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Community Forum: Porter Medical Center official expresses optimism

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Maureen McClaughlin



The future of Porter Medical Center has never been brighter.

That is a very broad, potentially provocative, statement — especially in light of all of the recent changes, challenges and difficult decisions our community has been hearing about. Nevertheless, it is a statement that is embraced by the Porter Medical Center Board of Directors, and one which we believe truly characterizes our board’s belief and commitment to the future of the organization.

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Opinion: Act 46 isn't progress for schools

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Robert Bernstein



Act 46 of 2015, the school consolidation law, is a mistake.

Brought into being first by legislators responsible for school funding who perceived constituent discontent with school financing, it does little or nothing to solve funding problems which will, shortly, be headlines again, as they have always been.

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Editorial: Komline's beef with sick leave is all politics, not defending small business

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Of the issues facing Vermont’s Legislature this session, the opposition to a modest paid sick leave bill for Vermont businesses has been overplayed by a handful of Republicans seeking to “protect” small businesses against the rule of big government.

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Opinion: Rikert a jewell for Nordic skiers

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Bill McKibben



One small Addison County miracle that readers might not be aware of: The Nordic skiing up at Bread Loaf/Rikert Nordic Center is quite wonderful.

Despite the worst winter in living memory, Mike Hussey and his crew have managed to keep five kilometers of beautiful groomed snow alive through the droughts and rains, which means that our impressive high schoolers and Bill Koch League kids and the dynamic college team have been able to keep skiing, and the rest of us too.

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Clippings: Focusing on a new stage in life

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Trent Campbell



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Eric L. Davis: State's primary could miss the mark

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Eric L Davis



The rules used by both Vermont political parties to allocate national convention delegates could result in delegations that do not reflect the preferences of the voters in the March 1 Vermont primary.

Vermont sends 16 delegates to the Republican National Convention. If one candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote — an unlikely outcome, considering the number of Republican candidates — that candidate wins all 16 delegates. Otherwise, the delegates are divided proportionally among all candidates with at least 20 percent of the primary vote.

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Opinion: Residents need say on Anbaric

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By George Jaeger



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Opinion: Use Act 250 for energy projects

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Charles Kelly



The guest editorial posted Jan. 28, 2016, “Give Vermonters a voice in siting solar and wind projects,” by Emerson Lynn of the St. Albans Messenger, identified some of the reasons why Vermonters see this rapid solar energy expansion with a good deal of skepticism. Trust would be restored in part if legislators recognized the public’s desire to follow the full Act 250 process.

Some unanswered concerns that come to mind:

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Opinion: Education reform: Kids first

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Shap Smith



The first major hurdle of the 2016 legislative session was resolved Saturday when lawmakers approved a tweak to the cost containment threshold in Act 46, last year’s education governance reform bill. The debate echoed many familiar conversations about our school system. There were speeches about declining enrollment, property taxes and the relationship between state and local government. But what made the 2016 debate remarkable was that many lawmakers discussed the state’s educational system without ever mentioning how our decisions impact Vermont kids.

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Opinion: Anti-abortion pamphlet raised re-traumatization risk

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Haley Renwick



While the Vermont Right to Life Committee (VRLC) distributed a pamphlet about the “science behind the preborn” through the Addison Independent, I would like to take space to open the dialogue about the science behind re-traumatization. I hope that in writing this, I can clarify how access to reproductive choice impacts people who have experienced dating, domestic and/or sexual violence.

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