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Guest editorial: Tobacco funds misused; Vt. missed an opportunity

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



For a quarter century, beginning in 1998, Vermont has been the recipient of a $962 million “gift” it had no reason to expect. It was a gift that had the potential to change the health care culture of Vermont, to perhaps orient it more toward a culture of health, not sickness.

But it has not been properly used, and its misuse continues.

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Guest editorial: Questions on single-payer

Posted on January 13, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin recently took the unusual step of addressing both the Senate and house health care committees to talk about Vermont Health Connect and how the state needs to prepare itself for Green Mountain Care, the state’s single-payer health care plan.

He made the trip because the issue dominates all others. How it is managed will affect the careers of many of those who spend their time under the dome in Montpelier.

It’s time to pay attention.

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Guest editorial: Let Putin share the burden

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



Egos are wonderful things in presidential beings. And the bigger they are, the more important it is that they continue to expand and that everyone knows from whence their divine gift flows. That, in part, is the personal ballast behind Russian President Vladimir Putin’s letter to the American people published in Thursday’s New York Times.

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Guest Editorial: UVM’s good idea is only as good as its branding

Posted on August 26, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



The University of Vermont’s business school has decided to be a little more like the state it represents, which means transforming its Master’s of Business Administration to an MBA in Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

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Guest editorial: Vermont must rally in war against heroin

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



It’s no secret St. Albans has a drug problem. But the problem can’t be localized. It’s not a St. Albans problem. It’s a Vermont problem, and its tentacles reach into every alley corner, every hamlet, every city in the state. For verification, all one has to do is to read the court report, talk to any of the folks involved in law enforcement, or, saddest of all, talk to those within the medical community. It’s pandemic.

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Guest editorial: Question our value system

Posted on August 5, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



Cocktail hour among the chattering class is particularly entertaining this summer as they parse the lives of disgraced politicians seeking to be reborn. Of particular note is former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is seeking to replace outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer who, at the last moment, decided to cast his hat into the ring for city controller.

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Guest editorial: Immigration bill could be hallmark of Leahy's career

Posted on August 1, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



The Senate recently passed the most comprehensive reform of the nation’s immigration system in a generation, and much of the credit is being bestowed on Vermont’s Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate’s longest-serving member.

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Guest editorial: Tobacco Fund is a promise broken

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



In 1998, the tobacco industry settled its Medicaid lawsuit with 46 states by, among other things, agreeing to pay the states a minimum of $206 billion over the first 25 years of the agreement. In Vermont, our share was estimated to total $962 million.

In a sense, that was free money. We had no right to expect it. True, the tobacco companies were responsible for creating the problem in the first place, but sugar also has an impact on public health, and the sugar industry isn’t sending us million dollar checks.

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Guest editorial: Guest editorial got Shumlin into a mess

Posted on June 3, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



What do you get when you cast a governor trying to make a personal land deal with a neighbor who is a convicted felon, neck deep in debt and mentally challenged?

A no-win public relations nightmare.

And that’s what Gov. Peter Shumlin has on his hands. Part of it is of his own making, part of it isn’t.

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Guest editorial: Granting farm workers driver's license is the right thing to do, good for farms

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



The reason Vermont’s dairy industry can get its product to market depends, in no small part, on the labor of an estimated 1,500 undocumented workers. The majority come from the southern region of Mexico, some come from Guatemala and other areas. Together they are a vital part of what makes a difficult life on the farm bearable.

They are also a big part of the reason Ben & Jerry’s can make its ice cream, or our cheese-makers their cheese, or our milk producers the milk that fills our cereal bowls.

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