Joseph Blanchette: When will Montpelier admit they were wrong?

Breakdowns have characterized our experience with Vermont Health Connect ever since we signed up for the state-run health plan last December.

Rich Nadworny: Adventures in campaign finance land

The NO campaign had not filed a campaign finance report. This seemed odd to me.

Meredith Angwin: Why electric rates are rising

New England electricity is too dependent upon natural gas-fired power plants. And we are about to pay a lot for that dependence.

Suzi Wizowaty: Pointing the finger

We are all responsible for the over-incarceration of our citizens that has resulted in out-of-state placements in for-profit prisons.

Jeff Danziger: The paper business

No one should be surprised if the publisher of the Burlington Free Press leaves the newspaper business for the paper tablecloth and funny hat business.

Poor Elijah’s Almanack: First, do no harm

Several studies have recently concluded that the teacher professional development we’re subjected to typically has “minimal to no effects on boosting student achievement,” even when it involves “a lot of hours of training and follow-up.”

Willem Post: Biodiesel from sunflowers in Vermont — another RE folly?

As part of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative, Green Mountain Power hopes to reduce consumer costs, CO2 emissions and other pollutants. It has teamed up with several “pioneering” farmers who grow sunflowers.

Tom Pelham: Don’t wait until after the election

The key question before Vermonters this election season is can our legislative leaders and governor change their ways and chart a course of sustainable spending.

Jack Hoffman: State policy choices make a difference

Jon Margolis did a nice job of popping some campaign balloons earlier this week with his column about the Vermont economy.

Bill Schubart: Will free-market capitalism survive our abuse of it?

Conservatives believe it suffers from too much regulation and taxation, while liberals believe it needs more of both.

Elizabeth Courtney: A warning from the future

The year is 2393 and the writer is a scholar from the Second People’s Republic of China, documenting — on its 300th anniversary — the history of the Great Collapse.

Viki Williams: Take the money and run

With warp-speed competitive zeal a 1% band of investors, developers and manufacturers is very busy blanketing the landscape of Vermont with solar fields.

Peter Sterling: Single-payer a true solution

Simply throwing more of our tax dollars for increased payments to hospitals and health care providers is like painting over the rusty spots on your car so it can pass inspection.

Steve Dale: South Burlington School Board leading critical conversation

It was entirely appropriate for the South Burlington board to offer an alternative health insurance package in an effort to curb increases in property tax rates.

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