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Editorial: CEDS — A strategy to build good jobs, livable wages

Posted on October 28, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



This past Wednesday two consultants working with the Vermont Department of Economic Development and the state commissioner were in Middlebury promoting economic development. A good crowd turned out, an energetic and informative three-hour workshop ensued, and the group was invited to join a follow-up session to help fine-tune a statewide comprehensive economic development plan.

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Editorial: Middlebury's Tea Party? Rarely has this town see an issue hijacked by a small minority

Posted on October 24, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In what is clearly an end-around tactic to derail the proposed town office project in Middlebury, a handful of town residents forced a vote on Tuesday that nullified a previous 5-1 decision supporting the measure — an action that may prevent the measure from coming to a public vote, all because of a dubious conflict-of-interest complaint. 

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Despite the noise, government has a role

Posted on October 23, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It was back in 1981 when the modern right-wing assault on the role of government in our society began. Then, newly elected President Ronald Reagan said this during his inaugural speech:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

The attack continued through the Clinton years with a congressionally inspired government shutdown.

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Community forum: The making of a fiscal shipwreck in Vermont

Posted on October 23, 2013 |
By Tom Pelham



This week’s writer is Tom Pelham, who was finance commissioner for Gov. Howard Dean, tax commissioner for Gov. Jim Douglas and elected to the Vermont House as an Independent, serving on the House Appropriations Committee. He is also a co-founder of Campaign for Vermont .

By Tom Pelham

INTRODUCTION

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Opinion: Town should adhere to conflict of interest policy

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Barbara Shapiro



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Opinion: Bullying should be taken seriously

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Kenneth Levine



In response to the tragic death of Ms. Scott, Mr. Lynn may recall writing an editorial regarding my walk from Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon to Montpelier some 16 years ago, seeking support against bullying in that school. My son was tormented, threatened, terrorized and afraid for his life. He, too, sought help from teachers and other school authorities.

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Editorial: The harm caused by excess

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



News last week that the Vermont Department of Health Care Access (DVHA) has incurred excesses in its $2.8 million media campaign promoting Vermont Health Care Connect should prompt the Shumlin administration to scrutinize the media firm’s accounting and make appropriate adjustments.

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Gregory Dennis: Wandering in the woods west of New England

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



When you spend most of your time in Vermont, it’s easy to forget that we live on the west coast of New England. And that to the west, there is a wild kingdom with few equals on this or any other continent.

The Adirondack Park, one of America’s largest wilderness areas, was the playground of my youth — a place to hike from lake to lake, to ascend many of the traditional 46 peaks above 4,000 feet, and to ski trails to the point of getting lost and having to bivouac in subzero temperatures overnight.

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Eric Davis: Vermont Health Connect website is in very poor health

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Health exchange website holds back reforms

Last Sunday, in order to learn more about Vermont Health Connect, I explored the VHC website to get information on insurance options for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children with Vermont’s median household income of $53,000.

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Guest Editorial: It's not Washington, D.C., that's crazy; we elect them

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Petula Dvorak



America really loathes Washington right now, and that’s preposterous: Our Town has done nothing wrong.

Washington is a place where hundreds of children couldn’t play soccer this past weekend; where cafeteria workers, janitors and secretaries aren’t getting paid for who knows how long; where buses and subway trains run empty; where shoeshine guys sit idle; and where Girl Scout troops had to cancel annual camping trips.

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