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Editorial: BLSG misses mark, but is there a silver lining for insect control district?

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Without a doubt, life forces have conspired against the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen Insect Control District’s efforts to control the first hatch of mosquitos this spring. The weather created a perform storm for breeding; the Lemon Fair district’s plane was no longer in use to drop larvacide in the region’s expansive swamps; and a change in spraying practices was mandated by the state.

Consequently, it’s bad out there; as bad as it’s been for a decade — maybe longer.

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Editorial: Legislature wraps up with impressive scorecard

Posted on May 18, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



It wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day, this Legislature and the Shumlin administration passed a couple major pieces of legislation, and overcame several significant budget hurdles in crafting a reasonable budget in tough times.

The major legislation focused on cleaning up the state’s waterways (particularly Lake Champlain) and passing a major reform of school governance and cost containment. Both pieces of legislation were introduced early in the session, were thoroughly discussed and rehashed over and over, before being passed by large majorities.

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Editorial: A salute to steps forward in the legislature

Posted on May 14, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Shumlin Administration and the Vermont Legislature certainly have had their low points this session, starting with the governor abandoning his health care reform initiative and now being on the verge of scuttling the Vermont Health Exchange, as well as struggling to find ways to bridge a $130-plus million budget gap, but we’d be remiss not to note the few high points of the session, and to recognize the positive steps taken that move us forward.

Here are a few bills passed recently that will serve Vermont well.

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Editorial: Solar misfire; scrap it, try again

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Robert Kennedy Jr. continued his nationwide anti-vaccine tour with a stopover in Vermont this Tuesday, spreading his campaign of misinformation and misguided claims that the Centers for Disease Control was corrupt and in the hip pocket of “big pharma.” A Vermont-based anti-vaccine group sponsored Kennedy’s visit to Montpelier, paying for his flight and expenses in a last-minute effort to dissuade the Legislature from cutting out the philosophical exemption that currently allows parents to avoid school-mandated vaccinations when children enter kindergarten.

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Editorial: Down the rabbit hole: Kennedy portrays extreme views of vaccine opponents

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



Robert Kennedy Jr. continued his nationwide anti-vaccine tour with a stopover in Vermont this Tuesday, spreading his campaign of misinformation and misguided claims that the Centers for Disease Control was corrupt and in the hip pocket of “big pharma.” A Vermont-based anti-vaccine group sponsored Kennedy’s visit to Montpelier, paying for his flight and expenses in a last-minute effort to dissuade the Legislature from cutting out the philosophical exemption that currently allows parents to avoid school-mandated vaccinations when children enter kindergarten.

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Editorial: Taxes and state priorities

Posted on May 3, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Hundreds of Vermonters from across the state have apparently deluged state senators with the message not to tax their TV, apparently because they think their television service is an essential item and they couldn’t possibly afford any increase in rates.

Hundreds more have argued against extending the sales tax to soda, candy and bottled water, and major lobbying groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars opposing the initiative.

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Legislative Update: economic development a priority

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Fred Baser



We are in the final weeks of the Legislative session. I fear if we need to extend the session it will be the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee’s doing, as the 150-page Senate bill (S.138) that we received in our committee a few weeks ago has just left our committee with many changes and additions.

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Editorial: New Haven's push on solar policy points to a better way to advance industry's growth

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The passion that drives the renewable energy movement can be, ironically, its own worst enemy.

A few years ago champions of wind energy found themselves in a heated battle with the citizens and towns in the Northeast Kingdom. Wind advocates, so sure of their pure intent, failed to understand the aesthetic damage and the community opposition. After two projects were built, the opposition against more projects was so great that Gov. James Douglas withdrew his support and wind development flat-lined.

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