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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 Out03/19/2015 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 yet03/19/2015 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 Schizophrenia03/12/2015 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 10203/03/2015 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 Meeting02/26/2015 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 Try02/17/2015 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 Your tax break or my expenditure02/09/2015 03:46 PM EST - Ordinarily, we're not fans of so-called "tax expenditures" — a slick way of describing tax breaks, deductions or exemptions enjoyed by certain groups of taxpayers. Tax expenditures are a backwards way of describing foregone income that would Full Story Science-Deniers02/04/2015 06:43 PM EST - Every now and then a true "no-brainer" floats across the radar screen that makes you shake your head in wonderment about how some people can be so willfully ignorant of or incapable of of acting intelligently on something that was definitively Full Story Interest into Action01/27/2015 09:18 PM EST - It's encouraging that so many organizations and groups of people are meeting, talking, discussing and thinking about how to market the Manchester and the Mountains region and therefore how to bring more economic activity into our area. Full Story