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The medical director for the Bennington Free Clinic said something interesting recently at a health care forum hosted by Rights and Democracy of Bennington."What we need to do is eliminate insurance companies," said Dr. Richard Dundas. "They're a … more
The purpose of tax reform is to raise revenue more efficiently - with fewer loopholes and special breaks that distort economic incentives and necessitate higher marginal rates. In discussing tax reform since President Donald Trump's election, … more
Senate Republican leaders released on Thursday a draft health-care bill, supposedly designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It includes a range of mostly unwise and ungenerous changes to the nation's health-care system, but it might, … more
Once again the House has failed to end marijuana prohibition, thereby extending the life of the black market and delaying further reform on state-level drug policy.The House had reconvened Wednesday for a special veto session scheduled mainly to … more
Several years ago, a company based in Maine wanted to build a biomass/wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal at the former Green Mountain Race Track. What followed was more than a year of public hearings, permit applications, and … more
After Thursday, we'll finally get see what kind of government we're really living under here in Vermont. One that understands and values compromise, or one that emulates Washington and favors partisan brinkmanship and division.Governor Phil Scott … more
Obamacare looks shaky, mostly because Republicans are sabotaging it. This, in turn, has rekindled calls on the left to create a European-style "single-payer" system, in which the government directly pays for every American's health care. California … more
Maryland and the District of Columbia sued President Donald Trump on Monday, and on Wednesday 196 Democrats in Congress agreed to file their own lawsuits against the president. Each claim that Trump has violated the Constitution's emoluments clause, … more
Bennington's contract with a water bottling company to sell water from the Morgan Spring stands as a fine example of why deliberation and public input are needed in the Select Board's decision making process.Fourteen years ago, the town entered into … more
Despite the rhetoric coming from the White House about the need to preserve the U.S. coal industry and remain tethered to fossil fuels, most people with a modicum of common sense realize that renewable energy is the better way to go. It's far … more
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