Angelo Lynn

11/19/2020
Gov. Phil Scott’s decision this past Friday to ban inter-household gatherings, while allowing schools to remain open and limited access to restaurants and bars, prompted rare public pushback among Vermonters who have been model-citizens in obeying the dictates Vermont has successfully imposed since the pandemic’s outbreak in March. Numerous letters on this page and others in today’s paper attest to that displeasure. We agree the complete ban of inter-household gatherings is stringent and may invite disregard of the state order, rather than the compliance Vermonters have demonstrated for the...
11/19/2020
When faced with solving a problem, the first step is admitting there is one.  The Better Middlebury Partnership presented the Middlebury selectboard Tuesday night with a request to boost town funding for the organization by an overly modest $5,000 — from $25,000 to $30,000 — to help a retail community battered beyond recognition by three years of road construction, the crippling effects of the pandemic and a shift in consumer shopping habits to online retailers. The hard reality is that Middlebury’s downtown — once thriving — has more than a dozen prime storefront vacancies, eight of those on...
11/12/2020
“The war for truth is now the war to preserve our democracy,” is how New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman summed up the state of the union in the wake of Trump’s defeat and his willingness to fabricate falsehoods about fraudulent votes and rigged elections. Friedman’s fraught warning has been five years in the making, ever since Trump stepped onto the political stage with a particular aversion to truth, honesty and reality.  Here are the honest facts of this election: Biden is poised to win 306 electoral college votes leaving Trump with 232 — the same margin of victory that Trump beat...
11/05/2020
As Vermonters watched statewide and local races with relative calm and largely expected results on Tuesday evening, on Wednesday their attention — as for all Americans — remained intently focused on the presidential and U.S. Senate races, with a few battleground states still too close to call to determine the outcome. The closeness of the presidential race and a heavy Republican turnout in favor of their candidates across the country represented a repudiation of most pre-election polling over the past two months that had indicated a likely “blue wave” that would have given Democrats a...
11/05/2020
We have to confess we desperately wanted to run the headline in today’s paper that proclaimed, in large type across the front page: “America to Trump: YOUR FIRED!” And we hoped to read versions of that theme in newspapers across the country. It didn’t happen. Not because Biden may not win, but because the repudiation of Trump was not that dramatic. Rather it was close when it shouldn’t have been.  The election can be boiled down into a few words: Democrat Joe Biden will likely win the Electoral College vote and the popular vote, by the thinnest of margins, while Republicans upset Democratic...
10/29/2020
In Vermont’s gubernatorial race, expect Gov. Phil Scott’s incumbency and his steady hand through the ongoing pandemic to usher in a third term. While Democrat David Zuckerman proved to be a worthy adversary on the issues, Scott’s widely popular actions to keep the virus contained presents an overwhelming advantage. But if Scott wants to create a legacy that is more than his handling of the pandemic, he needs to be far bolder in his next two years on the state’s underlying economic issues.  Specifically, he must:  • Undo the damage he has done to the state’s solar industry in which he severely...
10/29/2020
The surprise in the presidential contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and the incumbent is not that Trump continued his litany of daily lies, insults and idiotic statements (“The pandemic has ended,” Trump said yesterday as the nation reels under the largest daily infection rate of the year), but that Mr. Biden has become a forceful candidate able to put Trump in his place while advocating a progressive agenda. Many Democrats might want Biden to be more assertive and more eloquent, but he’s proven his chops by gaining higher favorability ratings today than he had this summer, and...
10/22/2020
As Vermonters consider which candidates will move Vermont forward over the next decade, the most crucial issues revolve around the state’s demographic challenges. We need leaders to not only stem the flow of young Vermonters leaving the state, but who know how to use Vermont’s inherent assets to attract a new cohort of young entrepreneurs, families and remote worker In the race for lieutenant governor, Democrat Molly Gray has the positive energy, passion, direct answers, and the work ethic to tackle the issues head-on.  Key to retaining and attracting new residents is extending and...
10/08/2020
Gov. Phil Scott has long run on a campaign pledge to “make Vermont affordable.” Scott Milne, a Republican running for lieutenant governor, is campaigning as Gov. Scott’s sidekick to get “Vermont back to work.” But has Gov. Scott been able to keep his pledge, and is Milne’s campaign mantra anything more than a feel-good campaign slogan? Seven Day’s Paul Heintz penned a worthy story in this week’s issue (posted online Oct. 7) that looks Gov. Scott’s record on making the state more affordable, and while he doesn’t encompass the lieutenant governor’s race, many of the same issues hold true there...
10/01/2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden held his own during Tuesday night’s predictable slugfest with an unruly, disrespectful, ill-informed, fact-challenged performance by Donald Trump. The president’s incessant interruptions led to several instances in which Fox News moderator Chris Wallace had to shout over the 76-year-old’s self-absorbed bombast to get him to abide by the rules of the debate his campaign had agreed to. It was a pathetic display by a sitting president that brought a new low to our country’s stature in the world and makes a mockery of his MAGA slogan. The one bit of good news out...

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