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Editorial: Porter's golden goose; plus how a $11 million deficit can yield a $3.7 million surplus

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



Ask the average bloke on the street what they know about Porter Hospital’s finances and chances are they would say Porter is close to failing and they heard something about the hospital losing $11 million in the past four years. “Wowza,” they might add. “How can the hospital stay open with that much red ink? Better cut expenses and fast!”

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Editorial: Rapid-fire changes at Porter done; let the healing begin

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a rare move at Porter Medical Center, the medical staff last Tuesday cast a vote of no-confidence in Porter’s CEO, Lynn Boggs, and delivered that decision on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, Boggs had graciously submitted her resignation and the board promptly named Fred Kniffin, MD, to step in as interim CEO.

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Editorial: Ain't no denying climate change around here

Posted on March 20, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



While some conservatives continue to deny climate change, most Vermonters believe in what they see, and know that it’s getting warmer out there.

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Editorial: Why Democrats need Bernie

Posted on March 16, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



After Tuesday’s primary wins in four states and a dead-heat in Missouri, Hillary Clinton made big strides in her push to claim the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. But Clinton’s campaign did the Democratic Party a disservice when campaign manager Robby Mook suggested in a memo to supporters that Clinton’s “pledged delegate lead is so significant that even a string of victories by Sen. Sanders over the next few weeks would have little impact.”

That’s a disservice for several reasons:

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Editorial: Trump: Playing with matches

Posted on March 14, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cultivated a vigilante culture among his supporters. At his rallies he often praises the police and supports law and order, but his message to his followers is to embrace anarchy.

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Editorial: Porter board takes critical steps to address discontent

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



By openly admitting fault in their process and being willing to scrap the existing salary contracts with physicians and other providers and start anew, the Porter management team took a critically important step to improving what rapidly was becoming a toxic environment at the Middlebury hospital campus.

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Guest Editorial: UVM's 40 percent rule 'is a policy relic that does harm'

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont touts itself as a state whose commitment to education has no equal. That is a half-truth.  We do well with grades PreK-12. Nationally, no state’s commitment is our equal.  When it comes to higher education, we fail. Nationally, all states do more to support higher education than does Vermont.

As the economy becomes more dependent on a highly educated workforce, this lack of commitment poses obvious warnings. 

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Editorial: Bernie's not-so-bad Tuesday

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



America, Feel the Bern.

Hillary, certainly, is feeling the heat. Consider that if Sen. Sanders had collected an additional half percentage point in Massachusetts he would have won five primaries to Clinton’s six on a day that heavily favored Clinton’s strongest base of support. But for that half percentage point, the headlines would have been dramatically different.

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Editorial: Revolution in our schools?

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



While Vermont’s junior senator Bernie Sanders is proclaiming a political revolution in his race for the Democratic presidential nomination, a quieter revolution is underway within Vermont’s schools. Act 46, passed last spring, is changing how our schools operate, hopefully for the better. The first step is unified governance, which was recently embraced by three area school districts, but that could be just the tip of the iceberg.

One perspective of that story can be viewed through the lens of the Leicester Elementary School.

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Editorial: Why cast a vote for Bernie?

Posted on February 29, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Why cast a vote for Bernie?

On Tuesday, Vermonters will not only cast ballots on local budgets and candidates, but for a presidential nominee of either the Republican or Democratic parties. For those choosing to vote in the Democratic primary, here’s why we’re voting for Vermont’s junior Senator, Bernie Sanders.

He is fighting the right fights:

• Bernie has led the national discussion on income inequality and will continue to do so.

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