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Guest editorial: Do we really get the lesson of women's soccer loss to Japan

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



When the women’s soccer team collapsed into a national heartache Sunday there was this collective urge to find a way to make the pain disappear. It hurt. They had tried so hard, done so well and we had prepared ourselves for a moment of well-deserved glory.

Yet, a cruel fate, and some gargantuan Japanese hearts, stole it from our girls, and us, and left in its place a sense of undeserved loss.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

It rarely is, and yet, it keeps happening and the psychological and political consequences surround us.

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Guest Editorial: Smart meters are first step in bigger process

Posted on May 23, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Change comes easiest when people understand how they benefit. Motivation is almost in direct proportion to how much they save, or profit, or are made to feel better. Central to all this is the ability to communicate effectively.

That ability, or willingness, will dictate the degree of success Vermont will have with the “smart grid” technology that is about to become part of our lives. We can do the minimum, and accomplish little, or we can use the technology as the necessary catalyst to prompt the sorts of changes that truly make a difference.

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Gov. wrong on dentist tax

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



The Vermont House rejected the Shumlin administration’s effort to raise almost $4 million by assessing a 3-percent provider tax on dentists. Instead, legislators opted to raise the same $4 million through a 26-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes. The governor is pushing the Senate to restore the tax on dentists, saying it’s misguided to punish people with an addiction.

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Guest editorial: New estate tax law needed

Posted on May 3, 2010 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



This is the year when the heirs of the super rich bought sky-diving lessons for dad, fed him prime rib twice a day and told him, “What the heck, a third martini can’t hurt. You only live once.”

Because Congress didn’t ever get around to passing a sensible estate tax law, the old one expired and a new one isn’t due to take over until January of next year.

It is, in short, a good year to die — from an inheritor’s point of view.

Or is it?

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Guest editorial: Social Security fix needed now

Posted on April 12, 2010 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Social Security starts its downward slide this year. Because of the recession and 10 percent unemployment, payroll tax receipts will fall below pensions paid out for the first time.

Today’s retirees need not worry. The imbalance will not affect the program until 2037, or thereabouts. Because income has exceeded expenses for decades, the Social Security trust fund has a balance of about $2.5 trillion invested in Treasury bills. The interest on those notes added to payroll tax receipts will keep pension checks flowing for a few years.

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Editorial: Reform school spending

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Vermont’s educators are the primary actors in a crucible that has the potential to reframe the state’s social and economic profile. The question is whether they will embrace the need for change, or hold on to the past.

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Editorial: Campaign spending ruling is unbelievable

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Just when you thought things could not become more unsettled, the earth shakes and the landscape changes. There is the human drama in Haiti. There is the political drama in Washington. And then, there is the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Jan. 21 made a ruling that will affect how the nation’s business is conducted — beginning at city hall, extending to our state capitals, and reaching our nation’s legislative and executive branches of government.

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Editorial: What Vermonters expect of their new governor

Posted on January 7, 2010 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Politics is nothing more than understanding ambition and the conditions that produce it, and there is a surfeit of both as the Vermont Legislature begins its work.

It will be a session unlike any other. Legislators will be faced with a $150 million hole in the budget that needs to be plugged. It has an unemployment trust fund that is about to run bone dry. And it is dealing with a state economy that is anemic, at best.

The general conclusion is that we must learn how to do more with less, or, as the governor suggests, to do less with less.

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Despite falling fertility rates, trouble ahead

Posted on November 23, 2009 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Guess which country has the lowest fertility rate — Iran or the United States. It’s Iran.

The United States is one of the few rich nations of the world in which women have more children during their child-bearing years (15 to 49) than it takes to replace them and the fathers. Iran has a fertility rate of 1.9 for the whole country, 1.5 for the capital city of Tehran. The magic number is 2.1. Two to replace the parents, point one to compensate for early female deaths. The U.S. rate is at 2.1 or a bit higher.

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Guest editorial: Vermont's tax challenge

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



If half a company’s revenue came from five percent of its customer base, the CEO would begin each day with the same ritual: prayer.

That’s a narrow base upon which to build hope, let alone a sustainable business.

To an extent, that’s Vermont’s issue, not at the corporate level but with state government. We have a spending level that is disproportionately dependent on a progressive income tax structure and a paltry number of taxpayers.

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