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Guest Editorial: UVM's 40 percent rule 'is a policy relic that does harm'

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont touts itself as a state whose commitment to education has no equal. That is a half-truth.  We do well with grades PreK-12. Nationally, no state’s commitment is our equal.  When it comes to higher education, we fail. Nationally, all states do more to support higher education than does Vermont.

As the economy becomes more dependent on a highly educated workforce, this lack of commitment poses obvious warnings. 

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Opinion: Important early-age childcare deserves to be funded

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Sarah Rougier



As a parent and child care center director, I understand the challenges Vermont parents face in finding high-quality care for their children. We know every child deserves a strong start to life. The first 5 years provide the best opportunity to support their healthy development, laying the foundation for life.

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Community forum: Examining divide within Islam

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Haviland Smith



How many readers remember the old saw that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”? And isn’t that the truth! Well, a senior United States government official has recently reported that Iran is the greatest supporter of terrorism in the world.

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Opinion: Defeated board candidate grateful

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Gary Baker



Thanks to the voters who gave me your support in my latest selectboard election run.

I am grateful to have been part of town government during the new town hall and recreation center project that we have waited 50 years for. I intend to continue serving my town in whatever capacity the new board thinks appropriate.

Gary Baker

Middlebury

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Opinion: Selectman thankful for his support

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



I want to thank the voters of Middlebury for electing me to a three-year term on the selectboard. I am grateful for your vote and honored by it, and I will do my very best to serve you and to promote the best interests of our town.

Victor Nuovo

Middlebury

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Opinion: Water is running, so is the oil

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By John Slade



Ripton, Vermont

February 25, 2016

 

Forty-seven degrees up in the forested hills of Ripton,

Light rain. 

A few minutes of distant lightning and thunder.

The ice on the driveway is rotten, melted here and there down to the gravel.

The snow in the woods is virtually gone.

Virtually gone.

While the stream that usually gurgles as it runs near the house

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Editorial: Bernie's not-so-bad Tuesday

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



America, Feel the Bern.

Hillary, certainly, is feeling the heat. Consider that if Sen. Sanders had collected an additional half percentage point in Massachusetts he would have won five primaries to Clinton’s six on a day that heavily favored Clinton’s strongest base of support. But for that half percentage point, the headlines would have been dramatically different.

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Editorial: Revolution in our schools?

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



While Vermont’s junior senator Bernie Sanders is proclaiming a political revolution in his race for the Democratic presidential nomination, a quieter revolution is underway within Vermont’s schools. Act 46, passed last spring, is changing how our schools operate, hopefully for the better. The first step is unified governance, which was recently embraced by three area school districts, but that could be just the tip of the iceberg.

One perspective of that story can be viewed through the lens of the Leicester Elementary School.

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Clippings: Fear and the return to running

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



On the morning of Jan. 31, I was in Marlboro, in southern Vermont, drinking tea with my parents in their living room. Conversation was halting and interspersed with tears and bursts of laughter. On the floor in front of us lay the family dog, wrapped in the blanket that was to be her funeral shroud. She had died early that morning.

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Legislative Review: Many bills in Legislative pipeline

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



We are at the midway point in this year’s legislative session. Two major bills have passed the House and Senate. One is Senate bill S.233 that amended Act 46, last year’s education measure. The second is House bill H.187, legislation that requires all Vermont businesses to have paid sick leave for their employees.

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