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Guest editorial: Vermonters need to control school spending

Posted on March 4, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



There should be a warning sign attached to this year’s vote on the state’s schools’ budgets. It should read: “Costs are higher than expected, and will go higher still, despite the fact that we are educating fewer students. No end in sight.”

Guest editorial: Will health care reform deliver true savings?

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



Republican legislators have taken the Shumlin administration to task for failing to articulate how the state’s health care reform law would be financed, as required by law. The administration contends it has “substantially” complied, and labels the partisan display a “stunt.”

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Guest Editorial: A message behind Shumlin’s pledge of no new taxes?

Posted on December 17, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



When House Democrats gathered a week ago in a pre-session caucus the outlines of a new legislative session began to take shape. This is when legislators and their leaders being to share their thoughts of what could be.

The process is basic to the institution, but its significance rests with the fact that the Legislature is essentially a one-party body — the Democratic Party — with Gov. Peter Shumlin of the same persuasion.

And it’s the governor who will find himself the person responsible for applying the brake more than the accelerator.

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Guest Editorial: The pain pill

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



 

Prescription drug abuse is a problem with numerous casualties and it is a reality that we know only too well in St. Albans. The abuse has torn families apart, led to increases in local crime, and put many peoples’ health at risk.

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Guest editorial: Gov. Shumlin faces key decision on education

Posted on November 19, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



To Mr. Shumlin:

If we could add 25 million post-secondary educated students to the workforce by 2025, the boost to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product would be $500 billion annually, according to a Georgetown University study.

If you do the math, Vermont’s tiny sliver of that increase would be roughly a billion dollars annually and that billion dollars translates directly to the economic and cultural security we need to pursue for the next generation of Vermonters. 

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Guest Editorial: Study ranks Vt. as a stingy place. Are we really?

Posted on September 3, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermonters give an average of 2.8 percent of their discretionary income to charity, making us one of the stingiest states in the union, according to a national study conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Our cellar-dwelling neighbors are close by. New Hampshire is the stingiest at 2.5 percent, and the rest of New England fills in the bottom six positions nationally. 

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Guest Editorial: What did Adam Smith really say?

Posted on July 26, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



As the campaign season begins to hit high tide, one of the more common motifs from conservatives is the lament that government inhibits growth and prosperity and that a truly “free market” would unleash the powers of the marketplace — the result being a society bathed in opulence.

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Guest Editorial: The coming wave

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



If you had two products of comparable quality and one cost $120,000 and the other $20,000, the choice between the two would be simple. If the $20,000 option were considerably better, then not only would the choice be easy, but the $120,000 option would cease to exist.

To a degree, that describes the horns of the dilemma to be encountered by higher education. No matter how they respond, the cost of a college education and the explosion in digital learning models will revamp the way the next generation approaches education.

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Guest Editorial: Negative advertising takes center stage

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



Democratic consultant Jason Stanford argues in a Huffington Post article that negative advertising is a good thing, if you like democracy. He argues that voters pay more attention to criticism than praise and that raising the voters’ hackles also gets them to the polls.

We would like to believe otherwise, but the research shows he’s correct. To drive the point home, he points to the recent Wisconsin election, which was highly negative, and yet drove more people to the polls than in the general election.

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Guest editorial: Court's decision sound, potus onus on voting public, for the fourth

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



For months, the chattering class occupied itself with the self-appointed task of telling people how the court would rule on “Obamacare” and why. And they were wrong. Almost without exception. No one predicted that Chief Justice John Roberts — nominated by former President George Bush — would side with the court’s four liberal justices to give President Barack Obama his most sought-after victory.

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