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Guest Editorial: Smart meters are first step in bigger process

Posted on May 23, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Change comes easiest when people understand how they benefit. Motivation is almost in direct proportion to how much they save, or profit, or are made to feel better. Central to all this is the ability to communicate effectively.

That ability, or willingness, will dictate the degree of success Vermont will have with the “smart grid” technology that is about to become part of our lives. We can do the minimum, and accomplish little, or we can use the technology as the necessary catalyst to prompt the sorts of changes that truly make a difference.

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Clippings: The Story behind 'vehiculess' man

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



After living in China without a personal car for almost two years, I decided to give what I call the “vehiculess” life in Vermont a whirl. So far, it’s gone really well.

The biggest surprise to me has been the shock of friends and colleagues who can’t believe that it’s possible to live in rural Vermont without a car. But due to the central location of my Middlebury apartment, the rapidly expanding and improving Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) bus lines, and my love for biking, I haven’t needed a car outside of work.

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Health care fears overblown

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What seems to irk opponents the most about H.202, the much ballyhooed health-care reform bill passed by the Vermont legislature last week, is that Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Democratic-controlled Legislature are getting a lot of credit for establishing a process to move toward a new health care system without first figuring out the details. As one conservative curmudgeon noted in an attempt to dismiss the importance of the bill, who wouldn’t be for creating an improved health care system that covers all Vermonters for less money?

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Politically Thinking: State faces a daunting fiscal future

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston recently published data on state and local public finances in the six New England states. Vermont’s combined state and local government spending was $8,500 per capita in fiscal 2007, the most recent year for which comparable data is available for all the New England states. This was the highest per capita expenditure in the region. In the same year, Vermont’s median household income was the second lowest in New England, above only Maine, and 20 to 25 percent below that in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Out of sync with national good

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh showed his true colors this week — which are anything but red, white and blue — as he repeated on his show one of the Republican Party’s mantras of the moment: “We don’t need more revenues, folks, we need less spending! We need less spending.” And then he added, “and I, by the way, I still want Obama to fail, lest there be any doubt.”

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