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Editorial: A splinter bedevils the $750 million deal to merge utilities

Posted on April 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Between and betwixt the complex merger of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service, a splinter of an issue is bedeviling the legislative leadership, the Shumlin administration and the Department of Public Service. The issue is a provision in a recent memorandum of understanding allowing the utilities to recapture a $21 million pledge to repay ratepayers through future rate hikes.

It’s an understandable oversight that needs a remedy.

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Editorial: Uproar over ban on plastic bags, expanded bottle bill befuddles

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When is enough debate enough, and when can common sense simply prevail without tipping off the lobbyists and setting up a battle within the state legislature? Both questions come to mind with respect to the two amendments added last week at the last minute to a bill that would establish “universal recycling of solid waste.”

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Editorial: Sheriff Jim Coons

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What may be most surprising about the story of Addison County Sheriff James Coons is that he did so much, so quietly.

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Around the Bend: Needed: Anti-embarrassment app

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend at a girls’ basketball tournament, I found myself in a public restroom with my 12-year-old daughter and some other moms and pre-teens. I washed my hands and waved them under the paper towel dispenser to trigger the sensor.

Nothing.

Wave, wave.

Nothing.

Frantic jazz-hands wave.

Still nothing.

My daughter groaned.

“It’s not that kind, Mom,” she said, rolling her eyes. “Just pull.”

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Clippings: Dead computer = thoughts on life

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



I knew the minute I heard the clicking noise that it was all over.

My computer had been acting up for a couple days, running the fan more than usual, opening applications slowly. Not one to lose faith in my appliances, I’d just ignored it and hoped the problem would resolve itself.

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Editorial: Dual enrollment? A slam dunk

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As state legislators and Vermont educators and school administrators discuss ways to improve school outcomes late in this legislative session, here are a few points to acknowledge:

• 60 percent of the jobs being created in the next decade will require a college degree;

• More than half of Vermonters over the age of 25 do not have a college degree;

• Many of Vermont’s most progressive employers can’t find enough employees with the skills they need to grow and succeed;

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Guest Editorial: Ms. Miller, utilities are right to stand up to demagoguery

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



In testimony before the full Senate, Department of Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller Thursday experienced the power of political demagoguery and learned how the appeal of writing checks to a few trumps policy that benefits the many. She must have walked away dispirited.

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Clippings: Walking a mile in another's reality

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For the past few weeks I’ve thought a lot about a twist on the popular saying, “don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.” The twist is this: After four weeks on crutches, I now better understand how it feels to be less than mobile.

Frankly, it’s not that easy to get around out there.

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Between the Lines: Doyle Poll: Hang up and get stoned?

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



“Legalize it!”

You don’t see that bumper sticker on many cars in Vermont. But support for the legalization of marijuana is close to a majority sentiment, if the results of a recent statewide poll are to be believed.

The state Legislature is still taking a very cautious course toward decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

But according to this year’s 42nd annual Town Meeting Day poll by Sen. Bill Doyle, a near majority of Vermonters favor not just decriminalizing marijuana, but legalizing it altogether.

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Guest Editorial: Even basketball is about the power of markets

Posted on April 9, 2012 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



John Calipari sits at the center of the sports world today. He’s the coach of the University of Kentucky basketball team that won the NCAA title last night against the Kansas Jayhawks.

His team was not only the better team, but it was a team made up of sophomores and freshmen, and Mr. Calipari expects that most of them will not play for the university another season. They will be top draft picks for the NBA.

It’s about the money. Tons of it.

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