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February 1, 2017

Gov. Scott’s budget has bold ideas, but also reckless ones

By Angelo S. Lynn

Give Gov. Phil Scott credit for utilizing the element of surprise. In his budget address this past Tuesday, Jan. 24, he rocked Montpelier’s world by suggesting that public schools, K-12, freeze their budgets at current spending levels, force teachers to pay…

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January 25, 2017

A sea of pink

By Polly Mikula

“Tell me what democracy looks like?” chanted protesters at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. “This is what democracy looks like!” the crowd yelled back.

It was one of many chants repeated Saturday, Jan. 21, as over 500,000 people descended on the…

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January 25, 2017

Will facts be irrelevant?

By Angelo S. Lynn

Under Donald Trump’s presidency, American voters will face a stark choice: They’ll have to decide if facts matter more than Trump’s lies mixed with his deliberate distortions.

What we know is that Trump will attempt to recast the news to fit…

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January 19, 2017

Building a strong health care system for all Vermonters

By Jeff Tieman

Having arrived last August as the new president and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, I am still fairly new to Vermont. A few observations so far: 1) this is a wonderful place full of energy and life,…

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January 11, 2017

Can Rutland have it all?

By Gail Johnson

The question “Can Rutland have it all?”—an expanding commerce base, increased employment, new residents—isn’t rhetorical any more. The three issues are easily combined in conversations, editorials, and now in a story that made front page of The New York Times on Jan….

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January 4, 2017

The mountain vs. the seniors

Dear Editor,

Up until a few years ago, ski passes for seniors were given at age 65 and at age 72 you were considered a “super senior.” That super senior season pass was $549. So, why did the mountain raise the age of the super senior…

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January 4, 2017

Fake news, is it for real?

By Jon Morgolis, VTDigger

Fake news has not come to Vermont. Not that some Vermonters don’t consider a report in the newspaper or on TV here and there to have been inaccurate or biased. But that’s not what fake news is. Fake news is a…

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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…