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Editorial: Progressive plan rich in rhetoric

Posted on February 18, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



Give Progressives in Montpelier an A-plus for consistency in their appeal to add more taxes on the rich, and a D- for their failure to advance budget ideas that stimulate growth and get a handle on state spending.

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Guest Editorial by Gov. Shumlin: From poverty to prosperity

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



As I travel around the state visiting with Vermonters, I am grateful for how well we are doing. Our unemployment rate is consistently among the lowest in the nation. We are coming out of the Great Recession in better condition than our neighbors.  Our revenues have rebounded by 27 percent since its depths. And we are fighting back from Tropical Storm Irene stronger than ever.

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Editorial: Break-open ticket tax a winner!

Posted on February 11, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



No one likes the tax that bites them.

So it is that when Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed in his budget address putting a 10 percent tax on break-open tickets, those few who knew what he was talking about immediately got their dander up and have been railing about it for the past two weeks.

At least now most Vermonters know what the tax would target and why — but we’re all just learning the full consequence.

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Editorial: A question to put on the radar

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



The reassessment by Vermont Gas Systems to change its proposed route through Monkton back to the Velco right-of-way instead of along public roads through a short stretch, was welcome news to many Monkton residents — though others are still peeved that the pipeline is headed through town without any apparent benefit to that community.

It’s a interesting dilemma from a public policy perspective.

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Editorial: Double whammy for Vergennes?

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vergennes residents are eyeing a double-whammy if a city bond to build a new $1.85 million police station is approved as well as two separate bonds for improvements to the Vergennes Union High School that could total $6.2 million. The school bonds will be voted on this coming Tuesday, while a vote to approve the police station bond would be held on Town Meeting Day.

That the bonds land in the taxpayers’ laps at virtually the same time is bad enough, but there are also elements to both the city’s and school’s projects that are less than critical.

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Editorial: To the far left: ‘Say it, we must’

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont Progressives and liberal Democrats should tread cautiously in their reaction to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s budget address this past Thursday lest they open a political divide between themselves and the vast majority of Vermonters. The danger is that would be perceived as too far left of the mainstream, as the Tea Party is perceived to be too far right, and their political clout compromised.

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Editorial: President hails a sea of change

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



President Obama’s inaugural speech put aside America’s highly vaunted individualism and instead appealed to the nation’s kinder and more socially conscious instincts.

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Editorial: Child care proposal gets most from limited state funding

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



One of Gov. Shumlin’s most far-reaching, and controversial, proposals in his State-of-the-State Address was suggesting the state divert $16.7 million from a tax credit for low-income Vermonters to fund a doubling of child care subsidies for low-income residents.

Critics of the proposal have fallen back on an old refrain: that it doesn’t make sense to rob Peter to pay Paul. Why reduce one subsidy that helps Vermont’s poor, and allocate those same funds into another program?

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Guest editorial: Egypt on the cusp of change

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



This week’s writer is Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief who served in eastern and western Europe, the Middle East and as chief of the counterterrorism staff. He lives in Williston.

Egypt on cusp of change

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Editorial: The mark of leadership

Posted on January 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



In his State of the State Address last Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed a provocative question: “Success in the new economy depends on an educated worforce with skills beyond high school in science, computer technology, engineering and math. I ask you: Is Vermont prepared to meet this challenge? Are we ready to harness this opportunity so critical to our future prosperity?”

“The plain truth is,” he answered, “we are not.

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