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Politically Thinking: Risk to Vt. in 2012 is a GOP sweep

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin and Vermont’s Democratic legislative majorities do not need to be overly concerned about re-election in 2012. However, they do face a major political risk next year: the impacts of Republican control of both the presidency and Congress on Vermont’s fiscal policy.

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Editorial: Death-with-dignity deserves its day in the public's court

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



Death-with-dignity deserves its day in the public’s court

As legislative committees meet to prepare agendas for the upcoming session, one piece of legislation deserves consideration and the opportunity for a vote. The issue, known as death-with-dignity, is no stranger to House committees over the past two sessions, but has never been brought to a vote of the full body nor has it been introduced in the Senate.

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Clippings: Local paddlers test the waters

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



We’re all a little hydro-phobic after Irene. If you live near a river, if your septic system erupted through the yard or if your satellite dish is on its way to the middle stratosphere, you know what I mean. You cringe when the toilet flushes, and sleep with an inflatable dolphin.

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Editorial: Proposed gas pipeline boosts effort to attract more industrial jobs

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



News that Vermont Gas Systems received permission from the Vermont Public Service Board to use ratepayer revenue to finance a proposed pipeline into Addison County boosts local efforts to attract economic growth and to retain existing industries in Vergennes and Middlebury.

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Around the Bend: Others' hands make 'light' work

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



You’ve heard the expression “If you want something done, do it yourself.”

I use this a lot. Like a few weeks ago, when I stared up at the dome ceiling light over our kitchen table and announced my plans to replace it with a proper chandelier.

My husband, Mark, groaned. He wasn’t opposed to a fancier light, but lately he’d been working so much his focus was more on putting food on the table than on illuminating it.

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Guest editorial: Will it be chaos or repression?

Posted on October 3, 2011 |
By Haviland Smith



Clearly, Libya is stumbling to a final conclusion. We have, rightly or wrongly, played some role in the outcome. We have been involved in air support of the rebel troops on the ground and there are rumors that we have been involved in an advisory capacity as well.

But the extent of our involvement doesn’t really matter. What really matters is what is to come in Libya and the extent to which we as a nation believe that we should have a say in that outcome.

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Clippings: What Gov. Perry and I have in common

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Validation of one’s personal perspective is almost always sweet — but usually not bitter as well.

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, recently penned a column in which he drew the distinction between political partisanship, bipartisanship and seeking solutions that actually address problems to get things done.

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Politically Thinking: Obama faces re-election challenge

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Projecting electoral votes in 2012 demonstrates the challenges facing President Obama’s re-election. Even before any votes are cast, Obama’s path to 270 electoral votes is difficult due to changes in the apportionment of House seats and electoral votes following the 2010 census. Because of shifts in population from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and Southwest, the states Obama won in 2008 will have eight fewer electoral votes in 2012 than in 2008.

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Editorial: Statistics can tell the story

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Sometimes statistics do tell the story.

According to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, mid- to lower-class Vermonters took it on the chin between 2008-2010.

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Editorial: A sobering assessment

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Looking ahead to the presidential election in 2012, it’s difficult for many of us in Vermont to believe that any of the Republican candidates we’ve seen so far have a message Americans want to follow. President Obama, while taking a beating in national polls right now, still stands a good chance of being re-elected — right?

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