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Editorial: Impressive Skills
Students from St. Johnsbury Academy, Lyndon Institute and the North Country Career Center competed at the SkillsUSA state championship recently in Burlington. The two-day event is the state-level competition for public high school and college students enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service profession instructional programs.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Editorial: Couldn't Have Said It Any Better
Every now and again we get a letter that captures an issue perfectly. One such correspondence landed late last week from St. Johnsbury resident Mike Fortier. It will run in the "letters" section shortly. We think his take is astute enough to be worth repeating. Here's what he said:
Monday, April 14, 2014

Editorial: What's Behind The Quackenbush?
At a March 25 board of education meeting, Vermont Agency of Education official Deborah Quackenbush said the state might stop accepting third-party accreditation of independent schools. Quackenbush questions the quality of the process and said her bureaucracy can do a better job.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Editorial: F- For Burlington Schools
On Tuesday evening an auditor told Burlington residents that their school district racked up a $2.58 million deficit last year. The district is notorious for accumulating large deficits even in the face of seemingly inexhaustible taxpayer allocations.
Friday, April 11, 2014

Editorial: Minimum Wage Leadership
On Tuesday the Vermont House of Representatives voted 88-57 to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in January. At $8.73 an hour, Vermont's minimum wage is currently the third highest in the country.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Editorial: Line of Fire
On Sunday a Leicester man shot two Vermont State Troopers. The incident began at 3 in the morning when Timothy Foley, 47, went into his neighbor's house and shot 64-year-old Mahlon McCoy in the head. McCoy survived after his face was reconstructed at Fletcher Allen.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Editorial: Two Thumbs Up
Arts in St. Johnsbury hosted its first ever film slam, this weekend. According to Brendan Kozlowski's report, students from St. Johnsbury Academy, Lyndon Institute and Barnet School formed seven teams to compete in the 48-hour event.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Editorial: A Lavish House
The Vermont House sent its spending bill to the Senate last week, and it's an eye-popper.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Editorial: Constitutional Madness
In March Ben Sasse, a U.S. Senate Candidate, created a "Constitutional Madness" bracket. As a campaign gimmick, the Republican modelled the NCAA basketball tournament and created a field of 64 constitutional violations by Barack Obama.
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Editorial: Shunned For Leading
Vermont Representative Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, is being shunned by her fellow Democrats. The maverick legislator has raised her party's ire for asking Governor Peter Shumlin to comply with statutory requirements set forth in Act 48 - the single payer health care law.
Friday, April 4, 2014

Editorial: Swallowing Seniors
The Vermont Senate adopted a provision that should be of interest to Vermont seniors. Included in a bill on financing Green Mountain Care, it reads:
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Editorial: Shumlin Smack Talk
Some people are upset after this week over a Rolling Stone magazine feature article about heroin in Vermont. The report, "The New Face of Heroin," alters an idyllic syrup can illustration to feature a smack-shooting lumberjack.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Editorial: Lesson in Empathy
Last Monday, Kamryn Renfro was suspended from Caprock Academy in Colorado. Administrators told the third-grader that her shaved head violated their dress code, and that she could return to school when her hair grew back.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Editorial: Throwing Kids Under The Bus
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Vermont House rejected a measure "to provide public money for students in religious schools to participate in a dual enrollment program allowing high school students to enroll in some college courses."
Monday, March 31, 2014

Editorial: Vote Against Disfranchisement
On April 8, residents of Wheelock and Sheffield will vote for a second time on a school budget for Miller's Run School.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Editorial: Sad Day
Two Boston firefighters died in a fast-moving fire on Beacon Street, Wednesday.
Friday, March 28, 2014

Editorial: Problem With Deadlines
On Tuesday, Barack Obama announced that he was extending the March 31 enrollment deadline for ObamaCare. He said there was *suddenly* some demand and traffic on the federal website and Americans could use the "honor system" if they needed more time. It was unclear why the site couldn't handle web traffic.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Editorial: A-W-E-S-O-M-E
Last week fifth-grader Lucinda Storz won silver at the Vermont Spelling Bee. Storz, representing the Thaddeus Stevens School, went 26 rounds with the eventual champion - eighth grader Liam Lustberg from South Burlington.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Editorial: Cheering Impropriety
Late last week, Rep. Tess Taylor, majority whip in the Vermont House of Representatives, announced that she would resign her legislative post immediately to take a job as executive director of an organization to promote single-payer health care.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Editorial: Why Are Heating Bills Still So High?
In 2006 the legislature determined that Vermonters must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 25% below 1990 levels by Jan. 1, 2012, to combat "global warming."
Monday, March 24, 2014


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