Opinion

Opinion
November 25, 2014

Lower costs, cover everyone, protect choice

Dear Editor,

Vermont’s not-for-profit hospitals congratulate all of the candidates who have been elected to serve our state over the next two years. Like all Vermonters, our hospitals believe in providing more affordable access to everyone, preserving quality and protecting the right patients have to…

Opinion
November 25, 2014

Option tax repeal needs more time; business community should step up

Dear Editor,

First, I would like to thank The Mountain Times for printing my concerns with regard to the repealing of the option tax. Secondly, I attended Tuesday’s select board meeting and much to my disappointment the attendance by local residents was sparse, to say the least, with…

Opinion
November 25, 2014

State about to slap a $.45 cent tax on gas? Are they nuts?

By Emerson Lynn

If several Vermont environmental groups and key policy makers have their way, the Legislature will impose a tax on gasoline and heating fuels, raising the price of a gallon of gas an estimated 45 cents. This will be Vermont’s way to help…

Opinion
November 19, 2014

A solution needs a defined problem

By Jack Hoffman

There wasn’t a lot of substance in this election season. “Where’s the beef?” isn’t a question we hear much during campaigns anymore, as Jon Margolis lamented in his column in VTDigger.org last week. But while candidates may not need to…

Opinion
November 19, 2014

Vermont wants to control Medicare

Dear Editor,

Now that the truth is out of the bag, thanks to Vermont Digger and others, it is clear that our Legislature passed Act 48 with the intent to capture and control Medicare and Medicaid payments and services. What is unclear is,…

Opinion
November 19, 2014

Representative Gallivan departs with optimism

Dear Editor,

The November elections are over, and though I was not re-elected as Representative for my district, I am feeling appreciative of my supporters and honored to have served for the last two years. I remain optimistic about our future. When we…

Opinion
November 19, 2014

Notice to Shumlin: buy our house!

Dear Editor,

We would like to deed our house to the State of Vermont. We have a nice home in a “gold town.” Our house has been listed for sale for over a year. We have lowered the price significantly and still draw…

Opinion
November 19, 2014

Legislators should support universal healthcare system

Dear Editor,

On a typical foggy morning in September I was commuting to work on my bicycle and every car was shrouded in a 50-foot cocoon of visibility. It occurred to me that what I was seeing was similar to how so many…