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Guest editorial: School test scores and what we should do with them

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis of Goshen, a member of the state board of education, a former Vermont superintendent of schools and managing director of the National Education Policy Center.

A Closer Look at School Test Scores —

And What We Should be Doing About Them

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Editorial: Fixing fracking’s folly

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



The science behind the fracking of natural gas is evolving as rapidly as the process, which began in its current manifestation in the late 1990s, and clearly poses worrisome long-term issues.

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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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Editorial: Drug crisis needs game plan

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



The economics of drug use has changed dramatically in the past generation. It used to be that heroin was an expensive drug, way out of the range of high school students and casual users who had to work for a living. In the 1980s, a bag cost about $100. Today, $10 will buy you that same bag of heroin — roughly the price of a pack of smokes or a high-priced beer.

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Editorial: Speaker’s beef: Give credit for fiscally sound budget

Posted on May 23, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



Before talking about next year’s legislative priorities in a 45-minute phone conversation on Tuesday, Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith wanted to talk about a beef he had with the press coverage of the past session. Why, he wondered, did the press not give the House credit for proposing and passing a more conservative budget than what the governor proposed? Why did the House get lambasted as a hotbed of progressive legislation and liberal leanings, while the governor was seen as pro-business and moderate by comparison?

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Editorial: Gas and the public good

Posted on May 20, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



The Middlebury Select Board made as eloquent and rational an argument for supporting the Vermont Gas pipeline to Middlebury as can be made. The statement, which was published as a letter accompanying a front-page news story in last Thursday’s Addison Independent, is considerate of others’ perspectives, well-reasoned on all points, and defends what it sees as the best path at this time for the town and residents of Middlebury.

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Editorial: Bickering in the Legislature grabbed headlines, but a lot of good prevailed

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



While the legislative session was dominated by a gnashing of teeth over cuts to the $1.3 billion General Fund budget and proposed tax increases, creating a clash between the Democrat-Progressive controlled Legislature and Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin, it was also a session that produced several significant advances — including several social-cultural milestones and ended with a balanced budget without tax increases on income or sales.

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Editorial: The making of political cynics

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



The cynic among us would note that the biggest danger of the Legislature not adjourning this past weekend is how much damage it can do in two more days.

A kinder analysis would note that because many budget issues were still unresolved, and the tax bill still incomplete, any late night heroics to finish by Saturday would have also been prone to error.

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Editorial: City bonds deserve support

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



Two votes facing Vergennes residents next Tuesday — a $1.45 million bond to fund a new police station, and a $600,000 loan to replace the high school roof — deserve community support.

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