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Editorial: The hardship is already here; now, what will Middlebury do?

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



With the recent news of two more businesses closing in Middlebury’s downtown, in the immediate vicinity of the construction zone, when is it time to recognize that the hardship that had been predicted is real and must be addressed before more businesses close? There are, after all, two and a half more years of intense construction still to go.

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Editorial: Gov. Scott's vetoes vs. leadership

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The standoff between Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont Legislature is seemingly over Scott’s campaign pledge not to pass any legislation that would raise more taxes. As a political sound-byte, that’s about as safe a proposition and campaign pledge any politician could make. But if maintaining a pledge to not raise taxes also means the governor will do nothing to address fundamental problems facing the state, is that the kind of leadership that helps or hurts?

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Guest editorial: The Vermont Senate's most shameful vote

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Stephen C. Terry



In the closing hours of the 2018 Legislative session on Saturday night, May 12, the Vermont Senate cast one of the most shameful votes I can ever recall in its decision to reject Karen O’Neill, Gov. Phil Scott’s nominee for the Vermont Labor Relations Board.

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Editorial: Cornwall church's plight is the town's plight as well

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The plight of the First Congregational Church in Cornwall should send warning signals throughout the county’s rural towns. Dwindling rural populations and a declining interest in religious services by younger generations has led to smaller congregations — sometimes so small that the closing of a church becomes a likelihood.

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Editorial: Rep. Welch slams farm bill

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Republicans in Congress said the tax cuts passed earlier this year would do great things for the economy and help individual Americans. While most Americans were opposed to it, Republicans nonetheless claimed it to be a huge accomplishment, and told us just to wait to see all the good that would come from it.

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Editorial: Gov. Scott's line in the sand

Posted on May 14, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Gov. Phil Scott’s line-in-the-sand mantra not to raise a single tax or a single fee has made politics in Vermont’s capital more strident, divisive and unruly. The irony is that the governor himself is mild-mannered, affable, pragmatic and someone who seems to get along with almost everyone.

But in this session he has become an ideologue who cleaves so closely to this one over-riding concern, that he has become unreasonable and close-minded.

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Editorial: A call-out to unsung heroes

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Rather than a commentary on a particular subject, for this editorial I’ll touch of a few items of special interest in today’s Addison Independent.

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Guest editorial: There's no education fund deficit

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Jack Hoffman



Pssst. Did you hear about the $60 million deficit in the Education Fund?

Guess what. It’s not true.

Given the headlines and news stories in recent weeks, Vermonters may be surprised to hear there is no deficit in the Education Fund. That’s because funding for schools—like funding for municipalities—doesn’t work like the state budget, and never has. Citizens vote directly on their school and municipal budgets. Their elected representatives vote on the state budget. That makes a big difference.

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Guest editorial: Robert Redford: Pruitt's biggest scandal

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Robert Redford



This week’s Community Forum is by Robert Redford, actor, director, producer and trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

President Donald trump should follow the suggestion of many — including some within his own party, and reportedly even his chief of staff — and replace Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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Editorial: Another reckless plan by Gov. Scott; a disappointing characteristic of his leadership

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Gov. Phil Scott and his administration either didn’t learn from last year’s last-minute political shenanigans or they are deliberately posing a veto showdown with the Democratically controlled Legislature because they think that’s how they can exert the most political leverage.

In either case, the tactics yield poor governance and a terrible way to exercise leadership.

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