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Editorial: With gun control, it's power politics, more than reason, that wins

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The lessons to be learned from the 3,000 student-led marches around the country this Wednesday protesting gun violence are many, but can be boiled down to a single challenge: Will today’s angst and motivation for change among students and gun-control advocates outlast the forces that champion gun rights to the extreme degree this country allows?

Don’t be too sure change is coming. If you are, you’re likely to be disappointed.

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Editorial: Condos says, 'Too much at stake'

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Early this week, Vermont’s Secretary of State Jim Condos sent out an alarm to patriots everywhere, and specifically our congressional delegation, that a provision in a recent U.S. House bill had included a provision to allow Secret Service agents to enter polling locations at the direction of the president. The provision, Condos wrote, was included in language in House bill 2825, section 4012, which reauthorizes the federal Department of Homeland Security.

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Editorial: State leaders off-base trying to change school finance now

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



School budgets across the state had a remarkable success rate this Town Meeting. Of 142 school districts facing budget votes on Town Meeting Day, 135 budgets were approved, two votes had yet to be tabulated as of mid-Wednesday, and only five were defeated. That 96 percent approval rate is one of the highest in recent times, making one question the wisdom of the Democratically controlled Legislature’s push for school finance reform.

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Editorial: Governor Scott's bold support of gun control tests Democrats' ability to deliver

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



“We will remember in November.” That was the political threat gun-rights leader Ed Cutler issued to Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, in the wake of the governor’s gutsy and stunning announcement this past week that he was determined to “do all he could do” to prevent a mass shooting at a Vermont school.

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Opinon: Voters rejected Peter Shumlin

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Gary Murdock



Oh, Mr. Lynn, once again your editorial has left me gasping for air and clawing at my desk. Well, maybe my affection for tobacco is partly to blame for the gasping, but clawing at the desk is all you! Your Dec. 31 editorial espousing the greatness of Peter Shumlin is so full of false statements and contradictions to your own writings that I barely know where to start.

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Page 4 snafu in Monday's paper, Nov. 3

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff



How closely do you read the paper? 
If you fancy yourself a careful reader, you may have noticed that Page 4 in today's print edition did not look like most Page 4s. There were no editorials, no letters or guest columns, and no big, black and white Trent Campbell photo.

Don't panic. It was just a mistake.

The wrong page was pulled in by our printer at the St Albans Messenger, which resulted in them re-printing Page 4 from the recent United Way supplement that you may have seen in the paper late last month rather than the correct page.  

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Guest Editorial: Doom and gloom in Vermont

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Tom Pelham



Inevitably, violating principles of sustainable spending has both fiscal and political consequences. At its core, sustainable spending requires that growth in government spending reasonably equate to growth in the underlying economy supporting such spending, especially in relatively high tax states like Vermont. In recent years, our state leaders have wandered from these core principles and the consequences, both fiscal and soon political, are now unfolding.

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Guest editorial: Healthcare providers have reason to be anxious

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



The most powerful word in the English language is the word no. That is particularly true to people and organizations who consistently depend on the word yes to get things done. When they are told no, they have to change what they do, or stop doing it.

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Opinion: Editorial stance on pipeline protest wrong

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



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Guest editorial: Having skin in the game

Posted on February 17, 2014 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and a Goshen resident. He served as a Vermont superintendent of schools and taught education finance at the University of Vermont.

The school funding debate is particularly toasty this town meeting season. With some reason! Most observers agree that our per pupil education costs are among the highest in the nation. When compared to inflation or portion of the gross state product, however, the increases are much more modest.

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