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Editorial: Dangerous Secrets
A disgraced former Vermont public school teacher recently asked a judge to seal his employment records after he was fired for inappropriate conduct with a female student in 2005. Chittenden County Judge Helen M. Toor agreed to temporarily hide Jay Hoffman's records while she considers his request.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Editorial: Strategy Matters
'Black Lives Matter' student protests are happening on college campuses throughout the country. The following represents a small sampling of some of their demands:
Monday, November 23, 2015

Editorial: Click For Censorship
Last week assistant professor Melissa Click caused an uproar after she was filmed harassing and trying to block a student reporter from covering a protest at the University of Missouri.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Editorial: Mockery of Justice
On Monday Holly Gonyeau was sentenced to one year of probation and 80 hours of community service for her no-contest plea to first-offense DUI.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Editorial: Accepting The Risk
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says Vermont's doors are open to Syrian refugee placements from the federal government. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan says her state can't accept the risk.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Editorial: Deadly Decision
On Monday Caledonia County Superior Court Judge Robert P. Gerety Jr. transferred Evan Rapoza's case to a top-secret court in Washington County. The move overturns an earlier ruling by Judge Kathleen Manley that said Rapoza could only be released after a hearing in Caledonia Criminal Court where the public could attend and observe the proceedings.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Editorial: What About The Kids?
On Thursday evening, antrhopology professor Janet Bennion will discuss polygamy in an event at Lyndon State College. After decades of research, the nationally-recognized scholar on polygamy argues that legalizing the practice will become the next civil rights frontier in the United States.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Editorial: Situational Principles
Hillary Clinton recently rolled into the area and made an appearance at Littleton High School. She drew a tightly-controlled crowd of 300 that paled in comparison to Bernie Sanders' high-energy, belly-to-belly, campaign gathering at the Littleton Opera House. Bernie had the main floor of the hall packed, the balcony filled, and hundreds standing outside who couldn't fit inside.
Monday, November 16, 2015

Editorial: Now That We Know What's In It
The goals was good -- get more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance and reduce the growth in U.S. health care spending. The outcome... surprise... has not been so good.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Editorial: Form Without Function
A decade ago the federal government started the process of digitizing immigration records, applications and forms.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Editorial: Unions Can't Prosper Without Coercion
Two years ago the Vermont Legislature passed a pair of bills allowing the unionization of child care workers and home health workers, respectively, and permitting the unions to forcibly withhold dues from members of those industries who don't join the union. The two professional groups receive part of their salaries from Medicaid funds.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Editorial: Salute To Veterans
On Nov. 11, 1919, President Wilson commemorated Veterans Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Editorial: Soulless Loser
Last week Deadspin released photos of Nicole Holder after Greg Hardy beat her almost to death in a vicious 2014 assault. The 278-pound NFL lineman escaped criminal prosecution after he paid Holder a large of sum of money not to testify against him.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Editorial: Yuck, To Yum!
Late last week Panera announced plans to use cage-free eggs in its restaurants. The effort is part of the growing list of fast-food franchises (finally) committing to slightly better treatment of animals raised for human consumption.
Monday, November 9, 2015

Editorial: Indefensible
New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster this week refused to defend a lawsuit filed against the state over education funding. The City of Dover is suing New Hampshire over the issue of spending caps.
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Editorial: Blood Money
Someone recently dumped a severed deer head on David Blittersdorf's property in Irasburg. The wind-developer thinks it's an effort to intimidate and deter him from building a pair of 500 foot wind towers. He insists it won't work.
Friday, November 6, 2015

Editorial: Feel The Bern
Bernie Sanders calls himself a “Democratic Socialist” and is happy to explain what he thinks that is.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Editorial: Someone Has To Pay
Bernie Sanders calls himself a "Democratic Socialist" and is happy to explain what he thinks that is.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Editorial: Halloween Spirit
Saturday was a spook-tacular day in area communities.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Editorial: Religious Offense
A federal court report caught our attention this week. "A federal court has awarded two Somali-American Muslim truck drivers $240,000 after they were fired for refusing to transport alcohol, saying it violates their religious beliefs. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought a lawsuit on behalf of the truckers."
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Editorial: Better Watch Out
Three stories recently caught our attention.
Monday, November 2, 2015

Editorial: Haunting Halloween Horrors
If you like horror stories around Halloween, Senator Jeff Flake, R-Arizona this week highlighted his latest "brainless" example of government waste. As part of his ongoing project to shine light on your profligate government (#PORKCHOPS), Senator Flake says taxpayers spent $60,000 "to support the summer 2015 production of 'Zombie: The American,' a play about a dystopian future in which the President of the United States is faced with zombies in the basement of the White House."
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Editorial: HUDsuckers
A story this week on Watchdog.org highlights a failed $9.4 million loan guaranty from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, on a property that was valued at $3.8 million.
Friday, October 30, 2015

Editorial: Takers to Inherit Vermont
VTDigger recently published a report highlighting an anticipated $60-70 million budget gap in Vermont's Medicaid program next year. It's expected to drive the state's budget deficit to over $100 million and more than doubles the $30 million Medicaid spending hole for the current fiscal year.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Editorial: Steady Supply, No Demand
This week Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders joined Rep. Peter Welch and Gov. Peter Shumlin to announce a $10 million federal grant to improve passenger and freight rail service from Rutland to Burlington.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Editorial: Lawlessness By Hassan
United State Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., recently blasted Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan for her support of sanctuary cities. Ayotte's campaign pointed out Hassan, while a state senator, voted against a bill calling for enforcement of federal immigration laws statewide. Democrats throughout the nation, including President Obama, have turned a blind eye to illegal sanctuary cities.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Editorial: Thanks Again to the Unions
One year ago the Government Accountability Office released a report that said 53,000 government employees were paid not to work from 2010-2013. They were all paid to stay home "on administrative leave" while they were investigated for misconduct. Some for months, others for up to three years.
Monday, October 26, 2015

