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Editorial http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/58/all en Editorial: Shorts — a bevy of news http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-shorts-%E2%80%94-bevy-news <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp; So much happened in local news this week that we&rsquo;ll limit editorial comments to several shorts on a few of the more interesting issues:</p> <p> <strong>School Finance</strong></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29340">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-shorts-%E2%80%94-bevy-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:15:25 +0000 Zach Despart 29340 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Don't weaken laws that keep our government accountable http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-dont-weaken-laws-keep-our-government-accountable <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp;Open meeting laws are part of state statue to insure citizens are kept abreast of what government is doing. That&rsquo;s as much true in state government as it is for school boards, town selectboards, zoning and planning commissions, or numerous other committees and subcommittees formed to carry out the important work of government.</p> <p> In taking on those tasks, the inherent understanding is that the work is to be done openly and within full access of public transparency and participation.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29273">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-dont-weaken-laws-keep-our-government-accountable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:07:17 +0000 Zach Despart 29273 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Crisis in siting solar arrays could stall industry's growth http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-crisis-siting-solar-arrays-could-stall-industrys-growth <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> With Statehouse discussion dominated this session by the $112 million budget shortfall and education reform measures focused on consolidation and improving outcomes, energy-related issues have fallen out of the spotlight to the detriment of Vermonters.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29202">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-crisis-siting-solar-arrays-could-stall-industrys-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial New Haven siting solar Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:05:35 +0000 Zach Despart 29202 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Dr. Alan Ayer http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-dr-alan-ayer <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p>Few people touch the lives of families as directly as do obstetricians, and Dr. Alan Ayer literally touched the lives of thousands of families during his 36-year-career in Middlebury while delivering more than 6,000 babies. For almost all of those years, he worked with his founding partner, Dr. James &ldquo;Chip&rdquo; Malcolm, at Addison Associates in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a practice they jointly established in 1980.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29203">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-dr-alan-ayer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:02:35 +0000 Zach Despart 29203 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest Editorial: $200 million for Vt.'s health exchange? What's Plan B? http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-200-million-vts-health-exchange-whats-plan-b <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> The cost of the Vermont Health Care exchange recently took another jump. It is now expected to cost $200 million, which is the equivalent of billing every man, woman and child in Vermont $320.</p> <p> For something that has yet to work.</p> <p> Vermont&rsquo;s exchange serves roughly 30,000 people (a fraction of what was intended,) which means the per-person cost is $6,666.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29140">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-200-million-vts-health-exchange-whats-plan-b" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial health care reform Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:51:00 +0000 Zach Despart 29140 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Explaining Netanyahu's speech through the prism of one man http://addisonindependent.com/201503guest-editorial-explaining-netanyahus-speech-through-prism-one-man <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Bill Moyers and Michael Winship </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu&rsquo;s address to Congress on Tuesday, March 3, was the presence in the visitor&rsquo;s gallery of one man &ndash; Sheldon Adelson.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29087">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503guest-editorial-explaining-netanyahus-speech-through-prism-one-man" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Israel Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:13:19 +0000 Trent Campbell 29087 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Don't stop now, your community needs you http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-dont-stop-now-your-community-needs-you <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> In the wake of Town Meeting Day, residents may think their exercise in democratic responsibility has been fulfilled. Not so. On the contrary, in almost every town there are important issues that require continued public conversation and engagement.</p> <p> Certainly that&rsquo;s the case with the communities whose school budgets were defeated.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29021">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-dont-stop-now-your-community-needs-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:17:35 +0000 Zach Despart 29021 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Voters' message on school budgets — Keep moving forward http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-voters-message-school-budgets-%E2%80%94-keep-moving-forward <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> School budgets around the state, for the most part, fared better this year than last when 34 budgets were defeated in town meeting balloting. Why the difference? Largely because the average school budget increase was held to just under 3 percent, compared to much higher increases in 2014.