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Guest editorial: Make your bed perfectly, and don't ring that bell

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



You may never look at an unmade bed the same upon reading the commencement address delivered by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven to University of Texas graduates.

It was part of his forced routine 36 years ago when he left college for basic SEAL training in Coronado, Calif. The beds had to be made perfectly. Every morning. The lesson being that even tough guys make their beds and that if you can’t “get the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

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A more vibrant GOP voice would make Vt. stronger

Posted on June 5, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the deadline for filing for political office in Vermont nears its June 12 cutoff, the Vermont Republican party is largely missing in action. A gubernatorial candidate is yet to be named. No notable party leaders have stepped to the fore for down-party offices, and while there is talk about working to take legislative seats, there has been little action. By comparison, the Progressive Party’s filing for 21 statewide seats and offices is far more impressive and makes the GOP look weak and disorganized.

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Guest Editorial: Pledge never to forget

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By Biddle Duke



There is a notable and unacceptable convergence this Memorial Day: a flood of news about the commitment of American soldiers abroad and of news about the mistreatment of our soldiers once they come home. It is impossible to reconcile America’s decisions to send men and women abroad to fight so that fragile nations can find their footing in a free world against America’s own failure to care for its wounded.

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Editorial: Republican's retort big on criticism, but lacking courage

Posted on May 23, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, opted not to represent her party as the gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. Peter Shumlin for reelection this November, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t interested in running for the state’s top office down the road, or at least grabbing the political spotlight when she can. That seems obvious from her op-ed released at the end of last week challenging the Democrats’ estimation of their own performance this biennium.

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Editorial: Lisman's choice opens up new role for Campaign Vermont

Posted on May 22, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In state political news, the biggest announcement of the week was Bruce Lisman reporting that he would not be running for governor against Democrat incumbent Peter Shumlin. That seemingly gives Shumlin clear sailing for another two-year term. Considering the controversial issues at stake — paying for health care reform, restructuring school governance and getting school spending under control, and keeping a lid on state taxes, to name a few — it’s surprising that a strong opponent hasn’t yet emerged.

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Editorial: Is fear of the unkown preventing education reform?

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Among the many issues tackled this legislative session, the outcome of several education initiatives was a mixed bag. To its credit the Legislature did expand access to universal pre-kindergarten education to all three- and four-year-olds at a modest cost as 80 percent of schools already had such programs. Combined with a $37 million federal grant to support early childhood education programs, the very youngest Vermonters now have a brighter future than ever before.

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Editorial: Middlebury's moment — take time to do projects well

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Good for Middlebury. Residents turned out in high numbers for a revote on a municipal bond that confirmed its earlier decision to go forward with the proposed $6.5 million project. That 1,600 people turned out for a revote in mid-May, just 119 fewer than the initial Town Meeting Day vote, is a credit to voter participation and community interest.

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Editorial: Vote this Tuesday

Posted on May 11, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Special elections are notorious for smaller turnouts. That’s particularly unfortunate for issues of importance and which have dominated the public discourse for months. In Middlebury, almost 1,700 cast votes on Town Meeting Day to decide in favor of a $6.5 bond to build a new municipal building and recreational center. Almost certainly, fewer people will vote in this reconsideration on Tuesday, but hopefully a reasonable number will turn out so that the issue can be put to rest.

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Editorial: Don't let 'perfection' be the enemy of good — vote 'yes' on Article 1

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Middlebury residents face a revote next Tuesday on its proposed $6.5 million municipal building/recreational center project, we tip our hats to the more civil nature of the debate this time around. Arguments have stuck to the core issue of the value of the buildings being proposed, their location and how well they will collectively serve the public.

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