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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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Editorial: The hope vs. the travesty

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the birthplace of modern democracy, Americans of all political stripes might be concerned that the national turn-out in this past Tuesday’s mid-term election was just 36.6 percent.

It was one of the lowest turnouts in recent times, and it is likely that the national will might not be accurately represented by the results. That is particularly true when the effect of big money in the campaigns is considered, when we assess the impact of state laws that reduce voter turnout, and when you break down voter demographics.

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Editorial: Voters tell Shumlin to be bold, forthright, trustworthy

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Vermont voters sent a message to Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday and it was anything but subtle. Voters don’t trust him.

And for good reason.

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Editorial: Yep, $33 million bond was too much

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The $32 million bond proposal to completely renovate Mount Abe Union High School failed dramatically. By a 3-1 margin, voters in the five-town district said “no way.”

But because the vote was so lopsided, it doesn’t serve as a barometer of how much district voters are willing to spend. That’s especially problematic if the school board is committed to presenting another bond proposal by Town Meeting 2015. To make that happen, a new proposal would have to be fleshed out and warned by the middle of January — just a bit over two months from now.

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Editorial: Endorsements — Welch for Congress, Keeler for Sheriff

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the race for Vermont’s lone congressman, incumbent Democrat Rep. Peter Welch is our overwhelming choice, and he should be Vermont’s clear favorite as well.

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