If the project is built, the company is proposing to give $900 a year to property owners.
Jon Margolis is VTDigger's columnist. He is the author of The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, left the Chicago Tribune early in 1995 after 23 years as Washington correspondent, sports writer, correspondent-at-large and general columnist. Margolis spent most of his Tribune years in the Washington Bureau as the newspaper’s chief national political correspondent. In 1988, he was a one of the journalists asking questions of Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle in their televised vice presidential debate. Before joining the Tribune in 1973, Margolis had been the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday. He was the first reporter on the scene of the Attica prison rebellion in 1971, and spent the entire first night inside the prisoner-held “D” yard. Earlier, Margolis was a reporter for the Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J.; the Miami Herald and the Concord Monitor (N.H.). In addition to The Last Innocent Year, published by William Morrow in 1999, he is the author of How To Fool Fish With Feathers: An Incompleat Guide to Fly Fishing (Simon and Schuster, 1991) and The Quotable Bob Dole — Witty, Wise and Otherwise, (Avon Books, 1995). He also wrote two chapters of Howard Dean: A citizens Guide to the Man Who Would be President (Steerforth, 2003). A native of New Jersey, Margolis graduated from Oberlin College in 1962. He served in the US Army.
In a new report, called the Opportunity Index, that rates equality of opportunity, Vermont ranks No. 1.
Sanders could but raise the flag of the populist wing of the Democratic Party, the faction most concerned about growing economic inequality.
This shutdown is an attempt to subvert constitutional democracy. Some of us who knew him suspect that Ronald Reagan would not have approved.
The moral superiority of those who shout NIMBY over those at whom they shout is … well, it isn’t. Both are equally self-interested.
The Shumlin administration’s desire to reduce mileage reimbursement to state workers comes not without costs.
Vermonters are pro-wind. Lawmakers, accurately reflecting the views of their constituents, have made support for wind power the policy of the state. The Public Service Board is following that policy. When it comes to approving wind projects in Vermont, the fix is in.
One need not be an Ayn Randian libertarian to wonder whether, in a market economy, the market couldn’t do a perfectly good job of regulating barbers and beauticians without the accursed government butting in.
Nutmeg state halts purchase of so-called Renewable Energy Credits, claiming Vermont double counts its alternative energy efforts.
One reason local residents seem to “have accepted the original deal,” as Sen. John Rodgers put it, is that almost none of the dire predictions of those who opposed the 1998 transaction have come to pass.
In pursuing the land deal with Dodge, the governor wasn’t being monstrous as much as he was being foolish.
“Too much money” certainly does not seem to be the problem in Vermont, where only candidates for governor spend a lot of money …