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Emerson Lynn http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1276/all en Guest Editorial: $200 million for Vt.'s health exchange? What's Plan B? http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-200-million-vts-health-exchange-whats-plan-b <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> The cost of the Vermont Health Care exchange recently took another jump. It is now expected to cost $200 million, which is the equivalent of billing every man, woman and child in Vermont $320.</p> <p> For something that has yet to work.</p> <p> Vermont&rsquo;s exchange serves roughly 30,000 people (a fraction of what was intended,) which means the per-person cost is $6,666.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29140">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-200-million-vts-health-exchange-whats-plan-b" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial health care reform Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:51:00 +0000 Zach Despart 29140 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Gun control crosses current of Vermont's political tides http://addisonindependent.com/201502guest-editorial-gun-control-crosses-current-vermonts-political-tides <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> No state is more liberal than Vermont when it comes to its politics. And no state is more conservative than Vermont when it comes to its guns.</p> <p> Raise my taxes.</p> <p> Tell me where I can build my home and where I can&rsquo;t.</p> <p> Tell me which doctor I can visit.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28395">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502guest-editorial-gun-control-crosses-current-vermonts-political-tides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial gun control legislature third rail Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:01:27 +0000 Zach Despart 28395 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Vt. needs to fix school funding; start by changing governance http://addisonindependent.com/201501guest-editorial-vt-needs-fix-school-funding-start-changing-governance <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.</p> <p align="left"> He should be careful for what he asks.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27742">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501guest-editorial-vt-needs-fix-school-funding-start-changing-governance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial education legislature reform spending Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:38:01 +0000 Zach Despart 27742 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Lawmakers must act after court's ruling on prison suit http://addisonindependent.com/201412guest-editorial-lawmakers-must-act-after-courts-ruling-prison-suit <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Michael Carpenter is a Vermont inmate judged as a habitual offender and he was one of the 500 or so prisoners the state sends to out-of-state prisons. Today, he is back in Vermont.</p> <p align="left"> He is back because he won his lawsuit against the state. He contended that his constitutional rights were violated and Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor agreed. She ruled he was denied equal protection under the Constitution.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27174">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412guest-editorial-lawmakers-must-act-after-courts-ruling-prison-suit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Judge lawsuit out of state prison Vermont Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:35:30 +0000 Zach Despart 27174 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest Editorial: How do we grow is our political leadership balks? http://addisonindependent.com/201411guest-editorial-how-do-we-grow-our-political-leadership-balks <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> Art Woolf, the oft-cited University of Vermont economics professor, last week explained the source of Vermont&rsquo;s economic difficulties to the annual gathering of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corp. It was not lengthy. Nor was it complicated. The prevailing leadership in Vermont, he said, doesn&rsquo;t like growth.</p> <p> There are complicating factors. We&rsquo;re small. We&rsquo;re geographically isolated. We don&rsquo;t have a hospitable climate and we&rsquo;re old and growing older. Even a pro-growth movement would find Vermont tough sledding.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27163">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411guest-editorial-how-do-we-grow-our-political-leadership-balks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial leadership politicians Vermont Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:14:41 +0000 Zach Despart 27163 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: 45-cent gas tax? That's nuts http://addisonindependent.com/201411editorial-45-cent-gas-tax-thats-nuts <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> If several Vermont environmental groups and key policy makers have their way, the Legislature will impose a tax on gasoline and heating fuels, raising the price of a gallon of gas an estimated 45 cents. This will be Vermont&rsquo;s way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p> They are delusional.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27052">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411editorial-45-cent-gas-tax-thats-nuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Carbon tax election Environmentalists gas Oil taxes Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:28:09 +0000 Zach Despart 27052 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: 'Sweat equity' defined http://addisonindependent.com/201410guest-editorial-sweat-equity-defined <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have figured out that exercise safeguards against depression.</p> <p> Anyone who experiences stress &mdash; absolutely every person on the planet &mdash; knows physical activity makes you feel better. There&rsquo;s nothing like a brisk walk &mdash; around the Trail Around Middlebury, in the Green Mountains or just around town, or a run or bike ride&mdash; to clear one&rsquo;s mind of life&rsquo;s annoyances.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25978">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410guest-editorial-sweat-equity-defined" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:39:47 +0000 Trent Campbell 25978 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Why would we cut tax credits for job creation? http://addisonindependent.com/201408guest-editorial-why-would-be-cut-tax-credits-job-creation <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the tax credit allowed Vermont businesses for research and development was cut from 30 percent to 27 percent of the federal credit. The legislation signaling this reduction was signed into law last month, the same month the state went into a tailspin about the future of IBM and its 4,000 jobs.