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Editorial: State leaders off-base trying to change school finance now

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



School budgets across the state had a remarkable success rate this Town Meeting. Of 142 school districts facing budget votes on Town Meeting Day, 135 budgets were approved, two votes had yet to be tabulated as of mid-Wednesday, and only five were defeated. That 96 percent approval rate is one of the highest in recent times, making one question the wisdom of the Democratically controlled Legislature’s push for school finance reform.

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Editorial: How to do something 'remarkably cool' — the next steps for Mount Abe

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



“We’re at the edge of an incredible opportunity to do something remarkably cool.”

That’s a quote from Bristol resident David Brynn in a story in today’s issue about the third defeat of a bond to renovate the Mount Abe middle and high school facility (see Page 1A.). What’s unique about his comment is that it looks at a defeated bond issue as an opportunity to do great things.

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A 256-year-old Vermont tradition at risk?

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont’s iconic Town Meeting Day tradition, which has been ongoing for the past 256 years, dies without your attendance and vote.

That’s not overstating the consequence in future years, if Vermont residents choose to forego the civic duty that generations of Vermonters have long held sacred. That duty includes reading up on a resident’s town and school budgets, being familiar with special articles and bond votes, and knowing the candidates running for office well enough to make an intelligent choice.

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Editorial: Governor Scott's bold support of gun control tests Democrats' ability to deliver

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



“We will remember in November.” That was the political threat gun-rights leader Ed Cutler issued to Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, in the wake of the governor’s gutsy and stunning announcement this past week that he was determined to “do all he could do” to prevent a mass shooting at a Vermont school.

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Editorial: Mount Abe's 'what if' scenario

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



“What if” is the question we ask in the third of a three-part report on the $29.5 million bond Mount Abraham district voters will decide this Town Meeting Day. That is, what if the bond gets defeated. Then what? What are the options? What is the next likely step?

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Editorial: 'Thoughts and Prayers' don't cut it. Students want action

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The sign held by Addison County resident and student Griffin Louer at a gun-control rally in Montpelier (captured on the front page of this newspaper) says it all: In handwritten script were the words “thoughts and prayers” with a line drawn through them; below that in large type were the words “Policy and Change.”

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Editorial: Raining on Trump's parade; idea called 'third-world bulls..t'

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Perhaps it should not be surprising that Donald Trump, the misguided leader of the free world, has directed the U.S. Department of Defense to organize a large Bastille Day-type military parade. The parade would be complete with missiles, tanks, heavy weapons, troops, bands and flags — similar to those staged in Russia, North Korean or banana-republic dictatorships. It’s projected to cost millions of dollars.

Trump’s request came after viewing France’s Bastille Day parade, having already expressed admiration for other military parades.

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Editorial: Constructive criticism is not to be confused with negativity

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



When opponents criticize an idea, the expected response for proponents is to defend why they think the idea is valid. That’s the give-and-take of debate, with the hoped-for result being an improved outcome.

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Editorial: A step forward for Trump, but what he didn't say is key

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, he acted the part of a calm and rational president: optimistic, mostly uplifting, and confident in the nation’s ability to prosper and remain a world leader. By Trump standards, he delivered a positive message to the country, calling it “America’s moment” to shine. Good for him. It was a welcome change from the brash divisiveness of the past 12 months.

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Editorial: Rutland, Montpelier must clean up its waste water flowing into the lake

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



If clean water is a goal all Vermonters share, then Rutland seems slow to take up the challenge of addressing a water-sewage treatment system that is the biggest culprit for dumping wastewater overflows into the Otter Creek, which then runs into Lake Champlain at Porter Bay carrying huge volumes of pollutants.

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