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home : opinion : editorial September 30, 2014 

Editorial: He Said What?
Secretary of State John Kerry is an enthusiastic advocate for government action to combat "climate change." Earlier this year he argued that the Western world needs to defeat catastrophic climate change for the benefit of Muslims everywhere.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Editorial: Sounding Presidential
Ordinarily we don't find President Obama's speeches to be credible or confidence-inspiring. But his address to the United Nations last Thursday was a welcome exception. There, spurred by barbarism from the "Islamic State," Obama finally started acting like a world leader.
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Editorial: Taking Credit Where It Isn't Due
In a gubernatorial debate last week hosted by VPR, Gov. Peter Shumlin boasted about his sterling record of creating jobs. He held up the Northeast Kingdom as a shining example of how his initiatives have benefited the whole state. "We have the fastest growth rate on jobs in Vermont's history in the Northeast Kingdom because we're up there, creating jobs," Shumlin said. "I've worked hard to bring capital into the state to grow those jobs."
Friday, September 26, 2014

Editorial: Squash 'em Already
Last week St. Johnsbury Selectman Jamie Murphy said the town should be more proactive in combating known hotspots of bed bug activity.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Editorial: Open Season
According to an article on VTDigger, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department may be considering a ban on the use of aerial drones by hunters. Members of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Hunter's Institute recently submitted a petition to the Fish & Wildlife Board "arguing that the use of drones to track or conduct reconnaissance leading up to a hunt was a violation of the rules of fair chase and provided an unfair advantage to the hunter."
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Editorial: Senator Scott Brown
New Hampshire Republicans have nominated former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to challenge Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November. Brown took about half of the primary votes, defeating former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Editorial: Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Last week the Burlington Free Press reported that the Lake Champlain Transportation Company, which operates ferry service from Vt. to N.Y., was fined $100,000 by the EPA. Their sin was keeping poor records on the paint they used on their boats.
Monday, September 22, 2014

Editorial: Those in Glass Houses
Last week Skip Vallee, a successful Vermont businessman, released a television ad pointing out the hypocrisy of Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife, former Burlington College President Jane Sanders. At issue is the $200,000 payout Mrs. Sanders accepted when she departed the struggling College.
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Editorial: Attack on the 4th Amendment
The Fourth Amendment prohibits unwarranted searches and seizures of individuals by the government. The protection applies to the states by virtue of the 14th Amendment's due process clause.
Friday, September 19, 2014

Editorial: Armed For Freedom
In the wake of national tragedies, well-intentioned and compassionate people often turn to calls for increased gun control. Such was the case following horrors at a Newtown, Conn. school; a movie theater in Aurora, Colo..; the campus at Virginia Tech; an Arizona shooting range; and a Safeway parking lot where Gabby Giffords and other innocent victims were attacked.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Editorial: Thank God For Religious Freedom
Faithful and perhaps well-intentioned Americans often decry the death of God from our schools, courts and public buildings. These religious proponents draw parallels between court rulings and declining morality.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Editorial: Constitution Week
Tomorrow is Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorating the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the United States Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Students, locally and throughout the country, will spend this week studying this landmark document that is the bedrock of our democracy.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Editorial: First For A Reason
It's Constitution Week -- a time for citizens to study, reflect and celebrate the document behind America's remarkable experiment in self-governance. The Constitution was ratified 227 years ago today. Shortly thereafter James Madison authored the Bill of Rights (AKA, Ten Amendments) which were ratified by the states in 1791. Today there are 26 amendments to the Constitution.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Editorial: Illegal Endorsements
On Wednesday, 'Vermont Leads,' a group advocating single payer health care, announced a list of candidates it endorses for the General Election. It includes 61 incumbents and 12 challengers in House races, as well as 16 incumbents in the Senate and six challengers. Vermont Leads, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, will support these candidates through direct donations, get-out-the-vote work and volunteer recruitment.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Editorial: Reckless Isn't Progress
Early this week, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his candidacy for re-election. As reported by VT Digger, "Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin declared at his campaign launch Monday night that he has put Vermont on a "progressive path" through a "bold" leadership style and investments in job creation, renewable energy, early childhood education and opiate addiction treatment. Shumlin touted the new GMO labeling law and his single payer health care reform plan as signature Vermont initiatives."
Friday, September 12, 2014

Editorial: September 11
Today is the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on our country.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Editorial: Knockout Blow
On Monday released video footage of NFL running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious with a savage blow to the head. Shortly after the video was released the Baltimore Ravens terminated his $40 million contract. Right after that the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Editorial: Power Prison Down
Last week Governor Shumlin and Vermont Department of Corrections head Andy Pallito made a rare appearance at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Editorial: Patently Offensive
According to a weekend report from Time Warner New York 1 News, a vanity license plate in Brooklyn that reads "HAMMAS" was revoked by the state for being "patently offensive."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Editorial: No Strategy?
Shortly after Barack Obama moved into the White House, he packed his duffel and hit the road on his infamous "apology" tour. In ports both foreign and domestic, Obama criticised the United States for arrogance, unilateral actions, and (as aptly described by Mitt Romney) "for acting without regard for others; for treating other countries as mere proxies, for unjustly interfering in the internal affairs of other nations, and for feeding anti-Muslim sentiments; for committing torture, for dragging our feet on global warming and for selectively promoting democracy."
Saturday, September 6, 2014

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