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Guest editorial: There's no education fund deficit

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Jack Hoffman



Pssst. Did you hear about the $60 million deficit in the Education Fund?

Guess what. It’s not true.

Given the headlines and news stories in recent weeks, Vermonters may be surprised to hear there is no deficit in the Education Fund. That’s because funding for schools—like funding for municipalities—doesn’t work like the state budget, and never has. Citizens vote directly on their school and municipal budgets. Their elected representatives vote on the state budget. That makes a big difference.

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Opinion: Responsible solutions to irresponsible debt

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Mark Crow



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Opinion: Need for dental care, insurance continues in state

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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Ouch!

I broke my tooth. Usually my dentist, who is excellent, can fill the broken area and I’m ready to go again. Not this time. It broke below the gum line and that meant oral surgery, months of healing and then a crown. The right side of my jaw is getting a work out and the left side is getting tender loving care. I’m not eating certain foods and I think I’m losing some weight. In perspective this is an easy fix because I have insurance and a good income. I am privileged.

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Letter to the editor: African American citizens' struggle continues

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Frances Stone



I spent two days in the National Museum of African American History and Culture the last week of April with Paul my husband, and François Clemmons a good friend. It’s a visit I will never forget nor will I forget the impressions it made on me. Much was not new to me since the South is part of my heritage and I grew up in a loving, caring, giving family that believed in equal rights and the dignity and worth of all people.

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Guest editorial: Robert Redford: Pruitt's biggest scandal

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Robert Redford



This week’s Community Forum is by Robert Redford, actor, director, producer and trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

President Donald trump should follow the suggestion of many — including some within his own party, and reportedly even his chief of staff — and replace Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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Ways of Seeing: First comes April, then September

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Sas Carey



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“First comes Nadaam, then comes autumn” is an expression in Mongolia. Nadaam is a festival and holiday from July 11-14 for the country’s competitive games of archery, wrestling, and horseracing. The expression reflects the short Mongolian summer. And summer means sun in this desert country. Autumn means rain and cooler weather. The expression reminds Mongolians to live their short summer fully.

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Eric Davis: Gov. Philip Hoff left a lasting legacy

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Philip Hoff, who died last week, served as governor of Vermont from 1963 to 1969. He was an important figure in Vermont’s political history, and not only because he was the first Democrat ever elected governor.

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Victor Nuovo: Wollstonecraft's liberal voice rebuts Burke's defense of the entitled elite

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

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Letter to the editor: Fair Haven wants secure schools

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Linda Dague



I hope that Governor Scott, now that he has made a commitment to school safety in Vermont, will help the people of Fair Haven make their schools secure. All of us empathize with the parents and students who are in such a difficult situation. The Governor has the funds and opportunity to use the knowledge that has been gained these last few months. Hopefully it will happen now when there is a real need.

Linda Dague

Starksboro

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Letter to the editor: Teaching 'coaches' aren't the solution

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Darin Maloney



As Vermont moves to consolidate our pubic schools, we are losing sight of what is best for our children. Our schools are cutting teaching staff, as well as teaching support staff, and bulking up their administration staff. They are now creating “coaches” to go into the schools and “coach” teachers (who are already highly qualified). These very well-paid coaches, who have little or no training as educators, have nothing to do with the  students.

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