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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…

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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…

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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…

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January 4, 2018

The worst year ever

By Barrie Dunsmore

This will be my last column of 2017. Traditionally, this has been an opportunity for reflection on important events of the past year, usually with a look ahead – and if possible – a positive spin that the glass is half full…

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October 11, 2017

Now’s the time for soil testing

By Daryle Thomas

Once you know where you are, it’s easy to get to where you want to be. And that, dear reader, is why you need to test your garden soil. A bit of a leap? Not really. Garden soil is not just dirt….

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October 11, 2017

Indoor composting made easy

By Carl Diethelm, a.k.a. Compost Carl

As a tenant not owning his own home and living in town, I understand how difficult it can seem to be to compost food scraps instead of putting them in the trash. There might not be space to compost…