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Editorial: Toxic Solutions
On Wednesday Vermont legislators took testimony on S.154, a bill proposing to 1) increase penalties for assaults on social workers and; 2) criminalize verbal threats.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Editorial: Can't Legislate Intelligence
In a recent Supreme Court of Vermont Law Blog entry (scovlegal.blogspot.com), Ember Tilton considers a free speech case. He writes:
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Editorial: Cheap Shot At Bill-Making Process
Two years ago Burlington voters approved three municipal charter changes to institute city wide gun control measures. The backer of the amendments, GunSense Vermont (funded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg), aimed to exempt municipalities from Vermont's Sportsmens' Bill of Rights.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Editorial: Contempt For Crony Complaint
Yesterday the "Top Story" on caledonianrecord.com was a wire report titled "Thorn in Side of Powerful Faces Criminal Probe."
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Editorial: Kingdom Rules
On Saturday the St. Johnsbury Academy girls' and Lyndon Institute boys' indoor track teams won Division I and II state championships, respectively. It was a three-peat track title performance for the Hilltoppers and the first ever indoor crown captured by the Vikings.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Editorial: Premium Time To Scale Back
The Sunday Valley News compared health insurance benefits of Vermont municipal workers to those of public school teachers and found significant differences.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Editorial: Graff
Garrett Graff is a Democrat political aspirant and the son of longtime Vermont Associate Press Bureau Chief Chris Graff. For the past ten years he has served as an editor of the national online news organization Politico. Now he wants to return to Vermont and run for the state's second highest office, Lt. Governor.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Editorial: All Talk
Tonight the Republican candidates for President will take the stage in a debate hosted by Fox News. Absent will be front-runner Donald Trump who announced this week he won't participate because he doesn't like Fox. He insists he was treated unfairly by news anchor Megyn Kelly during an August 2015 debate.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Editorial: Protecting Kids From Junky Parents
Union Leader columnist Mark Hayward this week discusses the strain of drug abuse in custody cases. He cites a divorced family, suffering the scourge of an addicted mother, to highlight the family court system's inadequacy in adjudicating disputes.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Editorial: An Obvious Choice
Yesterday kicked off National School Choice Week. Events are planned across the country to highlight the importance of educational options for children. The national initiative holds that "parents and families should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children."
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Editorial: Freak Show
Yesterday the Washington Post published a long-form report on Union Leader Publisher Joe McQuaid's war-of-words with Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Editorial: Blessed Last Address
On Thursday Governor Peter Shumlin delivered his sixth, and thankfully final, budget address. In keeping with tradition, it was full of fluff and fairy dust.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Editorial: Penny Foolish, Pound Wise
A recent experiment by ABC News convinces us that a penny has lost all of its value. Literally.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Editorial: Pound Wise, Penny Foolish
A recent experiment by ABC News convinces us that a penny has lost all of its value. Literally.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Editorial: Long Way To Secret Government
On Tuesday the N.H. House Judiciary Committee began taking testimony on H.1611, a measure to charge residents an unspecified, up-front "labor fee" when they make public record requests.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Editorial: Lisman's High Bar
In advance of the Governor Shumlin's budget address, Republican candidate Bruce Lisman issued a 10-point program for getting state government finances under control.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Editorial: Dark Report From Bay State
According to a recent report from the Boston Globe, a majority of Massachussets cities and towns are woefully non-compliant with open record laws.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Editorial: Church, State ad absurdum
We noted a pair of stories this week, worlds and political philosophies away, involving the issue of church and state.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Editorial: Major League Impact
Just before Christmas Jamie Murphy approached St. Johnsbury Baseball and asked what the organization needed for equipment. He was told that helmets and catcher gear were always in demand.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Editorial: Surveillance State
The Vermont Senate this week voted unanimously to approve a bill intended to protect the privacy of residents.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Editorial: Shumlin's Nuclear Impact
A couple of stories caught our eye last week.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Editorial: Supreme Optimism
Yesterday the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could deal a long overdue death blow to public sector unions.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Editorial: Quality Defense
Last week a 65-year old grandmother in Manchester, N.H. parked her car and started to walk to her apartment. On the way, 23-year-old Michael Bontaites allegedly tried to grab her purse.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Editorial: Tough Choice For Union Backers
Readers in the Caledonia Central Supervisory School Union must not have loved the front page of Saturday's edition. The lead article outlined proposed tax increases in Danville, Walden, Peacham and Barnet.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Editorial: Volunteers Get Up So You Can Get Out
Yesterday Taylor Reed provided an update on community ice-skating rinks in St. Johnsbury. Volunteer Mike Welch, St. Johnsbury Recreation Director Joe Fox and Public Works Head Hugh Wescott are out late every night and early every morning flooding spaces on Portland and Summer streets to make them ready for skating, broomball and other awesome winter activities.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Editorial: Fun To Watch
Last night Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Burlington. We continue to think of him as a poor candidate for the presidency, but there are some things about him that we appreciate.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Editorial: A Lesson In Transparency
On Monday a St. Johnsbury resident asked the school board to publish salary information for public teachers and staff. The board, and school officials, unanimously balked at the suggestion.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Editorial: Lawmakers Back to "Work"
State lawmakers on both sides of the river are heading back to "work." Since we believe firmly that the government is best which governs least, we're never enthused at this time of year.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Editorial: Workers' Center Censorship
Over the weekend the Vermont Workers' Center circulated an online petition demanding that the Flynn Theater cancel Donald Trump's upcoming visit.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Editorial: Disreguarded
Last week we had an article about an escaped furloughee. According to Todd Wellington's report, Kristin Witter fled on December 3.
Monday, January 4, 2016

