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Editorial: Of hospitals, taxes and the holy grail

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Porter Hospital officials posed a legitimate beef with Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed provider tax on hospitals in a front page story in today’s Addison Independent: “These reductions will clearly impair our ability to be an effective partner in the way reform is occurring in this state, in the way that Gov. Shumlin and Gov.

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Guest editorial: Stumbling in the ruins

Posted on February 14, 2011 |
By Haviland Smith



In his 1993 article in Foreign Policy titled “The Clash of Civilizations?” Samuel Huntington posits that “in the future ... countries with large numbers of people of different civilizations ... are candidates for dismemberment.” In this context, “civilizations” are defined by language, history, religion, customs and institutions.

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Editorial: 'Early ed' bill goes astray

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It’s that time of the legislative session in which a slew of bills are introduced with well-meaning intentions, but proceed with undue momentum and not enough skeptical scrutiny. H.97 is one of those bills. Advertised as a way to strengthen the state’s early education day-care facilities, the bill already has the preliminary endorsement of Gov. Peter Shumlin, 53 representatives and 11 senators, and the support of former Gov. Howard Dean — and yet it may do more harm than good in its current version and is irresponsible for its lack of fiscal prudence.

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Editorial: Tackling the health care crisis

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Before critics pick apart the Shumlin administration’s health care proposal, Vermonters must step back a few paces and view the issue from afar.

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Clippings: You are what you TiVo; press 'play'

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Trent Campbell



They say we only use 10 percent of our brain, but if you are like me you only use 10 percent of your TiVo. You know TiVo. It’s the digital video recorder that allows you to pause and rewind shows you are watching on your television and, more importantly, record shows that you are unable to watch at the time of broadcast because you are too busy actually living a productive life. Or you are too busy watching another television show. Or you are asleep.

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Around the bend: Texting pushes my buttons; just call

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



I hate to sound like an old square, but I have to say it: I just don’t get this whole texting thing. What’s wrong with a phone call?

I admit a text message is more appropriate than a phone call in certain situations, like when it’s too loud to talk, or when you’re being held hostage by crazed gunmen and need to keep it down. But most of the time, I just don’t see the point.

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Clippings: Discipline all about earning potential

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



It’s become an almost daily occurrence.

My wife, Dottie, and I will be watching the news or a major sporting event on television and a commentator will reveal a major transgression by a politician or athlete who somehow survives the scandal to legislate or play another day.

Dottie’s response: “It’s all about the money.”

I used to scoff at that saying, but a couple of recent cases are proving Dottie 100-percent correct.

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Politically Thinking: Salmon facing tough 2012 decision

Sen. Bernie Sanders has already started organizing and raising money for his re-election campaign in 2012. Meanwhile, State Auditor Tom Salmon has told reporters and Republican activists that he is likely to announce in early March that he will be a candidate for the U.S. Senate next year. Sanders will file petitions to appear on the ballot as an independent, but he could also win the Democratic primary on write-in votes.

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Between the Lines: Finding a balance with youth sports

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



On most mornings this time of year, she gets out of bed at 5 a.m. so she can be at the rink at 6.

Some days she has company from other skaters, whom she joins in rehearsals for synchronized numbers they’ll perform as a group in the Winter Carnival ice show.

Other mornings, though, she’s alone. The ice is fresh from the previous night’s Zamboni sweep and the only sound is the scrape of her skates. She practices her solo routine or works on “moves in the field” so she can pass the next test of skating proficiency.

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Clippings: Self-Googling yields privacy concerns

Posted on January 27, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



I’m going to come right out and admit it: I Google myself fairly often.

Actually, I’m lazier than that: I have a news alert set for my name. Every time my name is mentioned in the cyber world, I see it in the “Me” folder of Google Reader. I don’t even need to go to the trouble of typing my name into a search engine.

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