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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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Editorial: Legislature shouldn't let groundwork lay fallow

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



Despite a legislative session that seemed geared to raise several broad-based taxes, news this week suggests that Gov. Peter Shumlin will get what he wanted: the appearance of holding the line on taxes in the face of a lot of red-ink at the start of the session. The somewhat unexpected turnaround this week was helped by better than expected tax receipts for the month of April (and a rosier than expected forecast for the rest of the year), and a proposed federal tax on internet sales that, if passed, could yield $15 million to $20 million for the state annually.

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Editorial: The preferred route for the VGS pipeline

Posted on April 29, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



If Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) wants to built a pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., it must concede two points: 1) the public good of such a route is not a slam dunk and, if push comes to shove, VGS will likely face a legal challenge; 2) the economic benefits of partnering with the towns they want to go through will almost certainly outweigh the negative consequences of waging battle against them.

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Editorial: 'It's good to respect the land'

Posted on April 29, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



Marci Hayes couldn’t have summed up the meaning of Green Up Day better: “I’m motivated by the idea of taking care of the environment where you live. It’s good practice to respect the land. And it looks better after.”

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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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Editorial: Embracing the big idea in education

Posted on April 22, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



News that area middle schools and high schools are facing a student decline of 9-26 percent over the next five years is shocking, but it is not new. Most schools throughout Addison County saw the reduction in their elementary schools many years ago and the changing demographics are just working their way through the educational system.

Two questions rise to the fore: 1) what can be done to reverse declining student populations, and 2) how can our schools adapt to fewer students and still maintain a diverse curriculum that pushes students to excel?

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Editorial: A goal for shorelands bill: Do no harm

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



If the Senate, as expected, tables further discussion on H.526, a bill written to protect the state’s shorelands and help improve the clarity of lake water, two outcomes are certain: 1) better explanation of the legislation will temper the animosity that has riled so many lakeshore property owners, and 2) the legislation will undoubtedly undergo further modifications to prevent overkill and to hone in on what it hopes to accomplish.

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