Editorial: Comment on No Comment
Late last week, according to police, a woman was raped in the second-floor bathroom at the Edward J. Costello courthouse in downtown Burlington, Vt.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Editorial: South American Civics Lesson
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa literally wants a fist fight against a politician critical of him, according to a Wednesday story in the Washington Post.
Friday, October 23, 2015

Editorial: David Hale
David Hale grew up on Green Street in St. Johnsbury and went on to become one of the world’s leading global economists advising governments, corporations and heads of state…
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Editorial: David Hale
David Hale grew up on Green Street in St. Johnsbury and went on to become one of the world's leading global economists advising governments, corporations and heads of state...
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Editorial: Weak Loonie Boon
On Tuesday night Canadians elected a new Prime Minister.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Editorial: Free Speech Week
The following guest comment was written by Richard T. Kaplar, Vice President of the Media Institute in Arlington, Va., in recognition of 'Free Speech Week.'
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Editorial: Mission Accomplished... Really?
Earlier this month Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Health Connect director Lawrence Miller held another press conference celebrating the "full automation" of the state's colossally failed health insurance marketplace.
Monday, October 19, 2015

Editorial: Chapter 111
In case you missed the screaming teens, parades, bonfires or newspaper headlines, today is the 111th chapter in the storied history of "The Game."
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Editorial: One Man's Raise Is Another Man's Pay Cut
On Tuesday the Vermont State Employees Association walked away from the bargaining table during contract negotiations with the state. The non-management bargaining unit of the VSEA represents about 3,600 workers.
Friday, October 16, 2015

Editorial: A Salute To Bennett
Five-year-old Bennett Stenger spent the day with the Vermont State Police on Wednesday. It was an action-packed respite from his ongoing battle with leukemia.
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Editorial: Advantage, Goliath
Last week Vermont Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, gave an interview to Bruce Parker at Vermont Watchdog. Sharpe was an architect of Act 46 and is a card-carrying member of the NEA.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Editorial: Head Scratcher
Late last week VPR's Peter Hirschfeld wrote about "Vermont's high rate of young adults in the Social Security Disability program." The findings come from Joyce Manchester, an analyst in the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Editorial: NCIC
Last week the St. Johnsbury and Lancaster--based Northern Community Investment Corporation celebrated 40 years of promoting vibrant communities, stronger businesses, and more jobs.
Monday, October 12, 2015

Editorial: Justice for Teddy
Last weekend a New Hampshire man kicked a 17-year-old blind, deaf, Pekingese Chihuahua named Teddy, and killed him. Police charged 55-year-old Toby Tousley with animal cruelty.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Editorial: No More Fun and Games
According to a story in yesterday's Minneapolis Star Tribune, two public elementary schools in Minnesota are spending $30,800 to hire "recess consultants." Their stated goal is to make kids' playtime "more inclusive."
Friday, October 9, 2015

Editorial: Lowdown Dirty Unemployment Figures
Last week the United States Labor Department said the nation's economy added 142,000 jobs in September. It was 61,000 fewer jobs than economists had projected and marked a continuing decline in employment growth figures. Worse is that 24,000 of those jobs were created in government.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Editorial: Less Corrections
According to new report from the American Academy or Arts and Sciences, Vermont and New Hampshire are two of 11 states spending more money on prisons than public universities.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Editorial: Universal Waste Management
Cato Institute Scholars Chris Edwards and Nicole Kaeding last month took a look at wasteful spending and cost overruns on government projects. They determined the problem is global, immemorial, and staggering in scope.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Editorial: Blood Money
United States Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, went after Planned Parenthood during a House Oversight Committee hearing last week. Among other things, he accused them of wasting taxpayer money on inflated salaries, ostentatious parties, extravagant travel and inappropriate political campaign activity.
Monday, October 5, 2015

Editorial: Blowing Blittersdorff Away
On Thursday night hundreds of people packed into the Irasburg Town Hall to tell renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf they don't want his industrial wind towers in their town. Out of 285 voters, 274 said "NO" to wind development in town.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Editorial: Eye for an Eye
On Oct. 16, 2006, Michael Addison shot police officer Michael Briggs in the head and killed him. Briggs was a Marine Corps veteran and recipient of a Congressional Law Enforcement Award for heroism (for twice rescuing people from burning buildings). He was a husband and father to two young boys.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Editorial: Prison, Better than the Alternative
Last week a group of Vermont lawmakers toured the Southern State Correctional Facility to examine conditions for mentally ill inmates being incarcerated in a secure psychiatric wing.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Editorial: Free Cadillacs
According to the Associated Press, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy and Jeanne Shaheen are among nine co-sponsors of a bill to repeal a part of the Affordable Care Act. The part they don't like is the one asking public sector workers to pay taxes on their "Cadillac" health care plans.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Editorial: Bunch of Garbage
Residents in Seattle are suing the city over controversial trash inspections. Garbage there is subject to random searches to ensure residents are complying with state recycling and composting law.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Editorial: Shelter At Any Cost
For months the Vermont Department of Human Services has been trying to open a homeless in St. Johnsbury. It has grant money to spend toward this end, and would like to move homeless people from other parts of the state - like Burlington - into the Northeast Kingdom.
Monday, September 28, 2015

Judge's Disrespect For Law Doesn't Deserve Diversion
Robert Sands, the Windsor County state's attorney, has made a serious error in judgment by referring a defendant charged with serious felonies to the court approved Diversion program.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

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