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Politically Thinking: Governor should appoint commissioner

Next week, the House Education Committee will hold a hearing on a bill to designate the governor, rather than the state board of education, as the appointing authority for Vermont’s education commissioner.

The board of education consists of 10 members, appointed by the governor for six-year terms. During a governor’s elected term of two years, he or she can appoint only three or four members of the state board. The governor would need two terms, or four years, to appoint a majority of the members of the board of education.

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Editorial: Bigger farms are vital, too

Posted on February 28, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Talk about farming in Vermont these days and all the buzz is about Farm-to-Plate legislation, buying local, organic if possible, and the niche market potential of value added products. It’s enough to make large-scale dairy farmers stand up and scream, “Hey, what about me!”

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Editorial: Promises on health care reform not good enough

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It is not just semantics that undermines Gov. Peter Shumlin’s push for a single-payer health care system when businesses, providers and patients hear the proposed reform as a promise instead of a guarantee. It’s today’s economic pressures, past practices that haven’t lived up to the hype, and a decision to delay any explanation of the financing that has people up in arms.

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Clippings: What we have, others value highly

Vermont’s Town Meeting Day tradition, with one of the purest forms of democratic rule, falls in the midst of turbulent upheaval throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East and should prompt deep appreciation for what too many Vermonters take for granted.

But before looking inward, let’s look abroad.

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Around the bend: Rare sunlight exposes chores to do

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Friday, Mother Nature gave us a treat: nice weather.

The warm breeze and bright sunlight came as an unfamiliar surprise to county residents, who, upon stepping outside, squinted skyward and blinked, disoriented, much like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, but without the media attention. Was it time to wake up?

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Editorial: A call for openness, clarity

Posted on February 21, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Between the Lines: All hail the mighty Zamboni

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



I’m going to write my next column about the Zamboni, I said to her.

She looked up from her Garnet Hill catalog and peered over the top of her glasses. She put down the catalog, its cover bright with spring fashions: “Why on earth would you want to write a column about the Zamboni, of all things?”

Everybody loves the Zamboni. It’s got a funny name and goes round and round turning distilled water into ice as smooth as glass. What could be cooler than that?

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Editorial: Of hospitals, taxes and the holy grail

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Porter Hospital officials posed a legitimate beef with Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed provider tax on hospitals in a front page story in today’s Addison Independent: “These reductions will clearly impair our ability to be an effective partner in the way reform is occurring in this state, in the way that Gov. Shumlin and Gov.

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Guest editorial: Stumbling in the ruins

Posted on February 14, 2011 |
By Haviland Smith



In his 1993 article in Foreign Policy titled “The Clash of Civilizations?” Samuel Huntington posits that “in the future ... countries with large numbers of people of different civilizations ... are candidates for dismemberment.” In this context, “civilizations” are defined by language, history, religion, customs and institutions.

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Editorial: 'Early ed' bill goes astray

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It’s that time of the legislative session in which a slew of bills are introduced with well-meaning intentions, but proceed with undue momentum and not enough skeptical scrutiny. H.97 is one of those bills. Advertised as a way to strengthen the state’s early education day-care facilities, the bill already has the preliminary endorsement of Gov. Peter Shumlin, 53 representatives and 11 senators, and the support of former Gov. Howard Dean — and yet it may do more harm than good in its current version and is irresponsible for its lack of fiscal prudence.

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