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Editorial: Voters can take charge of the discussion in governor's race

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



Since Rep. Peter Welch’s announced last Friday that he would seek reelection to Congress and not be a candidate for governor, the governor’s race has become the horse race to watch. Not only will the campaigns be fascinating from a political perspective, but the outcome has the potential to change the state’s present course or build upon the progress made over the past five years. As importantly, the public has the opportunity to mold the debates — especially as it pertains to economic growth.

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Editorial: Welch's decision rooted in the importance of institutions

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When Rep. Peter Welch made his decision last Friday to seek reelection to Congress, his decision was the result of several days of pondering how he could best serve Vermonters. The root of that decision was based on his years of building relationships on both sides of the political aisle and what he hopes to gain from that.

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Editorial: Inconvenient truth in the shift to renewable energy

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The one-sided argument on fossil fuel consumption goes like this: All things related to fossil fuels worsen global warming, the crisis of our times, and must be banned or reduced. No exceptions. From an environmental perspective, it’s a compelling argument that is difficult to refute.

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Editorial: Ferrisburgh says no, but PSB holds the cards

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Ferrisburgh selectboard took the bold action of rejecting three of five proposed solar arrays filed this past month saying that the proposed locations would pose “an extreme visual impact.” But there’s a problem: the town doesn’t have a lot of say. As in the case of all Vermont solar arrays, towns can express their approval or disapproval, but the Public Service Board holds all the cards.

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Editorial: Smart move by the ACSU board

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Last Friday, the ACSU Executive Board voted to pursue a proposal that could form a single consolidated K-12 district, if approved by voters in elections held as soon as next March. That unified district would operate a single, over-arching budget and handle operating decisions for the nine schools in the seven participating towns and be governed by a single school board.

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Editorial: Trump enters, the GOP circus spins

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The 2016 GOP presidential primary circus took a turn toward the absurd on Tuesday when real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump announced he was “totally” running for president.

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Legislative Review: Baser supports pipeline plan

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Fred Baser



Next week the Public Service Board will hear testimony on the natural gas pipeline traveling through Addison County. Approved some time ago, the application has been reopened due to revised cost estimates. I have been approached by interested parties on both sides of the pipeline approval question to support their stance. As the pipeline is traveling through, and will be utilized in a portion of my district, Addison-4, I felt it would be right to let people know how I felt about the issue.

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Editorial: A practical call by Shumlin

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the week after Gov. Peter Shumlin’s surprise announcement that he would not seek a fourth term for governor, you could characterize the reactions in two camps: those who thought he made the decision because he didn’t want to lose what would be a tough contest, and those who were surprised he didn’t fight for a fourth term to cement his legacy on several key issues.

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Guest editorial: No easy solution for Iraq but more boots on the ground is not the anwer

Posted on June 10, 2015 |
By Haviland Smith



Much of northwestern Iraq is now under ISIS control. Shia Iraq is losing its war with Sunni ISIS. Hawkish American conservatives and neocons demand that we re-invade that country and solve its problems. Others less bellicose tell us that we must increase our military presence there to the tune of about 1,000 troops, concentrating on advising the Iraqis on how to beat ISIS. Moderates generally are not eager to see any U.S. military involvement in the region, preferring to let the antagonists work out their own problems.

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Editorial: Finding virtue in adversity

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Bill Finger tells a cautionary tale of the railway construction that will tear up Middlebury’s downtown, starting in the spring of 2016.  It is a tale of adversity that must be overcome. The challenge, he posits in a story on Page 1, is how well we manage that adversity.

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