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Editorial: Our polar opposite views of political reality

Posted on September 7, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Sen. Bernie Sanders thrills liberals, moderates and even conservatives in a way that Hillary Clinton can only dream about — and it all has to do with the perception of honesty. When Bernie speaks, people believe him. When Hillary talks, many hear only lies, half-truths and plans to scheme more riches into her and Bill’s pockets. And then there is Trump: When the Donald talks, it’s all self-important blather with almost nothing based on fact. And yet each political camp believes in their candidate over the other.

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Guest editorial: Vermont is ducking the real debate over jobs

Posted on September 2, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



If, as the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce predicts, 69 percent of all jobs in New England by the year 2020 will require postsecondary education, and if only slightly more than half of Vermont’s graduating high school seniors enroll in college the following fall, then what is the fallout from the obvious gap between the jobs available and the lack of people qualified to fill them?

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Guest editorial: Dairy industry is reeling again; time to move to organic?

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Roger Allbee



The Vermont dairy industry is again reeling from low commodity prices caused by over-production, a glut of imports, challenges in our export markets and poor economic growth. The stark reality is that the current pricing mechanism for non-organic milk, in place since the 1930’s and other constraints, results in an unfavorable longer term prognosis for Vermont’s economically important and iconic dairy sector.

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Editorial: But ... it's glorious in Vermont

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Editorial: The tie between 13 million gallons of wastewater, the lake, and statewide elections

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermonters are at the fleeting confluence of two intersecting trajectories: an upcoming statewide election in November, and the tag end of August with another rash of beach closings on Lake Champlain, sewage spills, and blue-green algae alerts. With beachgoers upset, boaters disgusted and lakeshore homeowners up in arms at the deterioration of water quality in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water in the state, you’d think there might be enough political pressure to push clean-water policy to the forefront of our political discussion — especially in an election year.

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Editorial: Trump and the threat within

Posted on August 22, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The absurdity of today’s electorate teeters on the surreal. Trump supporters, in particular, defy rational thought: For much of the past year, they have sanctioned Trump’s outrageous statements, off-color remarks, racist and bigoted comments, and political positions that are often contrary to American principles — and then there is his obsessive compulsion to tell bald-faced lies, and repeat them over-and-over even when he knows they are untrue.

And yet, for many of these same Americans it is Democrat Hillary Clinton whom they believe is untrustworthy.

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Editorial: Preserving Porter's viability

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In America, losing one’s sense of autonomy runs strongly against our individualistic character; it tears at the fabric of our cultural heritage. We are a nation born of small villages, proud of our services, and reluctant to let go of what became community institutions. We cling to our small town independence and bemoan the loss of autonomy when the inherent inefficiency compromises an institution’s viability.
 

Editorial: Defining the Olympic spirit

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



These Olympic games may be the perfect distraction — and contrast — to the political embarrassment that has otherwise dominated the national news.

Rather than seeing the worst of ourselves as reflected in Mr. Trump — his insults, sarcasm, put-downs, exaggerations and pathological lying — the nation sees the best of itself in its Olympic athletes.

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Editorial: Primary election reckoning

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For the politically minded, the morning after an election there is that moment of personal reckoning — a deep breath along with the reflection of what just happened and how those results fit into our world.

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