Op – Ed

Op - Ed
June 2, 2018

Vetoing the $15 minimum wage was a good thing 

By Rob Roper

After watching the debate in the State House over the $15 minimum wage it is hard to see how any rational or compassionate person could have, at the end of the day, supported the policy. The potential good that it may have…

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May 23, 2018

Rep.Welch slams farm bill

By Angelo Lynn

Republicans in Congress said the tax cuts passed earlier this year would do great things for the economy and help individual Americans.

While most Americans were opposed to it, Republicans nonetheless claimed it to be a huge accomplishment, and told us just…

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May 16, 2018

Gov. Scott’s line in the sand

By Angelo Lynn

Gov. Phil Scott’s line-in-the-sand mantra not to raise a single tax or a single fee has made politics in Vermont’s capital more strident, divisive and unruly. The irony is that the governor himself is mild-mannered, affable, pragmatic and someone who seems to get…

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May 10, 2018

Vermont climate economy: The moment is now

By Harrison Bushnell

My first food was a testament to Vermont’s economy. As a baby, the story goes, my parents held me as we admired the steaming arch at our neighbors’ house. They took a small spoon and let me taste my first few drops…

Op - Ed
May 9, 2018

“Proficiency-based Learning” reform lacks in proficiency

By Rob Roper

Vermont’s student test scores are falling. It’s no longer a blip, but a trend. As State Board of Education member Bill Mathis said, “When you have two different tests showing much the same thing, you have to pay attention to them.” Those…

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April 18, 2018

Guns, commonsense, and Vermont’s example

By Senator Patrick Leahy

Editor’s note: This is a transcription of Leahy’s address on the floor of the Senate, April 12, 2018.

Yesterday, Vermont set an example for the Congress. A Democratically controlled Legislature and a Republican Governor, in a rural state with a strong gun…

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April 12, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency issues Vermont report card

By Anson Tebbetts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Boston regional office announced that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture has made significant progress toward meeting the state’s water quality goals.

In a letter to the agency dated April 2, EPA regional administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn noted, “Your…

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April 12, 2018

Margolis: Scott likely to win big in November

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

OK, enough for a while of all this chit-chat over minimum wages, family leave, getting the goop out of the lake, and guns (especially, mercifully, guns). Let’s turn to one of the eternal verities: politics.

Not that they aren’t all connected. The…

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February 12, 2018

Timing could not be worse for education funding bill

By Emerson Lynn

The House Ways and Means Committee is pushing legislation that would change the way Vermont finances education. The impetus is political. Property taxes are high, and rising. Legislators want to rush in to ease the pain.

The timing could not be worse.

What…

Op - Ed
February 1, 2018

Higher education is a necessity, not a privilege

By Joyce Judy

In this time of heightened dialogue around the future of higher education in Vermont, I am compelled to reflect on the narratives that inform and affect our students and their families. I am reminded that our responsibility to Vermont’s students is a…