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Ron Pulcer: Candidate websites – the good, the OK and the non-existent

How well do their websites or social media sites perform or provide useful information to voters and constituents?

Cyrus Patten: A vote for reform is a vote for our public education system

The buzz is building around the need to reform Vermont’s education system and for good reason.

Kevin Mullin: A pipeline to a bridge fuel

The discovery of vast gas fields in Pennsylvania over the past decade gives us a rich source for gas less than 400 miles from many points in our state. But moving the gas those 400 miles is a challenge.

Neil Brandt: Research was mischaracterized in Whitworth commentary

While I’m flattered that Mr. Whitworth chose to cite my research in his writing, I would have appreciated being contacted so I might provide some answers and insight about the findings.

Lyman Conger: Government debt out of control

On Oct 9, the U.S. debt clock showed the per taxpayer federal debt to be $152,900 and increasing.

John Sales: America is mismanaging energy

Liquid fluoride thorium reactors are inherently safe, have way less waste and shorter toxicity. We have a thousand years’ supply.

Rebecca Jones: Considering health and climate change together

Consider the following ways climate change is making us sick: temperature-related illness and death; extreme-weather effects; air pollution; water-borne and food-borne diseases; food and water shortages; emotional impacts from both the weather disasters and the long-term outlook of climate change.

Rob Roper: Medicare’s future in Vermont: What does single payer intend?

There is some confusion out there, particularly among seniors, about what will happen to Medicare if Vermont adopts the single-payer health care program, Green Mountain Care.

Tony Sutton: Phase 1 EB-5 investors respond to Moulton commentary

Ms. Moulton is far more preoccupied with publicly resuscitating the tarnished reputations of her agency, her subordinates, Mr. Stenger and Jay Peak.

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.

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