Editorial: Learn From Our Mistake On Prison
According to an AP report we published this week, Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark wants to build a mega-prison in Bellows Falls. The proposal would convert an abandoned industrial building into a pretrial detention center for federal prisoners and transitional housing for Vermont inmates.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Editorial: Happy New Year
It's an interesting time to be a media company. Technology affords people easy access to endless sources of entertainment, information, and engagement that makes competition fierce among content providers. That competition is great for consumers and spurs exciting innovations. It also challenges traditional revenue models among legacy corporations.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Editorial: Stop, Don't Shoot
On Monday Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty announced there would be no criminal charges filed against two Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Editorial: Success for Sanders
Bernie Sanders made a lot of noise on the campaign trail in 2015. Though it won't amount to anything more than a footnote in Vermont history, Sanders has to be pleased at the attention he mustered. The media gave him far more attention than any of his fellow legislators have for the past two decades.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Editorial: Denying Shumlin
Back in November Gov. Peter Shumlin issued an enthusiastic endorsement of President Obama's decision to veto the XL pipeline to carry Canadian crude oil to American refineries.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Editorial: We Told Them So
Early next year Coloradans will decide, in a ballot measure, if they want a single-payer health care system. "ColoradoCare" would provide "universal" care to all residents and would be funded, largely, by $25 billion in new payroll taxes.
Friday, December 25, 2015

Editorial: Merry Christmas
Tomorrow is Christmas - a day for reflection, giving and family - in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It's a magical time of year, highlighted by the spirits of charity and good will. Though times are a little tough in our readership area, we never cease to feel humbled by the endless acts of selfless atruism on which we report in our communities throughout the holiday season. They convince us that, despite our differences and challenges, we enjoy more in collective and individual blessing than we endure in hardship.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Editorial: Driving N.H. Expansion
Last month, when the non-partisan Tax Foundation issued their 2016 Business Tax Climate Index, we noted briefly how New Hampshire pummeled Vermont. Again.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Editorial: Lock The Door When They Leave
Teachers in Chicago have voted overwhelmingly to strike in the spring if they don't get what they want in contract talks. Eighty-eight percent of teachers voted in favor of a 2016 strike.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Editorial: Last Minute Shopping Local
'Tis the week to wrap up your holiday shopping. We hope you keep it local.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Editorial: Great Call
Littleton Record Editor Paul Hayes began his report, "Longtime referee Bruce Mason got a special surprise. He arrived at Littleton High School expecting to officiate a girls basketball game between Littleton and Lisbon. He ended up being the center of attention."
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Editorial: Presumption of Guilt
On Wednesday the Vermont Senate Rules Committee voted 3-2 to suspend Franklin County Senator Norm McAllister pending his trial in February. The disgraced Senator has pleaded not guilty to felony sexual assault charges against three women. The allegations against him are pretty awful.
Friday, December 18, 2015

Editorial: Dealer's Delight
Earlier this week we wrote about N.H. Attorney General Joe Foster's plans to pursue murder charges against drug dealers whose products lead to overdose deaths.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Editorial: Contract Killer
Yesterday we ran an AP article on State Auditor Doug Hoffer's scathing report on Vermont state government's overwhelming tendency to issue contracts without competitive bidding.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Editorial: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
Last week the New Hampshire Attorney General announced plans to pursue murder charges against drug dealers whose products lead to overdose deaths.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Editorial: When Donkeys Fly
On Friday the Democratic National Committee removed New Hampshire's WMUR as a sponsor to the presidential debate scheduled this week. The station's parent company, Hearst Corporation, is involved in negotiations with the union that represents its production workers.
Monday, December 14, 2015

Editorial: Measuring Character
Earlier this month Portsmouth, N.H. police officer Michael Kotsonis responded to a shoplifting complaint from Ocean State Job Lots. A woman reportedly stole cake mix, frosting and Crisco.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Editorial: Pre-crime Enforcement
The Los Angeles city council is considering sending warning letters to the "owners of cars seen driving in areas known for prostitution," according to a recent report from the Los Angeles Daily News.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Editorial: Too Loud To Ignore
Earlier this week Presidential candidate Donald Trump shocked the world, again, when he said the United States should close its borders to Muslims. Not those on terrorist watch lists, or hailing from Syria, mind you. He said NO MORE Muslims.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Editorial: Free Speech for Bigots
According to the Burlington Free Press, police have charged a Burlington man with a hate crime for threatening people and making racial slurs on Church Street.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Editorial: Sorry... On Behalf Of Those You Assaulted
A couple of weeks ago approximately 150 "Black Lives Matter" protesters took over the Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College. The school's paper, The Dartmouth Review, reported that protesters stormed the quiet facility with chants of:
Tuesday, December 8, 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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