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Editorial: Statistics can tell the story

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Sometimes statistics do tell the story.

According to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, mid- to lower-class Vermonters took it on the chin between 2008-2010.

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Editorial: A sobering assessment

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Looking ahead to the presidential election in 2012, it’s difficult for many of us in Vermont to believe that any of the Republican candidates we’ve seen so far have a message Americans want to follow. President Obama, while taking a beating in national polls right now, still stands a good chance of being re-elected — right?

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Editorial: Paranoia of terrorism causes U.S. to spend needless billions

Posted on September 26, 2011 |
By Haviland Smith



In retrospect, It would be fascinating, and probably terrifying, to know even roughly what amount of money and resources it took for this country to prepare for the tenth anniversary of 9/11

Unfortunately, although there has been vast media coverage of the massive security measures undertaken for 9/11, no one seems to be looking at it in terms of the extent of vulnerability in which these knee-jerk measures leave the nation and the further economic drain that they place on our economy.

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Clippings: Pour your soul into it, keep it light and chatty

As an editor, I’ve had the responsibility from time to time to teach a cub reporter how to write a column. It comes so naturally to me that at first I hardly know what to tell them.

“You, er, have to have an idea … um, or not ...

“Just start typing, but remember, any old gibberish won’t do — it’s got to be the right gibberish.

“Pour your soul into it, and keep it light and chatty.”

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Around the bend: Separating the beans from the chaff

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



I work with a good bunch of people, but sometimes I get the feeling they’re a little, well, out of touch.

Last Monday a few of us were standing around the coffee pot chitchatting about how we had spent our respective weekends.

“I went to my daughter’s soccer game Saturday,” said one person.

“My wife and I went out to dinner Friday night,” said another.

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Between the Lines: Human folly? There's a code for that

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Greg Dennis



Human folly? There’s a code for that

 

A key premise of Vermont’s admirable attempt to institute single-payer health care is that it will rationalize an often irrational system. With smart people like Gov. Peter Shumlin and local House Rep. Mike Fisher leading the charge, maybe it will.

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Guest editorial: A daunting task requires action equal to the challenge

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



There are countless benefits being conducted in Vermont on behalf of those affected by Tropical Storm Irene, and they are raising significant amounts of money. Last weekend’s Phish concert in Essex Junction raised $1.2 million on behalf of the state’s disaster relief fund. In Waitsfield, a solo concert by Grace Potter being hosted by Sugarbush Resort is expected to raise $350,000 for a local relief effort in the Mad River Valley. Similar events are happening in central and southern Vermont with each passing week.

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Editorial: Give to have a 'perfect' day

Posted on September 19, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



This Thursday and Saturday, about 600 volunteers will fan out across the county in the annual Days of Caring event that launches the fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Addison County. The goal remains the same, $775,000, as it has been over the past couple of years, but the challenges are bigger than ever: on top of a lackluster economy that has yet to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-08, are disaster relief efforts to help those individuals and communities devastated by the flooding of Tropical Storm Irene.

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