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Editorial: Fracturing the political debate

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Politically thinking: GOP seeks alternative to Romney

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Last week’s Republican presidential candidates’ debate in New Hampshire was the kick-off to a campaign that will end in August 2012 in Tampa, when the GOP nominates its candidate to oppose President Obama’s bid for re-election. Although the Republican contest is still in its very early days, some key themes of the campaign are emerging.

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Between the Lines: Taking a hard look at single-payer health

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



There are plenty of reasons to be worried about Vermont’s march toward single-payer health care.

Federal health care reform may allow states to cover virtually all health care costs within their borders. But of course there’s no guarantee such a system would work. It’s never been tried in the U.S.

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Editorial: Redistricting draft going nowhere

Posted on June 20, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

Former state Senator Gerry Gossens, a Salisbury Democrat, nailed it when he said of the draft redistricting plan for the 150 seats in the House submitted last week: “I believe it is wrong, with the months we’ve spent and the money we’ve spent, to submit a plan that we know will not be acceptable and probably won’t even be taken seriously.”

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Editorial: Viable community hospitals are also a right, not a privilege

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Supporters of Vermont’s successful push for health care reform this past legislative session championed the single-payer system toward universal care based on the belief that “health care is a right, not a privilege.” In a similar vein, Gov. Peter Shumlin and our legislative leaders must embrace the notion that “strong community hospitals are also a right, and not a privilege for the state’s largest and wealthiest communities.”

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Clippings: A youthful malady, multiplied by age

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.”  I’m reminded of that 1971 David Bowie song — the title, at least; not that I ever got the lyrics at age 17 when it first came out or 39 years later. Something about “time may change me, but I can’t trace time.”

Certainly time changes people, but what is this notion about not being able to “trace time”? Is it that you can’t change what has been; you can’t relive the moment? That time’s not a do-over?

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Around the bend: Third-place finish takes the cake

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



“I’d like a cake shaped like a giant margarita.”

So declared my stepson’s girlfriend last month. For her 21st birthday, she wanted a 3-D cake shaped like a margarita glass a couple of feet tall.

Kids these days.

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Editorial: End failed ethanol subsidies

Posted on June 13, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., took on a powerful Midwest lobbying group when he advocated for the end of ethanol subsidies this past week on the shores of Lake Bomoseen. He chose Lake Bomoseen as a backdrop because of the damage ethanol gasoline does to boat engines as well as most other two-cycle engines like snowmobiles, lawnmowers, chainsaws and grass trimmers. In a word, the detrimental effect of ethanol gasoline to two-cycle engines and boat engines in the past few years has been a giant headache for most of us — and very costly for some businesses. (See story Page 1.)

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Partisan attacks against 'the government' mirror tragedy of the commons

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



A frequent theme in this column is imploring that actions taken by individuals or boards, first serve the common good. In an elegantly written column this week, Ira Chaleff, outgoing chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation, captures this same theme with an apt analogy that addresses today’s congressional dysfunction. It is directed to our congressional leaders and reprinted below:

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Clippings: You can't measure your journey in miles

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



I suppose that one of these days I should thank my parents for convincing me to apply to Middlebury College. Like many kids who grow up in Addison County, I started to crave a change of scenery sometime around my junior year in high school. When it came time to apply to college, the last thing I wanted was for my big move to be from one side of Middlebury to the other — after all, my sister had gone all the way to the exotic lands of Connecticut for college.

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