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Editorial: Trump and his lemmings

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Trump supporters take note: If he tells you to jump off a cliff, don’t do it.

That unsolicited advice comes on the heels of a week in which Trump stepped deep into it three times:

• First, he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for dismissing 755 of America’s diplomatic staff in Russia with a flippant (and ignorant) comment about thanking him for reducing U.S. payroll and diplomatic expenses.

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Editorial: Tough questions for three towns demand thorough discussion

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



We won’t get into the weeds of local board decisions, but perhaps a few questions and observations will help community members shape upcoming discussions about some crucial town issues. Those issues affect the Mount Abraham Union school district, where building committee members have proposed a $35 million bond to renovate the high school; in Orwell, where that community has rejected merging with the Fair Haven Union School district under Act 46; and Middlebury taxpayers and patrons of Ilsley Library where board members have proposed a $9.6 million expansion.

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Editorial: Trump’s distractions, Browder’s testimony and Putin’s kleptocracy

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



If you missed the Senate testimony by financier Bill Browder on July 27 about how Russian operatives use American “enablers to achieve major foreign policy goals without disclosing those interests,” you’re not alone.

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Editorial: Party on! Making the most of it

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



This Wednesday night in downtown Middlebury — along with the continous noise of construction crews — stores stayed open late, people milled around to shop, eat a bag of popcorn, listen to live music and enjoy what promoters were calling a Downtown Block Party.

The idea was to demonstrate that downtown businesses were still open and eager for business and that despite ongoing construction, the downtown was still a fun place to frequent.

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Editorial: Lack of GOP plan kills repeal; is fixing Obamacare the next step?

Posted on July 31, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



What Republicans hopefully learned last Friday, after its last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare failed in the Senate, is that just being opposed to policy isn’t enough. You have to also prepare a replacement policy that better serves the public.

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Editorial: Middlebury can show the wisdom – or folly – of economic planning

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



A microcosm of a age-old debate played out during Middlebury’s Tuesday night selectboard meeting on the issue of economic development. The specific issue was whether to support an economic development plan proposed by an 11-member task force, but the larger question looming in the background was the more interesting: Just how much can government do to stimulate the economy?

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Editorial: Two thoughts on Trump: There he goes again & Speaking truth to power

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



There he goes again

President Ronald Reagan coined the refrain, “There you go again,” to disarm President Jimmy Carter’s repeated attacks during the 1980 presidential campaign. The refrain has made a comeback, in a completely different context, with Donald Trump’s numerous outrages since moving into the Oval Office. Adding to his mounting number of known lies since taking office, Trump continues to shock the nation with outrage after outrage.

But last week’s outrage may take the cake.

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Editorial: Shotgun commentary — Fixing health care, mulling economic growth and a showdown over gunfire

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Note: I took a break and came back to lots going on in the area and, in national politics. Here’s a shotgun commentary on a few of those issues:

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