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Opinion: Gruber flawed, but helped many

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Chuck Gregory



Valerie Mullin (“Deception used for single payer,” Nov. 27) gives your readers a wedgie.

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Community Forum: School spending must change

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

We recently released an estimate that property taxes used to pay for public school education will increase once again this year to pay for a projected increase in school spending. While this year’s projected property tax increase of around two cents is half of last year’s, it is hardly good news. We all know that rising property taxes to fund education have put an unsustainable burden on Vermonters.

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Guest editorial: Lawmakers must act after court's ruling on prison suit

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Michael Carpenter is a Vermont inmate judged as a habitual offender and he was one of the 500 or so prisoners the state sends to out-of-state prisons. Today, he is back in Vermont.

He is back because he won his lawsuit against the state. He contended that his constitutional rights were violated and Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor agreed. She ruled he was denied equal protection under the Constitution.

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Opinion: It's not smart to put the economy ahead of protecting climate

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Heidi Willis



In the guest editorial in the Nov. 24 edition of this paper, Emerson Lynn scoffs at the recent launch of an effort to introduce a carbon tax. The tax, he says, will stunt economic growth and affirm Vermont as an expensive place to live. He does acknowledge that a carbon tax would be an effective way to reduce fossil fuel use and address climate change. But economic growth and job creation is more important than addressing climate change, in his view.

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Community Forum: Make your invisible shared water resources visible

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By David Brynn



This week’s writer is Bristol resident David Brynn, the Executive Director of Vermont Family Forests who for this piece described himself as “Commoner, Little Otter Creek Catchment, NW Addison County, Vermont, USA.”

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Clippings: Thanksgiving traditions go way back

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Trent Campbell



It is generally accepted that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims. We know they invited the local Wampanoag to join them. And we also know that turkey was on the menu. What is less known is that a couple of modern Thanksgiving traditions are actually rooted in that long-ago meal.

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Eric Davis: Milne hoping for instant-runoff win

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



For the third time in 12 years, Vermont’s Legislature will elect the governor in January, because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Vermont is the only state in the nation where the Legislature can elect the governor. This provision has been in the Vermont Constitution for over 200 years.

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Opinion: Acts 248 and 250 need local input

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Paul Stone



Tom Denecker, Denecker Chevrolet, has withdrawn his Act 250 application to build a new car store at the corner of routes 22A and 7 in Ferrisburgh, per the Addison Independent, Nov. 20. Apparently he saw no hope of a permit in the face of opposition from the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, the Agency of Natural Resources, and Vermont Natural Resources Council. The application process was overwhelming and not worth the expense and the fight, per Denecker.

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Community Forum: 'Small Business Saturday' looms

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Shawn Shouldice



This week’s writer is Shawn Shouldice of Montpelier, state director of the Vermont chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The campaign to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving started in 2010 as an effort to give small businesses — many struggling to get out of the red after a long recession — a much-needed shot in the arm. Since then, it has become a powerful movement to give back to the brick-and-mortar establishments that line our Main Streets and keep our communities vibrant.

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Opinion: Deception used for single-payer

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Valerie Mullin



Some are trying to change the discussion from what we think of what Mr. Gruber has said vs. what he is doing. Vermont Democrat Rep. Browning has been championing the lead to have Gov. Shumlin show Vermonters the plan of how we’re to pay for single payer health insurance.

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