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Guest editorial: Legislators must stand with voters

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Allen Gilbert



There have been some very good ideas, and some very bad ideas, over the years about changing the state’s education funding system.

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Editorial: Of gun control and school finance

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



It’s been almost seven weeks since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, at which 17 students and teachers were gunned down by an 18-year-old former student with an assault rifle, who also seriously wounded 17 others. The next day, Vermont police arrested a former student at Fair Haven High School for  threatening to carry out a mass shooting there. In that case the police produced a journal from the student which detailed his deadly intent in no uncertain terms.

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Editorial: A contrarian's stand on the dairy crisis

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a commentary in today’s paper, Leicester resident and former organic dairy farmer James Maroney offers a harsh — and lengthy — critique of the conventional dairy industry in Vermont. Maroney has long been an outspoken critic of conventional dairy and has his share of critics who vehemently reject his arguments — as one might expect in a state in which dairy farming has long dominated the agriculture scene.

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Editorial: Does racial diversity panel follow common sense? No

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



The Vermont Senate recently passed legislation intended to “promote racial justice reform throughout the state by mitigating systemic racism in all systems of state government and crating a culture of inclusiveness.”

The legislation, S.281, would create a cabinet level position — the chief civil rights officer — and would be appointed by a five-person civil rights advisory panel. The position would be independent of the governor’s office.

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Editorial: A priceless civics lesson

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



A common lament among older generations (me included) is that schools these days don’t teach civics like they used to.

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Editorial: You can't make this stuff up

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



No doubt our current president is a political lightning rod for liberals and moderates like no other Republican we have seen in recent times (President Nixon was a close second, but that’s been 48 years). But it’s one thing to be viscerally abhorrent to political opponents; it’s quite another to be harshly criticized by members of your own political party. When that’s the case, the warning signs of a president who poses a threat to our society are magnified.

Here, then, are a few comments from some unlikely sources:

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Editorial: Marches protest gun violence, but why now?

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Middlebury, about 400 protesters for stricter gun control legislation, joined another 2,500 protesters in Montpelier, and hundreds of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and more than 800 other places around the country and world in mass marches against gun violence.

It’s a movement started by students and led by students around the country — a grassroots protest that has turned into one of the largest political movements the country has seen since the Vietnam War protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Editorial: A stark visual to dairy's reality

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The decline in the number of dairy farms in Vermont has been steady for the past 70 years, even as milk output increases and the economic contribution to the state remains significant. Perhaps because dairy remains an economic powerhouse in the farm sector, we Vermonters aren’t as concerned as we might be to the problems dairy farmers are facing today.

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Editorial: Uphill battle to come on gun-control bill

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont’s House of Representatives could vote on a significant gun-control bill as early as this Friday. That prospect follows narrow passage of S.55 by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. A less restrictive version of the bill had passed the Senate earlier this month, which means that if S.55 passes the full House, some version of the bill would likely be approved by the full Legislature and sent to Republican Gov. Phil Scott for his signature this session.

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Editorial: Gun control facts vs fiction

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



As the debate over gun control laws in Vermont heat up, let’s separate some facts from fiction.

• First, much of the debate about the Second Amendment is because of its relatively vague wording. The Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 

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