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Editorial: Constructive criticism is not to be confused with negativity

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



When opponents criticize an idea, the expected response for proponents is to defend why they think the idea is valid. That’s the give-and-take of debate, with the hoped-for result being an improved outcome.

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Guest editorial: Timing could not be worse for education funding bill

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



The House Ways and Means Committee is pushing legislation that would change the way Vermont finances education. The impetus is political. Property taxes are high, and rising. Legislators want to rush in to ease the pain.

The timing could not be worse.

What the proposal does is shift some of the burden from the property tax to the income tax. The particulars have not been solidified, so we don’t know what the rates would be, or who would be affected.

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Editorial: A step forward for Trump, but what he didn't say is key

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, he acted the part of a calm and rational president: optimistic, mostly uplifting, and confident in the nation’s ability to prosper and remain a world leader. By Trump standards, he delivered a positive message to the country, calling it “America’s moment” to shine. Good for him. It was a welcome change from the brash divisiveness of the past 12 months.

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Editorial: Rutland, Montpelier must clean up its waste water flowing into the lake

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



If clean water is a goal all Vermonters share, then Rutland seems slow to take up the challenge of addressing a water-sewage treatment system that is the biggest culprit for dumping wastewater overflows into the Otter Creek, which then runs into Lake Champlain at Porter Bay carrying huge volumes of pollutants.

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It's a game-changing idea, but who's leading the way?

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Phil Scott gave his budget address on Tuesday and did as well as he could to put a rosy face on a drab proposal.

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Guest editorial: Why we plunge in icy water for Special Olypics

Posted on January 22, 2018 |
By Sue Minter



On February 3, I will run through snow and ice with over 1,200 Vermonters to jump into Lake Champlain for the annual Penguin Plunge. This will be my first time taking the Plunge, which is the largest annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Vermont — a statewide organization that is part of a global movement dedicated to transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. I will have to summon all my courage to plunge into the icy water. But I will be warmed knowing that my action will positively impact so many Vermont families.

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Pennywise, pound-foolish

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In business, it’s good to be optimistic. It sets a good tone for customers, creates a good vibe in the work place, and inspires confidence among business-to-business peers.

It’s also imperative to be realistic. You have to call things like they are, and you can’t be a Pollyanna when things go awry.

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Guest editorial: The Legislature and Vermont's core challenge

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



The Vermont Legislature returned to work with a single goal that should prevail over all others — the need to redeploy and reallocate the resources we have to break us out of the low-growth cycle we’re in.

Everything else is a sideshow.

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Editorial: Pot bill's passage is just the beginning of the discussion

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



With surprising speed, Vermont’s House (last week) and the Senate (on Wednesday) passed H.511, a bill that legalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Gov. Phil Scott has said he will sign the bill into law — and it’s only the second week of the legislative session.

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Editorial: At age 100 she's a model for us all

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



At 100, a model for all

Wow. That’s the first reaction I had when reading today’s front-page story about Mary Baker turning 100 this Saturday. It’s not just that she made this rare milestone, but that she continues to be so active.

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