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Editorial: Innovative ways to grown jobs in L.A. could also work in Vt.

Posted on August 27, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



Desperate times breed innovative ideas. That’s what happened on the job front in the Los Angeles area when two things happened a few years back: after 40-50 years of traffic gridlock, Los Angeles County residents finally voted to pay for the rail lines through the county. The initiative, called Measure R, required support from two-thirds of the voters. It passed with flying colors.

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Editorial: The tip of Mr. Akin's iceberg

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



The uproar over Congressman Todd Akin’s, R-Missouri, statement on abortion has morphed into a serious concern for the Republican Party and its prospects to retake the presidency and U.S. Senate for one simple reason: his comments are reflective of the Republican Party and the belief of a majority of its congressional members. And that is a problem that gets too little attention.

The GOP’s drift to the extreme political right on social issues, and increasingly on fiscal ones, has been as dramatic as it is nonsensical.

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Editorial: Bristol siezes an opportunity

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



The Bristol Planning Commission wisely lent its support to a proposal to pursue conservation easements along a 1.6-mile stretch of the Route 116 corridor north of Bristol.

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Politically Thinking: Turnout, incumbency key in primary

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



With less than a week to go before the statewide primary election, I have two major questions about next Tuesday’s Democratic primary for attorney general between Bill Sorrell and T.J. Donovan.

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Editorial: AG race — Sorrell vs. Donovan

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Primary races often pose the toughest challenges for voters. Because the candidates often come from the same political framework and their political sensibilities are more similar than not, the choice hangs in the balance of which candidate can do a better job of executing policies that are a hair’s distance apart.

That’s the case in the Democratic primary race next Tuesday, Aug. 28, against incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell and challenger TJ Donovan.

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Editorial: Two views of Ryan's plan

Posted on August 16, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



Editor’s note: This piece was assembled by Angelo Lynn, and largely quotes two prominent sources — one conservative and one liberal — on Ryan’s budget plan.

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Clippings: Looking back at a year and a half

Posted on August 16, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



When I moved back to the U.S. from China in December 2010, I felt rootless.

Growing up in a small township in western Pennsylvania and having graduated from a college of 1,600, I was fortunate to have had my formative years shaped by tight-knit communities. While I found a similar sense of support teaching at a Chinese public school after graduating from Kenyon College, that feeling of community eluded me the following year.

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Around the bend: Slow and steady wins the race

Posted on August 16, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



A friend recently asked me why I continue to grow vegetables every year when I so clearly hate gardening.

Who says I hate it?

She reminded me that in June I described gardening as “neither easy nor particularly enjoyable” and “the pits.”

Well, yeah.

But I never said I hated it. In fact, right now I actually like it a lot.

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Editorial: National debt: cause and effect

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



The bad news is the national debt was $15.1 trillion as of the end of 2011 and growing at a clip of about 8 percent. The good news is that rate of growth in the debt is half what it was when President Obama took office.

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