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Op - Ed
January 23, 2019

Paid family leave would add to state un-affordability

By Rob Roper

As a result of the November 2018 elections, Vermont Democrats and Progressives achieved veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Their first priority flexing this new muscle is to pass a mandatory, government-run, paid family leave program that will require a…

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January 16, 2019

Trump’s troubles over wall a harbinger of politics in 2019

By Angelo Lynn

Just 16 hours after Trump’s prime-time speech from the Oval Office urging support for his border wall fell flat Tuesday night, news organizations reported he slammed his hand down on the table and walked out of a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Democratic…

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January 16, 2019

The carbon tax – a wolf in green clothing

By Lawrence Zupan

“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet…  TAXMAN!”

Though that’s from a 1966…

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January 16, 2019

Regulating cannabis the Vermont way

By Josh Decatur

On July 1, 2018 Vermont became the ninth state to allow the legal possession and consumption of cannabis for adult use. In other words, cannabis is now legal in Vermont. Under current law, any Vermonter 21 years of age or older can…

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January 16, 2019

VSAC study of college completion identifies urgent needs

By Scott Giles

Nearly every conversation about the economic future of our state begins and ends with the need for greater workforce development and for Vermonters to get the education and training required for the available jobs today and the ones coming down the line….

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January 9, 2019

Ehlers pitches amendment to Vermont Constitution

By James Ehlers

As you know, 2019 is a constitutional amendment year, with the next one not coming until 2023. For this reason, I ask, on behalf of a broad constituency of Vermonters, for your consideration of and assistance in amending our Vermont Constitution beginning…

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January 9, 2019

Creation, innovation may help Vermont dairy farmers

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…

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January 1, 2019

Celebrating who we are and what we love in 2019

By Laura Wilkinson

The light is slowly returning and the final days of 2018 are upon us. The festivities of December will be replaced by the quiet starkness of January. As much as I enjoy the rituals of the season, I…

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January 1, 2019

As rural economies go in the nation, so goes Vermont

By David Moats

Economic stagnation in Vermont is not new. For decades, it has defied the efforts of political leaders, Republican and Democrat, to solve it.

What’s new is a growing…

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December 26, 2018

Just over the edge to receive financial help

By Jan Demers

What happens when you are 1 percent over the eligibility limit? You need help and help is so close but the edge of the cliff is crumbling underneath you.

She had come to our office 10 years ago and needed help paying…