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August 2, 2017

​Witnessing Vermont’s changing landscape and economy

By Nick Richardson

The economy and our landscape in Vermont are intertwined. Recreation, tourism, agriculture, and forestry, all key economic drivers, depend on the natural resources from our landscape. Indeed, the Vermont brand itself is inseparable from our land ethic- a thoughtful way of living,…

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August 2, 2017

A state of satisfaction, with one big exception

By Jon Margolis

Editor’s note: Jon Margolis is a political columnist for VTDigger.

You know who really likes Vermont?

Vermonters.

According to a Gallup Poll, 61 percent of the people who live in Vermont say it’s “the best or one of the best possible states to…

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July 26, 2017

When our president disregards what it means to serve the public

By Angelo Lynn

There he goes again

President Ronald Reagan coined the refrain, “There you go again,” to disarm President Jimmy Carter’s repeated attacks during the 1980 presidential campaign. The refrain has made a comeback, in a completely different context, with Donald Trump’s numerous outrages since…

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July 26, 2017

A carbon pollution solution

By Tom Hughes

Last week Governor Phil Scott took another step towards real climate action.  He signed an executive order creating a Vermont Climate Action Commission and reaffirmed the climate and clean energy goals set forth in the 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan.

In this era…

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July 20, 2017

Act 60: Twenty years after Brigham

By William J. Mathis

Editor’s note: William J. Mathis is managing director of the National Education Policy Center and vice-chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, and a Goshen resident. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization with which…

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July 12, 2017

Encourage good media

By Lee Hamilton

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder…

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July 12, 2017

Condos is right to defy Trump on voter info

By Jon Margolis

Praising elected officials ought not to be a common practice. They tend to do an adequate job of that themselves, rarely missing an opportunity to tell the world how wonderful they are.

There are times, though, when an elected official deserves the…

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July 5, 2017

Climate resolution is a farce upon a farce

By Rob Roper 

The last thing the Vermont House of Representatives did before leaving town was pass H.R. 15, a resolution “strongly opposing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement … and recognizing Governor Phil Scott’s enrolling Vermont in the U.S. Climate Alliance.” It…

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June 28, 2017

Why we need to scrap the debt ceiling

By Lee Hamilton

Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. “Don’t you understand that we’ve got a serious spending and debt…

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June 28, 2017

Act 60 turns 20

By Jack Hoffman

The Equal Educational Opportunity Act, better known as Act 60, is 20 years old on Monday. On June 26, 1997, at an outdoor ceremony in Whiting, Gov. Howard Dean signed into law Vermont’s unique and groundbreaking education funding system.

As we face…