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    Our Opinion: Tale of Two Vermonts

    04/14/2015 01:43 PM EDT
    Vermont is a pretty small state, compared to most of the others. We edge out Rhode Island in terms of square miles, and are roughly similar to New Hampshire, but that's about it. Which makes it all the more surprising that one corner of Vermont 
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    A Good Start
    04/06/2015 12:18 PM EDT - You can't have it both ways. Vermonters who are feeling the heat of painfully high and unsustainable property tax bills, sooner or later, will have accept there's a price to be paid for stabilizing and if possible, reducing them. Full Story

    Structural Deficit Requires Structural Reform
    04/01/2015 06:10 PM EDT - Last week was a difficult and dramatic week at Vermont's Statehouse, where the General Assembly voted through a $1.475 billion General Fund budget that calls for raising about $35 million in new taxes and fees. Full Story

    Existential Threats
    03/25/2015 02:58 PM EDT - While Vermont wrestles with closing a massive budgetary shortfall, and local communities grapple with an array of issues and questions; some familiar, some not, those problems get put in their proper perspective when considering the volatile and Full Story

    Zoning In and Out
    03/19/2015 11:51 AM EDT - The Dorset Select Board has arrived, we think, at a good place when it comes to the controversial and tricky subject of overhauling the town's zoning regulations. Never a simple subject, and one certain to result in a less than unanimous agreement Full Story

    Gun sense? Not yet
    03/19/2015 11:51 AM EDT - Sen. John Campbell of Windsor County is lengths ahead so far in this still-young legislative session for the "Profile in Courage" award for his support of gun legislation that would have required some common sense background checks for private gun Full Story

    03/12/2015 02:15 PM EDT - There's a fascinating schizophrenia prevailing in Vermont these days about education and how to finance it. On the one hand, we care a lot — and we should — about educating the state's (fewer and fewer) youngsters. Full Story

    Marketing 102
    03/03/2015 09:50 PM EST - Conventional wisdom has it that if you don't have a controversial item on your town warning, attendance may suffer. Such was the case last Saturday, at Manchester's municipal floor meeting, when a crowd that was roughly half that of last year's Full Story

    Town Meeting
    02/26/2015 11:14 AM EST - Town meeting remains one of the best examples of citizen-driven, grass roots democracy we have, in a world increasingly driven by de-personalized social media when it comes to social and political discourse. Full Story

    Worth A Try
    02/17/2015 10:10 AM EST - When an issue keeps resurfacing, that should be a tip-off that there's an underlying problem that isn't fixing itself. Such would seem to be the case with the question of open flags or signage design parameters being brought to the attention of town Full Story

    Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof — until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field. Full Story
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin finalize 'uncoupling' with divorce

    The actress and Coldplay frontman reportedly let their business managers negotiate the divorce settlement details.