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Editorial: Is fear of the unkown preventing education reform?

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Among the many issues tackled this legislative session, the outcome of several education initiatives was a mixed bag. To its credit the Legislature did expand access to universal pre-kindergarten education to all three- and four-year-olds at a modest cost as 80 percent of schools already had such programs. Combined with a $37 million federal grant to support early childhood education programs, the very youngest Vermonters now have a brighter future than ever before.

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Opinion: Students deserve voice in debate

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Erik Remsen



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Local lawmakers review the 2014 session

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin this week were tying a bow on what they said was a very productive 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature, one they said has paved the way for new jobs, fewer drug addicts, a higher minimum wage and a record investment in the state’s roads, bridges and culverts.

Lawmakers wrapped up their work at the Vermont Statehouse on Saturday, May 10, capping more than four months of work on a litany of issues ranging from boilerplate municipal charter changes to a $5.5 billion state budget.

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Clippings: Not all legislative bills made news

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By John Flowers



We know about the $5.5 billion state budget, GMO labeling law, minimum wage hike and the opiate abuse legislation that the Vermont General Assembly passed during the 2014 session (see my news story on Page 1A). Those were some of the high-profile actions that made many lawmakers’ “top accomplishments” lists.

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Eric Davis: Lawmakers earn middling grades

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature ended last Saturday evening. How should the session be judged?

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Area lawmakers vote on racial profiling bill

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill mandating that all law enforcement officers collect data about the race of people they pull over. It was, in part, a political statement that they will not tolerate racial profiling by police.

After nearly two hours of impassioned debate, House lawmakers passed S.184 on a vote of 138-3. It was scheduled for a final vote Friday and then must pass the Senate.

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Opinion: Early childhood education should be state priority

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Ashley Bessette



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Editorial: Bias-free policing is a small price to pay to protect rights

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Last Thursday on the floor of the House, state representatives debated what Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, would later call “one of the most important legislative issues this year” on an issue that has not received a lot of attention: bias-free policing.

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Opinion: Increase in bottle deposit would discourage littering

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Alice C. Grau



Editor’s note: The writer sent this letter to Rep. Harvey Smith and Sen. Chris Bray.

While working to pick up the trash along the roads and in the DAR State Park near my home in Bridport this week, it occurred to me that an increase in the deposit on beverage bottles and cans would do more to take care of this problem than any public service announcement.

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Opinion: School consolidation would dimish local control

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Hannah Sessions



Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Rep. Willem Jewett and state Sens. Claire Ayer and Chris Bray.

I am writing about Bill H.883. I have been on the school board in my town for eight years and have a lot of reservations about this bill.

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