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Legislative Report by Rep. Fred Baser: Paying for health care in Vermont

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



In December of 2014 Gov. Shumlin halted his single-payer health insurance effort. Since then, health care and its funding have left prime time. Yet, behind the scenes, much is still going on. There are two stories that deserve attention. The first is the state’s effort to move to an all-payer model, which would set up a health services payment system that would replace the current fee-for-service system. The second concerns our Medicaid guidelines and their impact on providers and the state’s finances.

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Opinion: James' ancestor felt differently

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Bob Buckeye



The first Edwin James, of Weybridge, Middlebury College class of 1816, would support Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, as his descendent, Edwin James of Shoreham, does not.

The first James condemned the capitalist greed of whites in their dispossession of Native Americans and became a lifelong defendant of the right of Native Americans to live their lives.

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Opinion: Tips hit skids for ski area workers

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



Growing up in Burlington, I can remember the Salvation Army bell being rung on Church Street during the Christmas shopping season. The bell ringer stood next to a red kettle hanging from a tripod. Early in the shopping season you could hear the clang of coins as they fell into the nearly empty bucket.

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Opinion: Middlebury rail bridges project progressing

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Jim Gish



I was hired two months ago as Middlebury’s Community Liaison for our downtown bridges project, which will get under way this fall. This position is funded by VTrans, and it has three goals: 1) to provide accurate and timely information on the project to the community, 2) to provide community feedback to VTrans, and 3) to help promote the vitality of Middlebury’s downtown during the project.

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Editorial: Rapid-fire changes at Porter done; let the healing begin

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a rare move at Porter Medical Center, the medical staff last Tuesday cast a vote of no-confidence in Porter’s CEO, Lynn Boggs, and delivered that decision on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, Boggs had graciously submitted her resignation and the board promptly named Fred Kniffin, MD, to step in as interim CEO.

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Opinion: Sanders shines light on economic inequality issues

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Randy Kritkausky



Vermont’s Independent senator and presidential primary candidate has succeeded in getting mainstream print media to change its economic reporting. While once dismissing his candidacy as quixotic, and his ideas as radical and fringe, they are now responding to public opinion and carrying articles about the core issues our favorite son has pushed to the forefront. It is shameful that this reporting did not occur sooner. But better late than never, and the shift in reporting may contribute to a shift in policy making. We can hope.

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Community Forum: Orchard adds sunlight to its harvest portfolio

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Bill Suhr



This week’s writer is Bill Suhr, Champlain Orchards owner and head orchardist.

Eighteen years ago, I bought an apple orchard in Shoreham with the idea that we could grow food with a conscience. Today, Champlain Orchards does just that with our locally grown, ecologically managed apples and other tree fruits. We are committed to selling at least 90 percent of our products in Vermont or within 30 miles of our border, and the local purchase of food is the foundation of our business and a contributor to our success.

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Community Forum: Dentists hamstrung by Medicaid

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Jim Cossaart



This week’s writer is Dr. Jim Cossaart, DDS, of Bristol Park Dental.

If you have Vermont Medicaid insurance for your dental needs, you have a poor policy, and you will likely get results of the same. Many more Vermonters have joined the ranks of those eligible for Medicaid — but the state has not funded the program adequately. Many Vermont adults have discovered that most dentists will not accept Medicaid as payment.

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Editorial: Ain't no denying climate change around here

Posted on March 20, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



While some conservatives continue to deny climate change, most Vermonters believe in what they see, and know that it’s getting warmer out there.

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Community Forum: Senate works on new energy bill

Posted on March 16, 2016 |
By Sen. Christopher Bray



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Vermonters want a greater voice in solving this century’s greatest challenge — how to change our economy from one powered by burning fossil fuels to one powered by clean, renewable energy.

Over the past several years, the Legislature has struggled to find the right way to promote this energy transformation while also empowering Vermonters to help determine how we make the transition. We have brought our hearts and mind to this work, and now we’re offering an answer.

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