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Editorial: Lisman's negativity rings false

Posted on June 6, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a recent mailer to registered Vermont Republicans, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman attacked Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who is also running to capture the GOP primary for governor, as being too complicit in support of Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin’s policies.

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Editorial: Porter’s future: As hospital regains its footing, potential for affiliation is on the horizon

Posted on June 1, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Porter Medical Center rights it ship under interim CEO Dr. Fred Kniffin, there is an exciting opportunity for the community to participate in the hospital’s future — and a pressing reason for the average resident to be increasingly engaged.

The opportunity is during the upcoming discussion concerning a potential affiliation or partnership with one of the two larger medical centers in the region.

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Guest editorial: You can't audit good faith

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By Doug Hoffer



The unfortunate situation with the EB-5 program presents an opportunity to reflect on the State’s approach to economic development. Among other responsibilities, the State Auditor’s office examines various programs to determine whether they achieve the goals established by the legislature. That is, are we getting our money’s worth?

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Guest editorial: Making college affordable is a front-burner issue in Vt.

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By Jeb Spaulding



Of the 6,000 or so Vermonters about to graduate from high school, more than 2,000 are unlikely to further their education after June. They will join a growing cohort of young Vermonters who lack the credentials necessary to succeed in our economy. In fact, Vermont has the lowest college enrollment rate in New England.

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Editorial: Nonsense from the Beltway

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Beltway chatter among political pundits, as well as the Democratic Party elite, have been hammering home a single storyline for the past two weeks: Bernie Sanders’s continued presence in the primary is hurting Hillary Clinton’s chances to beat Republican Donald Trump.

Nonsense.

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Editorial: Sen. Ayer: A leader with the right stuff for Senate post

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As a leadership vacuum sweeps through the Golden Dome in Montpelier, the race for Senate president pro tempore has taken on added significance. With other changes in political leadership looming—including races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general—and a caucus for a new House Speaker, a premium on political experience, organization and people skills to forge consensus make Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, a good choice as the next leader of the Senate.

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Editorial: The smart move for Shap

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In politics, sometimes a step back is the right move.

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Editorial: Voters' job is to demand specificity from candidates

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



As Vermonters begin to parse the statements of the various candidates for statewide office, voters should sharpen their own pencils — and talking points — so they are ready to challenge statements that are overly vague or the equivalent of the political sidestep. That’s particularly true of gubernatorial candidates and their proposals to grow Vermont’s economy.

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Editorial: 2016 session: Balance of work is up to voters to determine

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If pundits and critics are lamenting a dearth of “big initiatives” this session, perhaps that’s OK — new initiatives, after all, usually cost money; and part of the goal this year was to limit spending to a sustainable level.

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Ediorial: Session's end, public gains

Posted on May 9, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the legislative session wrapped up this past Saturday, the governor’s scorecard was mixed: he failed to get his two signature initiatives of this session signed into law (legalizing marijuana and divesting from coal-related industries), but several other initiatives passed that he also championed.

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