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Editorial: Promises on health care reform not good enough

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It is not just semantics that undermines Gov. Peter Shumlin’s push for a single-payer health care system when businesses, providers and patients hear the proposed reform as a promise instead of a guarantee. It’s today’s economic pressures, past practices that haven’t lived up to the hype, and a decision to delay any explanation of the financing that has people up in arms.

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Editorial: A call for openness, clarity

Posted on February 21, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Editorial: Of hospitals, taxes and the holy grail

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Porter Hospital officials posed a legitimate beef with Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed provider tax on hospitals in a front page story in today’s Addison Independent: “These reductions will clearly impair our ability to be an effective partner in the way reform is occurring in this state, in the way that Gov. Shumlin and Gov.

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Guest editorial: Stumbling in the ruins

Posted on February 14, 2011 |
By Haviland Smith



In his 1993 article in Foreign Policy titled “The Clash of Civilizations?” Samuel Huntington posits that “in the future ... countries with large numbers of people of different civilizations ... are candidates for dismemberment.” In this context, “civilizations” are defined by language, history, religion, customs and institutions.

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Editorial: 'Early ed' bill goes astray

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It’s that time of the legislative session in which a slew of bills are introduced with well-meaning intentions, but proceed with undue momentum and not enough skeptical scrutiny. H.97 is one of those bills. Advertised as a way to strengthen the state’s early education day-care facilities, the bill already has the preliminary endorsement of Gov. Peter Shumlin, 53 representatives and 11 senators, and the support of former Gov. Howard Dean — and yet it may do more harm than good in its current version and is irresponsible for its lack of fiscal prudence.

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Editorial: Tackling the health care crisis

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Before critics pick apart the Shumlin administration’s health care proposal, Vermonters must step back a few paces and view the issue from afar.

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Editorial: Tax report strikes right chord

Posted on January 24, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Of the many ideas to come out of the Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission’s 18-month study, the over-arching plan to tax residents on “adjusted gross income” rather than “taxable income” strikes the right chord and should receive the Legislature’s overwhelming support.

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Editorial: Let's embrace this

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What do towns need to thrive in today’s global economy? How do we counter the loss of manufacturing jobs? How do we lay a solid economic foundation for tomorrow’s economy?

How do we prepare for things that we cannot yet know?

Here’s a suggestion: Let’s be part of communities that move forward.

Forget the details for a moment; embrace the concept.

 

 

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Guest Editorial: Giving back on MLK Day

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By Matt Dunne



Each year on Dr. King’s birthday, I find myself reflecting on his message of equality and giving back. This year, as Americans grapple with the tragic events of Jan. 8 in Arizona, including the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, my perspective on the holiday has taken a different focus.

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Editorial: A warning shot for the GOP

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If Republicans don’t think the calls to violence from Republican politicians — ranging from Sarah Palin to Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minnesota — have a caustic and negative effect on the nation’s political discourse, perhaps they should tune into what just happened among a handful of Republican party officials there: they resigned out of fear of their personal lives and because of how rightwing Tea Party members were treating moderate Republicans.

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