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Editorial: Trump creates another crisis

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



For the past several weeks, the president has been goading the House into filing impeachment proceedings against him, believing that the move would be unpopular among a majority of Americans and would help galvanize his supporters — and, besides, it’s fairly certain that the Senate under Sen. Mitch McConnell would never buckle to that outcome despite all the evidence to the contrary and that the courts will eventually rule in his favor.

So why not force the issue?

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Legislative review: Statehouse action is picking up

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Rep. Mari Cordes



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Greetings, everyone! Things are starting to move fast in the statehouse. Here’s an update on some (certainly not all) of the action.

S.169, An act relating to firearms procedures, establishes a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of handguns (not long guns). It is a compromise between proponents and opponents of firearm restrictions. It is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.

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Ways of Seeing by Ruth Farmer: Thoughts about recapturing wonder

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Ruth Farmer



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Jessie Raymond: Me and my computer, groaning and whining

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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In case you were worried, my computer is fine.

This is not a tale of sudden tragedy in which, for example, my PC crashes and I lose a year’s worth of business records because my rewritable CD backup fails. (That was almost 20 years ago. The recurring nightmares have all but stopped.)

But the computer I have now is old. How old? No idea. I don’t remember where I bought it, or when. I don’t think we owned it when we last moved, 13 years ago, but I can’t be sure. Maybe it came with the house.

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Victor Nuovo: Federalism offers check on mankind

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.

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Letter to the editor: Time to update redeemable law

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By Spencer Putnam



It always give me a lift in early May to see Vermonters cleaning up their roadsides on Green Up Day. Most of us really do care about the appearance of our state. On the other hand, it would be nice if we did not have to clean up after those that don’t.

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Letter to the editor: ACSD statistics are questionable

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By John Wetzel



In response to Angelo Lynn’s April 25th editorial, I must respectfully take issue with many of the points made. I will not go through all of them, but will select a few to make a point. For one, many of the charts and numbers presented need to be questioned for accuracy.

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Editorial: Gov. faces minimum-wage dilemma

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



Here’s the dilemma for Gov. Phil Scott as Vermont’s Legislature prepares to send him a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024: the legislation helps those workers who need the most help, yet would likely hurt key sectors of the economy causing Vermont to lose more jobs.

For a governor who has made growing jobs and creating a business-friendly environment two of his primary goals, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour doesn’t fit those objectives.

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Opinion: Gun waiting period would spare domestic violence survivors

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Karen Tronsgard-Scott



Vermont has an ugly secret. In our picturesque villages, our quaint downtowns and our larger neighborhoods grim scenes of domestic violence are occurring. It is all too easy to think that this grotesque violence doesn’t exist in our beautiful state. But behind too many closed doors, victims are suffering from emotional, economic and physical abuse. After a beloved state worker was murdered last year by her ex-boyfriend, Vermont’s Public Safety Commissioner called domestic violence “a disturbing trend in the state.” Indeed, the trend is disturbing. And deadly.

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