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March 12, 2019

Money alone won’t solve Vermont’s child care problem

By Rebecca Holcombe

Vermont now spends tens of millions more dollars on child care and prekindergarten markets than it did only three or four years ago. Yet, a Joint Fiscal Office study recently found Vermont now has about 1,693 fewer regulated child care…

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February 27, 2019

Bernie’s revolution: Is the magic there a second time?

By Angelo Lynn

Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his second run for president this past Tuesday with an appeal to continue the revolution he started in 2016 when he had the audacity to challenge the presumed Democratic designee Hillary Clinton. He was the rebel then, the…

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February 7, 2019

New jobs, new markets require new leadership

By Emerson Lynn

What passes for economic development in Vermont is largely ineffective and not suited for the 21st century, according to Peter Stromgren and Bill Schubart who co-wrote a recent op-ed that was widely circulated.

They are correct in the sense that what we…

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February 7, 2019

‘ A, my name is Alice ’

By Lawrence Zupan

“A, my name is Alice, and I come from Arlington, Vermont, and we sell… abortions.”

The above variation on the children’s innocent alphabetical song game might well become reality if a bill currently under consideration by the State House Human Services Committee…

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February 7, 2019

Coyote policies lead to ‘ reckless killing ’

By Vermont Humane Federation

On Christmas Day a Pittsford family dog was shot and killed by a man when he mistook the dog for a coyote. The man claims that he thought the coyote was chasing a deer. Neither party has yet to be cited…

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January 30, 2019

Understanding Trump is to know why Dems can’t cave

By Angelo Lynn

What happens when Democrats and Americans begin to confront Trump? When they call his bluff and simply say, “This will hurt you more than it will hurt us.”

Democrats were at that point with the government shutdown but they had three important…

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January 30, 2019

Electric vehicles save in the long run

By Ross Sneyd

As with most adages, there’s truth to the one we hear a lot. Vermont can be an expensive place to live. After we pay the rent or mortgage,  taxes, health care, transportation and heating, there’s often not much left over. It’s a…

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January 30, 2019

Women lose opportunity under school mergers

By Pamela Frasher

As a record number of female members of Congress are sworn in this month in Washington, D.C., things are different in Vermont. Here, top state officials are removing elected officials from local office, and the removals disproportionately affect women.

In interpreting Act…

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January 23, 2019

Grateful for state’s politics?

By Angelo Lynn

As political partisanship reaches an all-time high in the country (recent studies show the nation’s two major political parties have never been further apart in terms of their priorities and ideology), Vermont’s political leaders offered a different scenario on the…

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January 23, 2019

State farmers need to look at new approaches

By Anson Tebbetts

As we enter a new year, many Vermont dairy farmers, as well as farmers nationwide, continue fighting through their economic fog. Trapped in an antiquated federal dairy pricing system, Vermont’s hard-working stewards of the land are at the whim of a highly…