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January 4, 2017

First steps toward 700,000 Vermonters

By Rob Roper

During the gubernatorial campaign Phil Scott set a goal to expand Vermont’s population from 625,000 to 700,000 over the next 10 years or so. This is a pretty tall order (maybe unattainable), but the governor-elect’s call does raise an important issue. Our…

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December 28, 2016

Want to govern effectively, Mr. Trump?

By Lee H. Hamilton

As Mario Cuomo said, politicians campaign in poetry but have to govern in prose. Now we have a president-elect who campaigned in tweets…but still will have to govern in prose. So, like a few thousand other Americans, I’d like to give…

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December 28, 2016

Trump’s fact-free assertions create gulf in civic debate

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

Vermont, they say, is a well-educated state. Whatever that means. The criteria for what qualifies a person as “educated” are debatable and subjective, so let’s stick to objective, empirically verifiable information: Vermont has one of the highest college graduation rates in…

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December 21, 2016

New state board of ed rule threatens private schools

Dear Editor,

I am a proud product of Vermont public schools. I was raised in North Pomfret, Vt., and attended a series of one-room schoolhouses, serving students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Most of our schools (there were four) had fewer than 14 students per…

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December 21, 2016

What Dems fear most: a successful Trump presidency

By Emerson Lynn

Monday, Dec. 19, Vermont’s electors met in Montpelier to do what is expected of them, which is to commit themselves to the losing candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Of all states, Vermont gave her the highest percentage support, which means, obviously, that we…

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December 14, 2016

Why fake news is dangerous

By Lee H. Hamilton

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he known about fake internet…

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December 14, 2016

Trump’s mixed messages are all about showmanship

By Angelo S. Lynn

What does it say when President-elect Donald Trump invites Al Gore for a visit to talk about climate change on Monday, then on Wednesday nominates Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency? What does it say when he calls the…

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December 7, 2016

Since Election Day, future of Vt. wind power less certain

By Guy Page

Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016, was bleak for the future of ridgeline wind power in Vermont. The outcome of local, state and national voting signaled a vote of no confidence in the growth of utility-scale wind power in the Green Mountain State….

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December 7, 2016

Something to write home about

By Sen. Dick McCormick Deer season is wrapping up and Thanksgiving with family is a fond memory. The campaign seems like a distant memory, but the election was a mere three weeks ago. On this lazy post-Thanksgiving weekend, I am taking time to reflect. I’m…

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December 7, 2016

Phil Scott’s challenge

By Rob Roper What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Vermonters will find out in January when the new Republican governor officially takes office along with a Legislature that has, if anything, moved a little to the left. During the campaign, governor-elect…