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Editorial: Public outrage puts primary system in the crosshairs

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That Americans are upset with the way delegates are counted in each party’s presidential primaries might be one of the understatements of the year. Voters are livid, and rightfully so. After all, when a candidate wins 55 percent of the vote in a state and splits the delegates equally, voters supporting the winner should be surprised, if not outraged. That is the case with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., when he took Wyoming by that margin last Saturday and yet basically split the delegate allocation with rival Hillary Clinton.

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Editorial: Act 46 and school choice: What's real vs. 'the clamor'

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By Rebecca Holcombe



Statewide, about 80 percent of our children live in communities that educate their children in schools that they operate at all grade levels. These schools include small town elementary schools, and both town-based high schools and larger union high schools. These larger union schools — like Rivendell, CVU and North Country — were created when smaller communities came together to provide greater opportunities for their children.

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Editorial: No smoking until you're 21? It's logical, but let's first define personal responsibility

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



Let’s define adulthood and just what it means in the context of legislative law.

Under most definitions of the law, at 18-years-olds are considered adults. You can legally marry; join the military and go off to war; many banks will allow you to get a loan to buy a house or other major purchases, like buying a car (if you have adequate equity and income); and, at present, you can smoke cigarettes.

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Editorial: Why are special ed needs so high? We don't know

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont, we are told, has the nation’s highest per-capita rate of students who receive special education services because of emotional needs. The reasons vary, but they include things like poverty, substance abuse and homelessness.

When you talk to educators, they will tell you they have never seen things as bad as they are now, and they are referring to classroom behavior, which is a reflection of what the students experience at home.

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Editorial: Spitting into the wind?

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a keynote speech Monday night honoring the winner of a journalistic prize for investigative reporting, President Barack Obama used the occasion to encourage the media to rise to “higher aspirations” in its political coverage, while lamenting the “divisive and vulgar” state of American politics.

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Editorial: Bernie's delegate math

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders won 128 delegates in the past six states holding either a primary or caucus, compared to 75 delegates for Sen. Hillary Clinton. And that includes Clinton’s much-ballyhooed win of Arizona. Arizona did have the most delegates at stake in the March 22 primary election, but of those 74 delegates, Bernie won 30.

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Editorial: Porter's golden goose; plus how a $11 million deficit can yield a $3.7 million surplus

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



Ask the average bloke on the street what they know about Porter Hospital’s finances and chances are they would say Porter is close to failing and they heard something about the hospital losing $11 million in the past four years. “Wowza,” they might add. “How can the hospital stay open with that much red ink? Better cut expenses and fast!”

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Editorial: Rapid-fire changes at Porter done; let the healing begin

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a rare move at Porter Medical Center, the medical staff last Tuesday cast a vote of no-confidence in Porter’s CEO, Lynn Boggs, and delivered that decision on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, Boggs had graciously submitted her resignation and the board promptly named Fred Kniffin, MD, to step in as interim CEO.

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Editorial: Ain't no denying climate change around here

Posted on March 20, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



While some conservatives continue to deny climate change, most Vermonters believe in what they see, and know that it’s getting warmer out there.

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Editorial: Why Democrats need Bernie

Posted on March 16, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



After Tuesday’s primary wins in four states and a dead-heat in Missouri, Hillary Clinton made big strides in her push to claim the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. But Clinton’s campaign did the Democratic Party a disservice when campaign manager Robby Mook suggested in a memo to supporters that Clinton’s “pledged delegate lead is so significant that even a string of victories by Sen. Sanders over the next few weeks would have little impact.”

That’s a disservice for several reasons:

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