Angelo Lynn

06/25/2020
In principle, we’re in favor of the protests around the country calling to review and restrain police budgets that have been ramped up over the past decade or more as the nation has seemingly adopted a more militaristic approach to police work. The initiative, however, has taken on the unfortunate moniker of “defunding the police,” nor are all police departments equally at fault. Differences must be debated and understood. To be generous, if the effort were to simply review unreasonable budget increases over the past 20 years — to be sure personnel haven’t increased beyond normal standards of...
06/18/2020
When candidate Donald Trump promised Americans that if he were elected they would be “so tired of winning” that they’d need a break, that America would be tops in the world in all ways, we’re certain he didn’t mean in the ways America is now leading the world.  Let’s count a few of the ways, starting with the novel coronavirus: • Yep, America is top in the world. Not only do we lead the world in number of deaths from the virus (117,858 as of June 15 and 119,132 the next day), but we have more than a quarter of the world’s total deaths. We’re not only “winning” that dubious category, we’re...
06/11/2020
In this unique moment in the national debate over racial justice, particularly as it is being portrayed through acts of police brutality, we are all asked to do the hard work of looking within, to examine our own wells of systemic racism and flush them out. It’s a tall task and not easily confronted in Vermont—a state and landscape that is predominantly white. According to the most recent Census, Vermont’s population on July 1, 2019, was 623,989. Of that, Vermonters were 94.2% white; 1.4% African American; 2% Asian; 0.4 American Indian; 2% Hispanic or Latino; and 2% of two or more races. We...
06/04/2020
Donald Trump is a failed president. Americans are facing the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918, and the worst civil unrest and protests since the riots of the late 1960s. It is no coincidence that these three calamities have occurred under Trump’s caustic leadership, abysmal ignorance and deeply flawed character.  And rather than even try to unite the nation, Trump’s reaction is to lead Americans in a war against each other. The question of the day is whether Republicans would follow Trump if he called out the troops against...
05/28/2020
So much of the essence of Trump’s three years in office can be summed up with his recent politicization of wearing a mask during this Covid-19 pandemic.  He started down this rabbit hole by initially refusing to wear a mask because, as he said to folks close to him, it made him look weak and it reinforced the extent and severity of the pandemic. Trump, of course, had initially denied the pandemic would be a threat to this country and delayed taking action for eight critical weeks. Squandering those critical weeks and failing to adequately stockpile needed medical supplies have condemned the...
05/28/2020
With this Wednesday’s news that Gov. Scott is looking to soon open indoor seating for restaurants, fitness centers and other moves that signal a further opening of the state’s economy, the caveat all Vermonters should embrace is that such openings must be greeted with heightened awareness of how to keep each other safe in this still precarious environment. The environment remains precarious not because of the current rate of Covid-19 incidence in Vermont, but because of its continued spread in states around us, and the fact that Vermont’s summer tourism attracts people from across the nation...
05/21/2020
In light of COVID-19, social distancing and the upcoming primaries in August, and the General Election in November, Vermont’s Sec. of State James Condos has been mulling the possibility of expanding voting by mail for the past several weeks. To that end, the Legislature gave Sec. Condos the power to craft changes in election law to allow more voting by mail with the stipulation that any plan be approved by the governor. The Legislature most likely thought that was the simplest way to implement the changes. But in an unusual turn of events, Condos has run into bewildering opposition by Gov....

SOURCES: DEPARTMENT OF Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Johns Hopkins University
05/21/2020
It’s a tragedy that on Memorial Day, the nation will likely hit or have surpassed 100,000 official deaths due to Covid-19. As of Wednesday, May 20, 93,537 Americans have died of the virus; that’s 1,552 more than Tuesday’s toll — and America has been averaging about 1,300 deaths per day to the virus for the past week. While that trend is steadily declining from its high of more than 2,000 deaths per day, it’s a stark toll and ranks as one of the deadliest events in America’s history. As a comparison, and since Trump likes to think of himself as a wartime commander battling this virus, the...
05/14/2020
It’s time Vermont’s Democrats urge Gov. Phil Scott to open Vermont’s economic spigot a bit faster, even significantly faster. The onus falls on the Democratic leadership because Scott appears afraid of the political risks if he makes the call on his own.  Here’s the political calculus: If Scott were to lead the state into an aggressive re-opening of the business community and the state experienced any level of virus resurgence (which is bound to happen to some degree), he would be skewered by any Democratic opponent for committing such a travesty. If he plays it too safe (as he is now), he...
05/07/2020
Among the long list of congressional fixes in the wake of the Trump presidency, rewriting the rules for inspector generals must be at the top of the list once Trump and his legions are defrocked.  The role of inspector generals (IGs) is to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. They do that by conducting audits and investigations in more than 70 federal agencies. The Inspector General Act of 1978 and its amendments of 1988 established the IGs as permanent, nonpartisan and independent offices serving to assist Congress in overseeing executive branch — and a few legislative...

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