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Tamara Hilmes's blog http://addisonindependent.com/blog/946 en Politically Thinking: Salmon facing tough 2012 decision http://addisonindependent.com/201102politically-thinking-salmon-facing-tough-2012-decision <p>Sen. Bernie Sanders has already started organizing and raising money for his re-election campaign in 2012. Meanwhile, State Auditor Tom Salmon has told reporters and Republican activists that he is likely to announce in early March that he will be a candidate for the U.S. Senate next year. Sanders will file petitions to appear on the ballot as an independent, but he could also win the Democratic primary on write-in votes. </p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/6940/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/6940">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201102politically-thinking-salmon-facing-tough-2012-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Politically Thinking Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:30:00 +0000 Tamara Hilmes 6940 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: A New Year's resolve http://addisonindependent.com/201012editorial-new-years-resolve <p>As America greets the New Year, we wonder if this nation has the collective resolve to true our wayward ship, to shake off the doldrums, renew our spirit of individual responsibility and regain our status as the inspirational leader in the world of new ideas. </p> <p>To do that, we would first need to pay less heed to the naysayers, to honor those who seek to improve their communities and the common good — not those who benefit at the expense of others to the detriment of the national character and strength.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/6636/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/6636">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201012editorial-new-years-resolve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:30:00 +0000 Tamara Hilmes 6636 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Did Obama cave or score? http://addisonindependent.com/201012did-obama-cave-or-score <p>Did President Barack Obama cave in to Republican leaders when he didn’t need to? Would it not have been better for Democrats to let the tax cuts expire on Dec. 31 — along with unemployment insurance for 2 million jobless Americans — and then watch to see if House Republicans would continue to push tax cuts for millionaires, while the unemployed went hungry and tens of millions of middle-class Americans contemplate tax increases?</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/6457/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/6457">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201012did-obama-cave-or-score" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Thu, 09 Dec 2010 18:30:05 +0000 Tamara Hilmes 6457 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: American exceptionalism, writ small via GOP's culture war http://addisonindependent.com/201012editorial-american-exceptionalism-writ-small-gops-culture-war <p>If you’re wondering why a few Republican leaders are pouncing on President Obama’s alleged dismissal of “American exceptionalism,” it’s mostly politics, not substance. These would-be presidential hopefuls are suggesting that Obama is undermining American values in an attempt to smear his reputation among voters. The hope is that Americans will turn against the president not because of what he will have accomplished or believes, but by how Republicans characterize his views as “un-American.”<br /> It is, in short, another shameful episode of the ‘culture wars’ waged by the Republican Party.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/6407/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/6407">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201012editorial-american-exceptionalism-writ-small-gops-culture-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:00:01 +0000 Tamara Hilmes 6407 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Shumlin's excellent choices http://addisonindependent.com/201012editorial-shumlins-excellent-choices <p>Four weeks after a hard-fought election, Governor-elect Peter Shumlin continues to surprise and impress with his choice of department heads and the speed with which he is assembling a very capable cabinet.<br /> The recent appointment of political rival Doug Racine, a state senator in Chittenden County for 14 years (along with six years as lieutenant governor) who lost the gubernatorial primary race to Shumlin by a razor-thin 203 votes, not only demonstrates Shumlin’s willingness to mend fences but also to reach out to the best leaders available.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/6406/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/6406">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201012editorial-shumlins-excellent-choices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:00:00 +0000 Tamara Hilmes 6406 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Early choices set telling tone for Shumlin's administration http://addisonindependent.com/201011editorial-early-choices-set-telling-tone-shumlins-administration <p>Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin’s selection of his inner circle early this week set an important tone for the upcoming session: one of fiscal restraint and pragmatism. That’s particularly true of his selection of State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding as secretary of administration and Susan Bartlett as special assistant to the governor — both moderate Democrats known for their conservative approach on fiscal matters.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/6306/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/6306">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201011editorial-early-choices-set-telling-tone-shumlins-administration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Thu, 18 Nov 2010 18:00:03 +0000 Tamara Hilmes 6306 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Swinging at gnats, not dragons http://addisonindependent.com/201011editorial-swinging-gnats-not-dragons <p>The news Tuesday that Congress will place a ban on earmarks — spending items by lawmakers directed to their home states, also known as ‘pork’ — must be taken as a misguided blow against practices that inflate the national deficit by naive Tea Party activists, and those who fear them.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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Those two recommendations are direct opposites of the policies he championed during Reagan’s first term.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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To the extent that is done, area residents will be reminded how frugal this board has been over the past couple of years, while still respecting the town’s need for progress and a consistent approach to infrastructure repair and maintenance.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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