks?” is instructive regarding the anemic growth in Vermont’s economy and the shortfalls in state revenues. As Mr. Lynn notes, the pro-growth sentiment does not exist among Vermont’s political class.

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Opinion: State can change business strategy

Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Pieter Schiller



Emerson Lynn’s editorial in the Nov. 27 issue of the Independent, “How do we grow if our political leadership balks?” is instructive regarding the anemic growth in Vermont’s economy and the shortfalls in state revenues. As Mr. Lynn notes, the pro-growth sentiment does not exist among Vermont’s political class.

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Vt. fishing, hunting and trapping licenses available online Dec. 15

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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?MONTPELIER — Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for the new year will be available on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com, on Dec. 15.

Online license purchasers of 2015 licenses will automatically be entered to win an angler’s kayak and other prizes. The winner of the kayak will be drawn on May 14, while the winner of a rifle in the 2014 contest will be drawn at the Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic in January.

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Guest editorial: Lawmakers must act after court's ruling on prison suit

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Michael Carpenter is a Vermont inmate judged as a habitual offender and he was one of the 500 or so prisoners the state sends to out-of-state prisons. Today, he is back in Vermont.

He is back because he won his lawsuit against the state. He contended that his constitutional rights were violated and Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor agreed. She ruled he was denied equal protection under the Constitution.

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