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Editorial: Mueller's report: Why should we care?

Posted on April 22, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



We would bet that four days after the release of the 448-page Mueller Report, most of our readers haven’t glanced at the document itself. No surprise.

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Opinion: Self-perpetuating nonprofit boards need oversight

Posted on April 22, 2019 |
By Matt Krauss



In 2018, Seven Days ran a series of articles regarding nonprofit organizations. They did a great service explaining to Vermonters how large the Vermont nonprofit sector has become, their CEO salaries, etc. Unfortunately, I believe they may have missed an important story.

They could have focused upon the large, self-perpetuating nonprofit boards that hire and oversee the CEOs, set their salaries, determine the nonprofit’s policies, and make the real decisions.

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Letter to the editor: Pool World at risk of closing its Middlebury doors

Posted on April 22, 2019 |
By Randy Colomb



I work at Pool World and will have worked for our owner and founder Tom Booska for 47 years this May 10. Presently I manage the Middlebury location with Nick Tonzola, who has worked with me since our moving there in 1995. Two years ago we added another full-time employee, Rinda Stokes. Each season we also hire seasonal employees.

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Editorial: Sharing thoughts on Notre Dame

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



As fire engulfed the 800-year-old oaken roof of Paris’s iconic Notre-Dame cathedral this Monday, the world seemed to stand still for a few moments as so many watched a world treasure erupt in flames. When the cherished 295-foot wooden spire toppled, crashing through the cathedral’s roof, audible gasps could be heard from the crowds of onlookers in Paris, and most likely wherever else anyone was watching around the world.

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Opinion: Business owners back wage hike

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Sivan Cotel and Sam Hooper



The Vermont legislature has spent considerable time over the past two years evaluating legislation that will raise Vermont’s minimum wage to $15/hour. The current bill being considered would increase the minimum wage incrementally to $15 by 2024. On the national level, there is also a push to double the federal minimum wage to bring it up to $15/hour.

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Ways of Seeing by Rebecca Kneale Gould: Hope springs eternal from peepers

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Rebecca Kneale Gould



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Last week I was poking around a vernal pool in Massachusetts when I heard a late-afternoon sound that I ache to hear every early spring. It was the first few peeps of the spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer for the budding naturalists among you).

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Greg Dennis: Choices for the desert island list

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Greg Dennis



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If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what would you want to take with you?

BBC Radio has been asking that question for nearly 80 years. The show’s guests, known as “castaways,” are interviewed about what eight pieces of music, along with one book and one luxury item, they would choose to accompany them should they be banished to their own personal Elba.

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Eric Davis: Democrats must expand electoral base

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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The Electoral College has recently been the subject of considerable debate and discussion among presidential candidates and newspaper op-ed writers. Regardless of one’s views on the merits of the Electoral College, it does provide the rules under which the 2020 campaign will be conducted, and an advantage to President Trump’s bid for re-election.

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Victor Nuovo: John Adams on government

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor's note: This is the 14th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.

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Letter to the editor: Carbon dividend law could work

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Jon Andrews



If you’re concerned about climate change, then there’s something you can do right now to fight it: write to Rep. Peter Welch and ask him to cosponsor H.R. 763, The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. This bill seeks to create a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend program like the one recommended in the bipartisan Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends published in the Wall Street Journal on January 17 — the largest public statement of economists in history, with 3,508 signers from across the political spectrum.

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