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Editorial: Two battles on the horizon

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the ongoing budget battle in Montpelier, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s pitch to avoid higher taxes resonates with the average Vermont voter and Main Street businesses, while Speaker of the House Shap Smith has the political muscle of the House (and the support of a host of lobbying groups representing the low-income population) on his side to support a package of tax increases to balance the budget.

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Editorial: Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' still rings hollow 10 years later

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Angelo



On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, insurgents against the government in power there killed at least 65 people, and wounded more than 240, in the deadliest day in that strife-torn country this year. The attacks that killed the people were thought to have been led by al-Qaida’s Iraq arm.

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Editorial: Doing the public's business

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



With the crossover deadline for legislation coming due last Friday, it’s appropriate to briefly review a few of the more significant measures that have been drafted, discussed and passed — starting with the Senate.

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Editorial: The real gamble for Middlebury is not to try a business development director

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



At Middlebury’s Town Meeting, the one surprise came in the spur-of-the-moment discussion over the economic viability of the town’s newly hired business development director. In what started out as an introduction of the new director, Jamie Goucher, the conversation quickly turned to how the director’s performance would be measured and how committed the stakeholders were to funding the position over the first five years and thereafter. The concern was that taxpayers would be funding the position after the year 2017.

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Editorial: Gun control bill was a missed opportunity

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



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Guest editorial: How the Legislature can restore balance to UVM board

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



Legislation has been proposed that forbids lawmakers from serving as trustees for the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont and for the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The bill’s purpose is to prevent the conflict of interest that arises when legislators serving as trustees have the responsibility of representing both the taxpayers and the schools. The belief is that the legislators should not be put in the position of serving two masters.

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Guest editorial: Wind power bill defies strong public support

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



When two out of every three Vermonters express support for something, that’s considered overwhelming support. Politically, it’s bulletproof.

That was the message delivered by a Castleton State College poll in which 66 percent of Vermonters expressed support for wind power.

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Guest editorial: Vermonters need to control school spending

Posted on March 4, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



There should be a warning sign attached to this year’s vote on the state’s schools’ budgets. It should read: “Costs are higher than expected, and will go higher still, despite the fact that we are educating fewer students. No end in sight.”

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