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Guest editorial: Next war more about systems of control, not ideology

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



For all of its warts, it was believed that social media and technology would be the fuel that continued to light the way for future democracies the world over. Authoritarians would not be able to control the spread of ideas, or opposition. This sense of freedom, and power of information, is what brought down the Soviet Union, and what prompted Tiananmen Square and what ignited the Arab Spring. And it would continue.

That was then.

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Guest editorial: Free tuition & how Vermont deals with doctor shortages

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



Last week New York University said it would offer free tuition to all of its medical school students. The reason is two-fold: first, to encourage more doctors to choose lower paying specialties, and, second, to address the impending shortage of physicians.

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Guest editorial: The bigger issue

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



Dan MacArthur is a member of the Marlboro School Board, which oversees the town’s elementary school. The school has 76 students, or a little over eight students per grade. St. Albans City Elementary, by comparison, has almost 800 students.

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Guest editorial: Will 'sober centrists' ever return to debate?

Posted on June 4, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



As we step onto the first stage leading to the general election in November the thought is that an unpopular president is giving rise to our better selves; we’ve tasted the extreme and the unconventional and found it lacking. We want the political pendulum to swing back toward the center.

But what if it doesn’t? What convinces us that the way we communicate is about to bring us back to something that resembles normalcy?

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Editorial: Does racial diversity panel follow common sense? No

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



The Vermont Senate recently passed legislation intended to “promote racial justice reform throughout the state by mitigating systemic racism in all systems of state government and crating a culture of inclusiveness.”

The legislation, S.281, would create a cabinet level position — the chief civil rights officer — and would be appointed by a five-person civil rights advisory panel. The position would be independent of the governor’s office.

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Guest editorial: Vt.'s female reps don't have a voice in education policy?

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont’s teachers feel picked upon by the decision makers in Montpelier and according to a Vermont NEA-commissioned study released last week, they think the reason is gender-based. Almost three-quarters of the teachers in Vermont are women and their fates are being determined by men who cannot empathize with their needs.

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Guest editorial: Timing could not be worse for education funding bill

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



The House Ways and Means Committee is pushing legislation that would change the way Vermont finances education. The impetus is political. Property taxes are high, and rising. Legislators want to rush in to ease the pain.

The timing could not be worse.

What the proposal does is shift some of the burden from the property tax to the income tax. The particulars have not been solidified, so we don’t know what the rates would be, or who would be affected.

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Guest editorial: The Legislature and Vermont's core challenge

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



The Vermont Legislature returned to work with a single goal that should prevail over all others — the need to redeploy and reallocate the resources we have to break us out of the low-growth cycle we’re in.

Everything else is a sideshow.

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Guest Editorial: Vermont's Crisis — childcare

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Emerson Lynn



The traditional childcare provider model seems to be falling apart, and the effects are pushing Vermont, and counties like our own, into a full-blown crisis. Last year, Franklin County lost 42 registered programs and two childcare centers. Richford and Alburg have lost half their providers. There are essentially no available slots for working parents with infants and toddlers.

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Guest editorial: The Vermont state college challenge

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding has a single message for Vermont legislators: The five-college system has been cut to the bone, jobs have been pared and expenses cut, and if the $4 million he’s asked for does not materialize, and if state support continues to be meager, legislators may be put in the position of deciding which VSC campus is most expendable.

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