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Editorial: Trump's budget shows a shocking lack of compassion

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For the first 100-plus days of Trump’s presidency, he has ruled by the seat of his pants — undoing sensible measures with the flick of a signature, and with about as much thought. He has been called our “child president” because of his childish antics and spoiled behavior, and because he lacks self-discipline. Nor has he seemed to care or even acknowledge that his actions have immediate as well as long-term consequences for others.

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Guest editorial: Real voter fraud is suppressing and denying the right to vote

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Jim Condos



This week’s community forum is by Vermont’s Secretary of State, Jim Condos.

I’ve never been known to sugarcoat things, so I’m going to be frank. Recent events are causing increasing concerns that our democracy is in peril. Let me explain.

Voting is the foundation of our democracy. Since my first day as Secretary of State, and before that as a State Senator, I’ve worked to encourage voter participation by breaking down barriers to ensure eligible Vermont citizens are able to vote.

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Editorial: Dems deal themselves a weak hand to Gov's aces

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the Vermont Legislature approaches adjournment, possibly this Friday, it is most likely that the budget, as it stands, will be vetoed by the governor a few weeks from now. Negotiations will continue via an appointed committee, and legislators will be called back to Montpelier this summer for a final reckoning.

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Editorial: Legalizing marijuana: A very savvy bill Gov. Scott can sign

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



While Gov. Phil Scott’s coup to have the state negotiate teachers’ health care benefits has been the unforeseen show-stopper of this legislative session, that a bill moving toward legalizing marijuana made it to the governor’s desk is one of the session’s biggest surprises.

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Editorial: Trump's America is failing state in the eyes of the world

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When the president of the United States feels as if he is above the law, and the Republican Congress does nothing to preserve the integrity of those laws, we are a nation in dire trouble.

David Leonhardt, columnist and online opinion editor of the New York Times, wrote Wednesday: “The president of the United States is lying again… The president is lying about firing a top law enforcement official (FBI Director James Comey), and he is almost certainly lying to protect himself and his aides from a full investigation into their own activities.”

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Editorial: Middlebury bridges project: the pain ahead deserves study now

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



If you are a Middlebury area resident, do you have questions about the proposed Middlebury rail bridges project?

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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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Editorial: Green Up Day and the meaning of community

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



This weekend, or any day this week or next, grab a Green Up bag and pick up a little trash near where you live. It will make you feel connected — a small part of a larger whole. Click here to read about what's going on in your town.

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Editorial: $26 million savings is too much for Dems to ignore

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In Vermont, Democratic legislators must carefully consider a late-in-the-session move by Gov. Phil Scott that could potentially save taxpayers $26 million annually in education costs. To ignore a full discussion of the proposed plan (Senate Democrats are suggesting it’s too late in the session to take it up) could risk losing this one-time opportunity and give Republicans political ammunition in upcoming elections.

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