</span></p> <p align="left"> Included in the legislation is also the requirement that the state tax department publish the names of all those who avail themselves of the reduced tax credit.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25169">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201408guest-editorial-why-would-be-cut-tax-credits-job-creation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial job creation jobs tax credits taxes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:47:43 +0000 Zach Despart 25169 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Doug Racine's ouster and the lessons learned http://addisonindependent.com/201408editorial-doug-racines-ouster-and-lessons-learned <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">When the head of a state agency is fired, the reasons for the dismissal should be required reading for other agency heads and potential successors. That is particularly true in the case of ousted Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24997">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201408editorial-doug-racines-ouster-and-lessons-learned" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Agency of Human Services Chen firing Racine Shumlin Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:38:26 +0000 Zach Despart 24997 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest Editorial: The 'new normal' or is it Vermont's denial? http://addisonindependent.com/201408editorial-new-normal-or-it-vermonts-denial <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">It&rsquo;s being called the new normal. Our unemployment rate is near full employment, the economy, while not robust, still trudges forward, real estate prices are edging upward &mdash; but the state&rsquo;s budget is forever in the red.</span></p> <p> We can&rsquo;t seem to get ahead.</p> <p> The next budget year continues the trend. The Shumlin administration has asked each of its agencies to submit a budget that reflects a 4 percent cut &mdash; totaling roughly $31 million.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24942">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201408editorial-new-normal-or-it-vermonts-denial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial budget deficit Shumlin Spaulding Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:19:19 +0000 Zach Despart 24942 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-dont-just-blame-farmers-water-pollution <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&#39;s writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger</em></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.</span></p> <p> There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.</p> <p> And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24680">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201407community-forum-dont-just-blame-farmers-water-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion agriculture Conservation Law Foundation dairy Emerson Lynn farming Lake Champlain phosphorous pollution St. Albans Messenger Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:40:31 +0000 Zach Despart 24680 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Healthcare providers have reason to be anxious http://addisonindependent.com/201406guest-editorial-healthcare-providers-have-reason-be-anxious <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> The most powerful word in the English language is the word no. That is particularly true to people and organizations who consistently depend on the word yes to get things done. When they are told no, they have to change what they do, or stop doing it.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23945">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406guest-editorial-healthcare-providers-have-reason-be-anxious" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial editorial Emerson Lynn healthcare Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:07:24 +0000 Weyland Joyner 23945 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Make your bed perfectly, and don't ring that bell http://addisonindependent.com/201406guest-editorial-make-your-bed-perfectly-and-dont-ring-bell <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">You may never look at an unmade bed the same upon reading the commencement address delivered by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven to University of Texas graduates.</span></p> <p> It was part of his forced routine 36 years ago when he left college for basic SEAL training in Coronado, Calif. The beds had to be made perfectly. Every morning. The lesson being that even tough guys make their beds and that if you can&rsquo;t &ldquo;get the little things right, you will never do the big things right.&rdquo;</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23794">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406guest-editorial-make-your-bed-perfectly-and-dont-ring-bell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Commencement address Sun, 08 Jun 2014 20:48:35 +0000 Zach Despart 23794 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: $3.5 billion tidal wave of confusion coming your way http://addisonindependent.com/201404guest-editorial-35-billion-tidal-wave-confusion-coming-your-way <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">On Jan. 1, 2017, Vermonters will begin the &ldquo;transition&rdquo; away from the property tax to the income tax as a way to pay for our schools. The income sensitivity program that applies to two-thirds of Vermont households will be phased out and the revenue raised for our schools will come from a blend of property tax payments and the income tax.</span></p> <p> Shocked?</p> <p> You&rsquo;re in good company.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22960">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201404guest-editorial-35-billion-tidal-wave-confusion-coming-your-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial school taxes Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:29:00 +0000 Zach Despart 22960 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Consolidation is a first step http://addisonindependent.com/201403guest-editorial-consolidation-first-step <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.</span></p> <p> That&rsquo;s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22190">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201403guest-editorial-consolidation-first-step" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial legislature property tax Shumlin Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:54:09 +0000 Zach Despart 22190 at http://addisonindependent.com