</p> <p> But there is also the perception that the Legislature is responding to the changing landscape caused by the steep decline in the number of students in Vermont (it&rsquo;s down 21,000 in the past two decades), the low teacher-pupil ratios and the consequent high per-pupil cost.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28918">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-voters-message-school-budgets-%E2%80%94-keep-moving-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial budget consolidation education reform Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:24:51 +0000 Zach Despart 28918 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Bill promoting vaccinations deserves public support http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-bill-promoting-vaccinations-deserves-public-support <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> With several cases of measles occurring in the state last year, there is an increasing risk that continuing philosophical exemptions to vaccinations could put Vermont&rsquo;s public school children in harm&rsquo;s way. That&rsquo;s because Vermont&rsquo;s vaccination rate is coming close to 90 percent, a dangerous territory because below that rate is when contagious diseases &mdash; like measles, mumps and small pox &mdash; take hold and spread.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28851">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-bill-promoting-vaccinations-deserves-public-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Vaccines Vermont Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:57:09 +0000 Zach Despart 28851 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Awards are nice, but it's your vote that really matters http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-awards-are-nice-its-your-vote-really-matters <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28802">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-awards-are-nice-its-your-vote-really-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial awards NENPA readers Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:19:16 +0000 Zach Despart 28802 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Education bill sets the stage for Town Meeting discussion http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-education-bill-sets-stage-town-meeting-discussion <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> Consider how it might work if a legislative proposal to create a single school board per school district were approved this session. The measure, for example, would phase out the seven elementary school boards in the Addison Central Supervisory Union, the UD-3 board (representing the Middlebury Union Middle School and the Middlebury Union High School), and the supervisory union board. In their place, one district board would represent that seven-town constituency with one combined budget.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28631">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-education-bill-sets-stage-town-meeting-discussion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial education legislature Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:34:49 +0000 Zach Despart 28631 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Changes to ID-4 budget process would benefit voters http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-changes-id-4-budget-process-would-benefit-voters <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> One of the roles of any public governing body is to encourage maximum public participation in decisions crucial to the community. Public participation, after all, is the foundation of democracy.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28580">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-changes-id-4-budget-process-would-benefit-voters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Australian ballot changes ID-4 Mary Hogan petition vote Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:47:31 +0000 Zach Despart 28580 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Ding-dong, Phase II is dead. But will we pay even more? http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-ding-dong-phase-ii-dead-will-we-pay-even-more <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp; Before the whoops and hollers of relief die down in light of Vermont Gas Systems&rsquo; decision to abandon Phase II of its natural gas pipeline through Middlebury, Cornwall and Shoreham en route to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, let&rsquo;s assess the consequence of that decision, and whether the pipeline deserves the public ire heaped upon it.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28530">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-ding-dong-phase-ii-dead-will-we-pay-even-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Phase I Phase II pipeline Vermont Gas Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:25:32 +0000 Zach Despart 28530 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Legislature faces crucial decisions on current use http://addisonindependent.com/201502guest-editorial-legislature-faces-crucial-decisions-current-use <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jamey Fidel </div> </div> </div> <p> Among the many issues being debated in Montpelier that could have a lasting impact on Vermont&rsquo;s environment and economy are possible changes to the Current Use program.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28473">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502guest-editorial-legislature-faces-crucial-decisions-current-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial agriculture current use legislature taxation Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:10:53 +0000 Zach Despart 28473 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Gun control crosses current of Vermont's political tides http://addisonindependent.com/201502guest-editorial-gun-control-crosses-current-vermonts-political-tides <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> No state is more liberal than Vermont when it comes to its politics. And no state is more conservative than Vermont when it comes to its guns.</p> <p> Raise my taxes.</p> <p> Tell me where I can build my home and where I can&rsquo;t.</p> <p> Tell me which doctor I can visit.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28395">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502guest-editorial-gun-control-crosses-current-vermonts-political-tides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial gun control legislature third rail Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:01:27 +0000 Zach Despart 28395 at http://addisonindependent.com