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Editorial: Are your taxes a problem?

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



The liberal Public Assets Institute recently asked all Vermonters a compelling question: Are your school taxes a problem? In seeking public response, one would think they will be flooded by responses from taxpayers who are angry about their high property tax bills.

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Editorial: Criticism — a reflection on us

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The commentary in the aftermath of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third inaugural speech this past Thursday is at once fascinating, nonsensical and maddening — but also enlightening as a mirror of our political culture.

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Editorial: Slaying the dragon of education reform

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Bristol’s Rep. Dave Sharpe might have just assumed the mantle of dragon slayer, if things go well with his new post as chair of the House Education Committee, or less favorable titles if things don’t go well. And, frankly, the odds are a toss-up.

The stated task the Education Committee faces is nothing short of Herculean: to restructure the financial system, bring down costs and reduce the property tax burden, while also improving student outcomes.

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Guest editorial: Vt. needs to fix school funding; start by changing governance

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.

He should be careful for what he asks.

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Editorial: Knowledge, experience are why Shumlin is the better candidate

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Thursday, the second day of the 2015 legislative session, one of the legislators’ first tasks will likely be their most important vote of the biennium: to decide whether Gov. Peter Shumlin will return to a third term or whether Republican Scott Milne would unseat him in a vote of the Legislature.

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Editorial: By nixing single-payer, Shumlin makes a realistic call

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin did what leaders are supposed to do: he led. He made the tough decision to nix the push to a statewide single-payer health care system because the financial impact was too great a risk to the state’s economy, at this time, and would put too great a burden on individuals and businesses.

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Editorial: Vermont bucks 'popular' politics to invest in its kids

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



It’s popular today to be critical of politicians in Washington, D.C., and in Montpelier. It’s popular to be against government spending and for tax cuts. It’s also popular to be against spending more on education — both at the state level and federal.

But what’s popular is not always smart.

What’s smart is to raise and spend money in ways that make our society stronger, enrich the individual and reduce the need for spending more on the back end.

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Editorial: Decommissioning solar: A common sense measure that makes good business sense

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



The explosion of solar arrays in Vermont, in particular Addison County, has spawned the twinkling of what could be the downside of any boom-bust cycle.

The upside of solar power is its sustainability and near-zero admissions into the atmosphere. In that manner, it is a fuel source to be developed and exploited.

The downside of its rapid deployment, however, is in the rush to cite the projects (sometimes in places that are less than ideal) as well as lax rules that govern the life cycle of any energy project.

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Editorial: City council should approve toddler park in Vergennes

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In Vergennes, the city council will take a vote next Tuesday on whether to support a recreation committee’s recommendation to build a toddler park on city-owned land that is also near the city’s swimming pool and elementary school. The city has a $21,000 state grant to fund half of the project’s $42,000 cost, with the other $21,000 slated to be taken from the city’s water/sewer fund — thus no property tax dollars would be spent on the project.

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