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Editorial: By nixing single-payer, Shumlin makes a realistic call

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin did what leaders are supposed to do: he led. He made the tough decision to nix the push to a statewide single-payer health care system because the financial impact was too great a risk to the state’s economy, at this time, and would put too great a burden on individuals and businesses.

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Editorial: Vermont bucks 'popular' politics to invest in its kids

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It’s popular today to be critical of politicians in Washington, D.C., and in Montpelier. It’s popular to be against government spending and for tax cuts. It’s also popular to be against spending more on education — both at the state level and federal.

But what’s popular is not always smart.

What’s smart is to raise and spend money in ways that make our society stronger, enrich the individual and reduce the need for spending more on the back end.

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Editorial: Decommissioning solar: A common sense measure that makes good business sense

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



The explosion of solar arrays in Vermont, in particular Addison County, has spawned the twinkling of what could be the downside of any boom-bust cycle.

The upside of solar power is its sustainability and near-zero admissions into the atmosphere. In that manner, it is a fuel source to be developed and exploited.

The downside of its rapid deployment, however, is in the rush to cite the projects (sometimes in places that are less than ideal) as well as lax rules that govern the life cycle of any energy project.

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Editorial: City council should approve toddler park in Vergennes

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In Vergennes, the city council will take a vote next Tuesday on whether to support a recreation committee’s recommendation to build a toddler park on city-owned land that is also near the city’s swimming pool and elementary school. The city has a $21,000 state grant to fund half of the project’s $42,000 cost, with the other $21,000 slated to be taken from the city’s water/sewer fund — thus no property tax dollars would be spent on the project.

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Editorial: How to keep school taxes lower via local control

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Want to know how to keep property taxes for school spending down and avoid the projected two-cent hike recently projected by state officials?

In theory, it’s not that hard: just keep local spending per pupil the same as last year.

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Guest editorial: Lawmakers must act after court's ruling on prison suit

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Michael Carpenter is a Vermont inmate judged as a habitual offender and he was one of the 500 or so prisoners the state sends to out-of-state prisons. Today, he is back in Vermont.

He is back because he won his lawsuit against the state. He contended that his constitutional rights were violated and Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor agreed. She ruled he was denied equal protection under the Constitution.

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Guest Editorial: How do we grow is our political leadership balks?

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Art Woolf, the oft-cited University of Vermont economics professor, last week explained the source of Vermont’s economic difficulties to the annual gathering of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corp. It was not lengthy. Nor was it complicated. The prevailing leadership in Vermont, he said, doesn’t like growth.

There are complicating factors. We’re small. We’re geographically isolated. We don’t have a hospitable climate and we’re old and growing older. Even a pro-growth movement would find Vermont tough sledding.

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Guest editorial: 45-cent gas tax? That's nuts

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If several Vermont environmental groups and key policy makers have their way, the Legislature will impose a tax on gasoline and heating fuels, raising the price of a gallon of gas an estimated 45 cents. This will be Vermont’s way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions.

They are delusional.

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Editorial: The missing point of criticism

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Let’s examine the revered role of criticism in our political dialogue.

First, let’s agree that progress is the universal goal and that we’re not in the business of governing to take society backwards. Second, let’s agree that there are multiple ways to achieve progress and as many ways to define it.

The focus, then, is how constructive criticism plays a role in helping create better decisions and outcomes.

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