Op – Ed

Op - Ed
April 5, 2017

Time to examine equity in public schools

By Rob Roper

Equity and access to educational resources has been a hot topic surrounding the rules (or changes thereto) governing independent schools that accept tax dollars through Vermont’s tuitioning system. Some argue that if a school takes state money it should accept any and…

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April 5, 2017

2018 budget turns the page on Vermont’s spending crisis

By Don Turner

Last week, Montpelier turned the page after an eight-year spell of overspending and financial irresponsibility. Since 2009, the House Republican Caucus has advocated for an annual budget that does not raise taxes or fees, balances overall spending with revenue growth, and promotes…

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March 29, 2017

Education reform needed

By Will Patten

On Feb. 1 I attended a meeting of Vermont business leaders to discuss the importance of early childhood education. Governor Phil Scott came to address the group and received a spontaneous and enthusiastic standing ovation—not because he had cut business taxes or…

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March 29, 2017

Playing chicken, Trump caves

By Angelo S. Lynn

Congressional Republicans called Trump’s bluff Friday, March 24, and guess who backed down? Trump did, with his tail between his legs. Trump had tried to make it a game of “chicken,” carelessly threatening Republican opponents last Thursday that if they didn’t…

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March 22, 2017

TrumpCare’s big sin

By Angelo S. Lynn

By now, the biggest sin of the GOP health care bill is well known: it’s a tax cut bill masquerading as a health care plan. Simply put, it takes health care away from lower-income and middle-income Americans who need it most,…

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March 22, 2017

In praise of pragmatism

By Lee H. Hamilton

As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times. In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists? It would not change the issues at hand. On…

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March 22, 2017

Clouds on the horizon: The public’s right to know is under attack

By Sen. Patrick Leahy

This is the first Sunshine Week, since it began in 2005, when the public’s right to know has been under direct assault, and on several fronts. “Fake news,” “alternative facts,” retaliatory restrictions on press access by the White House, and demonizing attacks…

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March 8, 2017

Let the sun shine in!

By Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

An open government makes for a better government. This is Sunshine Week and it is being celebrated all across the nation.4.1×7  In reality, it should be celebrated every week – not just this week – in Vermont and every…

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March 8, 2017

Success of rural economies

By Adam Grinold, Lyle Jepson, William Colvin

There is a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” set in days of the Black Plague. Eric Idle moves through a village, calling “Bring out your dead!” John Cleese appears, a body slung over his shoulder. As…

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March 1, 2017

Something to write home about

By Sen. Dick McCormack

Refugees

Before I take issue with Governor Scott I want to thank him for his reason and courage in condemning the bigoted banning of refugees based on their religion. We Americans have many conflicting opinions, but the things that unite us…