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Politically Thinking: Vermont showcases its liberal colors

Posted on November 11, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



As they left the polls last Tuesday, 869 Vermont voters completed an exit poll conducted by a consortium of national news organizations. This poll shows some of the ways in which Vermont differs from most of the nation, and provides some of the reasons why Peter Shumlin was elected governor.

Nationally, President Obama’s approval rating is 45 percent. In Vermont, his approval rating is 60 percent. Only in Obama’s native state of Hawaii — where he has 66 percent support — is the president’s approval higher than in Vermont.

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Between the Lines: Listenin' to the (Tom) Rush of time

Posted on November 11, 2010 |
By Gregory Dennis



To hear what it was like to play professional football in the early days of the NFL, you’d want to talk to a guy like Y.A. Tittle. Interested in the history of the feminist movement? Go hear a Gloria Steinem talk. George McGovern could tell you all you needed to know about trying to change a political party.

And if you wanted to learn about folk music — which reaches back several centuries yet still shapes the music we hear today — you couldn’t do much better than going to a Tom Rush concert.

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Editorial: Message clear, direction isn't

Posted on November 8, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks penned an essay last Friday, titled ‘Midwest at Dusk, in which he tries to equate the shellacking Democrats took in this region to Obama’s failed policies. Brooks says the overwhelming message was that there was too much government intervention, too much big spending resulting in deficits that are too high.

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Editorial: Misreading the tea leaves?

Posted on November 8, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On the national scene, the size of the Republican sweep is historic. It’s a signal that much of America thinks the course President Obama is pursuing is moving the nation in the wrong direction. That message was clear. What’s not clear is which direction they — the voters seeking change — want the nation to move.

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Editorial: A bridge to optimism

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



By any measure imaginable, the celebration of the Cross Street Bridge opening this past Saturday was phenomenal. The procession of events was flawless and packed with energy; the coordination with the ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween events perfect; the food vendors’ tent was welcomed by all for nourishment and warmth; the speeches were short; the procession of honors well deserved; the music was entertaining and the ending fireworks, absolutely spectacular.

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Clippings: New bridge not as great as grandpa

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



This past Saturday marked my grandpa’s 80th birthday. Born just shy of Halloween, my grandpa, James Hilmes — or Jim, before I knew him — celebrated his big day in Hays, Kan., surrounded by my extended family.

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Editorial: Shumlin Milestone

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For Governor-elect Peter Shumlin on this post election Wednesday in Vermont, the sun is shining and the mood is upbeat. The Democrat won a narrow race for the state’s top spot and he will be greeted by a Legislature firmly in the control of his party on a scale Vermont has not seen since the domineering days of the Republican Party several decades ago.

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Around the bend: The squeaky wheel gets the BaNilla

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



The woman standing next to me in the dairy aisle didn’t share my enthusiasm.

She seemed not to understand she was witnessing one of my greatest personal triumphs.
She did not congratulate me; in fact, she told me not to hug her ever again.

She didn’t care that there, on the bottom shelf next to the butter, lay proof that my voice had been heard.

Stonyfield had listened to me.

Yes, this is a tale of yogurt and the power of free speech, two things I’m in favor of but rarely think about simultaneously. Through my input, I effected meaningful change in the yogurt industry.

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Editorial: Leahy, Welch deserve re-election

Posted on October 29, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Americans head to the polls angry at Washington politics and upset by high unemployment, home foreclosures, bank and auto industry bailouts, a rising deficit and a loss of global competitiveness, Vermonters have good reason to re-elect Sen. Patrick Leahy, D, for another six-year term, and Rep. Peter Welch, D, to his third two-year term. That reason? Both have served the state well with honesty, openness, hard work that has paid off, and political positions that put the common good ahead of special interests.

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Editorial: Voting 'yes' on the amendment

Posted on October 29, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On the question of whether to support an amendment to the state constitution to allow some 17-year-old residents to vote in state primaries, the critical question is this: Will it encourage more young Vermonters to vote or not?

The intent of the amendment is to get Vermont’s youth more involved in voting at a slightly earlier age — perhaps when some are in their senior year in high school. The amendment specifically allows for 17-year-old Vermont residents, who will turn 18 before the general election, to vote in the primary.

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