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Editorial: Closing hatchery is worse than just lousy math, it's poor policy

Posted on February 14, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



The Scott Administration blew the call when they proposed closing the Salisbury Fish Hatchery, and anglers and hunters throughout the state should protest for as long as it takes the Scott administration to come to its senses.

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Guest editorial: Fund clean water, now!

Posted on February 11, 2019 |
By Vermont Natural Resources Council et al.



Editor’s note: This commentary has been signed by Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Conservation Voters, Audubon Vermont, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, Lake Champlain Committee, The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, Connecticut River Conservancy, Watersheds United Vermont, and Conservation Law Foundation.

These days, it’s nice to have issues we can all agree on — like the need for clean, safe water for all Vermonters.

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Guest editorial: Does Japan have some lessons for Vermont's workforce?

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Emerson Lynn



The problems sound familiar. The labor pool is shrinking. The fertility rate is rock bottom. Immigration happens elsewhere. Unemployment is at a half-century low. Companies can’t find enough workers to staff their operations. The cost of providing for the elderly is climbing because there are fewer workers.

Typically that would be a place to avoid if avoiding stagnation were the objective.

But, although these are the circumstances in play, the expected downside has been avoided, which is starting to get attention around the world.

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Guest editorial: Town meeting warning: Time to ban plastic bags

Posted on February 4, 2019 |
By Bill Schubart



All of the plastic manufactured since Bakelite debuted during the Depression still litters the earth. The world is choking on an invention that’s barely a century old.

Today, shoppers worldwide use 500 billion single-use plastic bags a year or a million bags a minute. A million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals die annually from plastic entanglements and these are just the ones we find. There are about 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean. Fleece particles are appearing in the flesh of Atlantic fish.

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Guest editorial: New jobs, new markets require new leadership

Posted on January 31, 2019 |
By Emerson Lynn



What passes for economic development in Vermont is largely ineffective and not suited for the 21st century, according to Peter Stromgren and Bill Schubart in an op-ed elsewhere in this issue.

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Editorial: Can't ignore the issue

Posted on January 28, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



It’s not news that Vermont’s demographics show a loss of young people along with an aging population. It’s been trending that way for years. What should be shocking, however, is to vocalize the extent of that swing. Between 2000 and 2017, Vermont witnessed a 23 percent drop in school age children. We now have 30,000 fewer K-12 students than the state did 20 years ago. 

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Editorial: Understanding Trump is to know why Dems can't cave

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



What happens when Democrats and Americans begin to confront Trump? When they call his bluff and simply say, “This will hurt you more than it will hurt us.”

Democrats are at that point with the government shutdown and they have three important reasons not to give in: 

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Editorial: Residents step in to keep services open

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



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Take a look at the parking lot at the Robert Frost Interpretive Trails and you’ll notice something you might not have considered before: It’s plowed. But not by the government services that typically keep it open. A community-minded local association is helping keep it open.

Here’s the brief story:

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Editorial: The huge difference between 'affordability' and 'prosperity'

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



As Vermont’s legislators define their priorities for the session ahead and slip into a mindset that seeks to solve all of society’s problems, let’s review a recent commentary by Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison County. In that commentary, published in the Addison Independent last week, Bray artfully drew the distinction between the governor’s “affordability” platform and an alternative vision that instead seeks “prosperity.”

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Editorial: Grateful for state's politics?

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



As political partisanship reaches an all-time high in the country (recent studies show the nation’s two major political parties have never been further apart in terms of their priorities and ideology), Vermont’s political leaders offered a different scenario on the opening days of this biennium.

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