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Editorial: Visa program is effective way to create jobs in rural Vt.

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



There are few things less understood and less intuitive than the EB-5 program that continues to add the growth essential to the prosperity of Jay Peak and the surrounding environs of Franklin and Orleans counties, as well as projects in Addison County and throughout rural Vermont.

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Guest editorial: School consolidation plan less effective if it is voluntary

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



If the education reform bill passed by the House is what is eventually approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor, Vermont will have made some significant progress in the march toward a more efficient, less costly education system. It will also put us in the position of being able to use our resources to improve educational outcomes.

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Opinion: Writer's criticism failed to recognize the big picture

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Wayne Michaud



I am writing in response to Rustan Swenson’s letter in the April 13 edition, “PSB has licensed the desecration of Green Mountains.” Mr. Swenson sounds off on what he sees as the destruction of the Green Mountains and of Vermont’s landscape, blaming it on the PSB’s granting of solar installations, fracked gas pipelines, and presumably industrial wind towers on ridgelines (though wind by name is never mentioned) mainly by out-of-state or foreign corporations in the name of renewable energy.

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Opinion: Racial profiling is occurring, and it must be stopped

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Emmy Campbell and Katelyn Benson



Unfortunately, lots of people of different ethnicities in our state of Vermont are racially profiled at least once in their life, creating horrible memories.

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Opinion: Repeat offenders in Vermont avoid strict punishment

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Jonathan and Tracy Himmel Isham



Last week, a drunk driver killed a beloved community member. Readers of this newspaper know that repeat violators rarely face the kind of strict punishment that would deter them from jumping behind the wheel when they are drunk and/or have no license. Your April 1, 2015, Superior Court Log included the following:

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Eric Davis: Sanders could spoil Clinton's plans for Vt.

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that she is a candidate for president in 2016. How is Clinton likely to fare in Vermont, in both the March Democratic Primary and the November General Election?

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Opinion: Greg's will be missed by many

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Myrdith McKinley and Teresa Churchill



The closing of Greg’s Meat Market has saddened us very much, having shopped at the store since he opened it in 1981.

All the employees who have worked for Greg are to be commended for their dedication and loyalty and have become dear friends to both of us.

Greg’s Market provided a service to the community in delivering groceries to shut-ins and the elderly. This was a special service which will not be provided by the other grocery stores.

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Opinion: Carbon tax good for Vermonters

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Spencer Putnam



An unusual new tax is under discussion in Montpelier right now. It’s unusual because the proceeds will go right back into the pockets of Vermonters. And it’s unusual because the sponsors would be happy if you did everything possible to avoid paying this tax.

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Opinion: Young residents key to Vermont's solar future

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Emily McManamy



When my husband and I were house hunting in 2010, Starksboro was not on ourradar. We were young 20-somethings on the hunt for an affordable propertyin Chittenden County unaware of Addison County’s rural charm. As nativeVermonters, we craved space, peace and quiet and hunted for the progressive,inventive ethic we enjoyed from our college years in Boston. And that’s howwe found Starksboro.

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