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The advantage to Vermonters of the sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar can be summed up this way: sooner rather than later.As early as 2021, NorthStar, would begin a decade's worth of decommissioning. By comparison, the original decommissioning plan … more
Here's a capsule history of the fitful advance of parental choice in education in Vermont.1869 — The landmark Act 9 allows towns without secondary schools to tuition pupils to public and independent schools. 1990 — The 1869 tuition law … more
I'm typically not the "I told you so" kind of person ... but, I told you so!I could see this one coming a mile away. He hadn't even lost the popular vote yet and I could see that he was trying to work and control the message (something that a true … more
"But Mom, I don't like peas," said my five-year-old self to my mother. "Eat them anyway," came her response. "But Mom, they don't taste good," I pleaded, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a sympathy thrust of her own: "Be thankful you … more
By Chelsey GallupThe Affordable Care Act has been riddled with controversy ever since it was passed in 2009.Conservatives have been concerned with the new taxes, fees, and regulations set forth by the plan, and liberals have been concerned with the … more
It's hard to believe that Town Meeting Week is right around the corner! As a result, the reality of "crossover" is looming on everyone's horizon, which creates a certain sense of urgency in our various committees. This year, crossover will be the … more
Immigration has always played a vital role in Vermont's history. First, the long-established Native American population was joined by the English — the first European immigrants, who established forts and then settled along the valley of the … more
By Michelle StephensI sat down to write this week's column. I propped my very pregnant body up with a few pillows and opened my laptop. I connected to our wifi and logged into my Google Docs account. The blank document and blinking cursor held so … more
The emergence of interfaith gatherings and coalitions working together to address the complex issues of these times is a hopeful sign for humanity. It is especially significant to note that the spirit of compassion and mutual respect are sparks that … more
From Rep. David Deen: Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife committee is working on a dam safety bill that will create a registry of dams and put dam safety engineering review all in one agency, The Department on Environmental Conservation instead of … more
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