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Guest editorial: A ‘rightful place’ for Iran; a way to avoid war for the U.S.

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Haviland Smith



Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States — plus Germany) have now agreed on a document that severely limits Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. In return for that limitation and the ability of the Western signatories to inspect existing Iranian nuclear facilities as well as suspected military/nuclear facilities, the Iranians will see the end of most of the sanctions that have plagued them since 1979.

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Editorial: Project requires high standards

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



As Middlebury residents, businesses and town officials jump into the fray that has rather suddenly surrounded the proposed railway improvements through Middlebury’s downtown — replacing the underpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row — let’s be sure the message we’re sending does not smack of a community opposed to development and resistant to change.

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Editorial: Split railway project into two separate proposals

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Middlebury residents, businesses and town officials jump into the fray that has rather suddenly surrounded the proposed railway improvements through Middlebury’s downtown — replacing the underpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row — let’s be sure the message we’re sending does not smack of a community opposed to development and resistant to change.

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Guest editorial: Youth makes a good case for marijuana legalization

Posted on August 3, 2015 |
By Sen. Joe Benning



As a state senator, I’m used to getting missives from countless Vermonters who wish to weigh in on various subjects. But rarely do I get one from someone not even old enough to vote that is well researched and articulated on a controversial subject.

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Guest editorial: Educating a skilled Vt. work force starts early

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Some call the process glorified babysitting. And expensive. Some say it is the only means by which the state can break the cycle of poverty that traps low-income students in a closed look, low-wage environment.

The issue is universal pre-K education that, beginning next year, will be required in Vermont’s schools. According to the state department of education, over a third of our schools this fall will be ready to offer services to the three- to five-year-olds targets by the legislation signed into law more than a year ago.

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Guest editorial: Vermont's economy needs more investment, innovation

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Jim Douglas



Moving Vermont’s economy forward requires investments in both innovation and infrastructure.

There’s no shortage of innovation in Vermont — we’re fortunate to have legacy industries and cutting-edge entrepreneurs eager to contribute to our economy and provide good jobs. It’s not easy for them, however. Costs are higher here than in many other places. And too many areas of our state lack critical energy and telecommunications infrastructure necessary to compete in the 21st-century economy.

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Guest Editorial: State pushes for better ROI info on higher education

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Historically, the Vermont Legislature has used the number of full-time equivalent students to determine how much money to appropriate for the University of Vermont and the Vermont State College system. This enrollment-based funding model has been standard practice here and in most states.

That model is being rethought. As of the first of the year, 30 states have decided to move to a performance-based funding system that pegs at least a portion of the allocation to how well the students do, at what costs, and over what period of time.

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Editorial: Fast-tracked out of $100,000

Posted on July 20, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



On May 20, when the governor, House Speaker Shap Smith and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger awarded the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce $100,000 to strengthen economic ties with Quebec, little did they know that “fast-tracking” something would prove so controversial.

That’s what happens when the fast-tracing process also avoids the normal legislative requirements of transparency. Mistakes are made and everyone is put in an awkward position.

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Editorial: Potential harm to downtown derails Middlebury bridge project

Posted on July 15, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



After several years in the planning stage, just what would suddenly prompt members of the Middlebury business community to stridently oppose a $45 million to $55 million project to rebuild two deteriorating railway underpasses in the heart of Middlebury’s downtown?

The simple answer is “mission creep” of a magnitude that could seriously damage the viability of downtown businesses, and irreparably damage the fabric of the larger community.

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Editorial: Cornwall jumps into solar debate over West Street site

Posted on July 13, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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