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July 21st, 2009

Breaking the boom-to-bust dairy cycle with 'Farm to Plate'

In the face of dismal prices for the state’s non-organic dairy farmers, New Haven’s state Rep. Christopher Bray says the ‘Farm to Plate’ legislation passed this past legislative session may be the most important bill approved in the past decade that has to do with food or agriculture. Why is Bray so optimistic about legislation the average Vermonter has never heard of? Because the initiative encourages Vermont’s local food production to grow from what is now just 3 percent of the food consumed in the state to 20 percent in the next decade.

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July 13th

Is Palin's star on the rise?

Suddenly, I’m a fan of Sarah Palin’s. No, not because she bailed on her job as governor of Alaska midway through her term and put her political career in jeopardy. But precisely because she didn’t care — other things, she said, were more important.

While the former vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party tried to put a positive spin on her decision to quit the governorship at the end of the month, the news didn’t sit well with many Republicans and conservative radio shock-jocks and columnists around the country.

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July 9th

Common sense in Ferrisburgh

In Ferrisburgh last week, about 100 residents attended a zoning board meeting to question a proposal that would build a large gasoline/diesel service station that would also include a restaurant and convenience store. The crucial issues here are the scale of the project and the “undue and adverse” aesthetic effect the project would have on the community.

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June 25th

A California bail out?

If Vermonters had a vote, just how many Green Mountain residents — and we’re a generous lot for the most part — do you think would agree to use their tax dollars to bail out California?

None was my answer, too.

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June 18th

Of ATVs using state lands

That 250 avid ATV riders showed up at a Agency of Natural Resources hearing in Montpelier on Tuesday to lobby for access to state lands for trail riding is a testament to those particular individuals’ passion for the sport, not public support of the idea. Nor did the 250 riders represent an unusually large number, considering there are16,000 registered ATVs in Vermont and another 32,000 that are illegally unregistered.

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May 10th

Of bank heists & credit cards

The nation’s biggest banks just don’t get it. After spending billions of dollars bailing out the nation’s financial sector, including many of the nation’s largest banks, President Obama has requested Congress send him legislation to limit the sudden rate hikes and hidden fees banks are piling on credit card users. Have they no shame?

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A tonic for today’s indigestion

Take all the bad news of the past year, roll it into a single package and what do you get? Ample cause for indigestion.

Want a tonic?

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Budget stalemate: What now?

State budget talks broke down between legislative leaders and Gov. Douglas on Tuesday, tossing the Democratic leadership and the governor into a game of political chicken. The Democrats declared they would likely send out a budget of their own making and leave it to the governor to veto.

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