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Guy Page: Despite EPA 'Pass,' Vermont Faces Carbon Reduction Challenges
State officials celebrated Vermont getting a "pass" after the U.S. EPA announced June 2 its state-by-state plan to reduce power-related carbon emissions 30% nationwide by 2030. Lacking any full-time fossil-fuel powered electricity generating plants, it is not surprising that Vermont is exempt from the new rule. While this may seem like a victory for the Green Mountain State, our energy policy has actually left us "browner," more vulnerable to price increases from the new rule, and virtually powerless over how our electricity is generated.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

John McClaughry: School Consolidation, Charters, and Choice
Vermonters moan about their steadily rising education property taxes, especially as the number of students continually decreases. Rarely do citizens focus clearly on the causes of rising school taxes, and the possible solutions. That is, in part, because the "education stakeholders" are ever alert to control the agenda for "reform."
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Joe Gandelman: Inaccurate Political rage Is All The Rage
Inaccurate political rage is all the rage
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Geoffrey Norman: The Vanities
Remember the Arab Spring? It wasn't that long ago. Only three years. But it seems, now, to be part of another epoch. Something that might have taken place back when, if you wanted to cross an ocean, you got on a ship. But the Arab Spring was something we all watched in what people like to call "real time."
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Suellen Griffin: First Aid Applies To Mental Health, Too
Every day, we pick up the newspaper, turn on the TV, or listen to the radio and hear about another tragic incident that has occurred somewhere in our country involving a person in a mental health crisis. Sandy Hook is the one closest to home in many ways, and unfortunately is the one we in New Hampshire remember hearing about most clearly.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dick Polman: House GOP's Hilarious Strategy Is Born To Lose
House GOP's hilarious strategy is born to lose
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Phil Kerpen: Lois Lerner's Illegal Instant Message Trick
Lois Lerner's illegal instant message trick
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cyrus Patten: Accountability Is Not A Person
The Agency of Human Services and the Department for Children and Families have come under fire for recent events including the death of two children at the hands of irresponsible adults -- unimaginable tragedies for most of us. But consider the hundreds of children whose lives are being irreparably harmed every day by a combination of poor parenting and a system that is failing to ensure their social-emotional wellbeing.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ron Paul: What's Missing In The Current Immigration 'Crisis' Debate
What's missing in the current immigration 'crisis' debate
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tom Purcell: About Those Dirty Little Sisters Of The Poor
About those dirty Little Sisters of the Poor
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meredith Angwin: Carbon Emission Confusion
The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a proposed plan for greenhouse gas mitigation: the electricity sector must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The rules are set on a state-by-state basis. I am in favor of cutting carbon emissions, but the EPA plan is arbitrary, ineffective and political. The abatement standards are plain backwards: states that already have a clean energy mix have to do a higher percent of abatement than states that burn large amounts of coal.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rob Roper: Does Montpelier Have Its Priorities Straight?
Much focus lately, both from our politicians and our media, has been on IBM, the potential sale of its Essex facility and the question of what will happen to its 4,000 employees. The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) has proposed, among other measures, making a $4.5 million cash payment -- the entire newly formed Enterprise Investment Fund -- to either IBM or the plant's buyer to keep jobs here in Vermont.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rick Jensen: A Sudden Crisis Obama Has Known About For Years
A 'sudden' crisis Obama has known about for years
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Geoffrey Norman: The Things We Do Together
The things we do together
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Danny Tyree: Confidence In Government Sinks: Should We Care?
Confidence in government sinks: Should we care?
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tom Purcell: The Right To Paid Vacation
Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jan Ting: From Right-Wing Hit Man To Powerful Liberal
I noticed an article in the New York Times earlier this year about David Brock, the founder of the left-wing media watchdog Media Matters for America. At one time, Brock was a "right-wing hit man" who authored successful but misleading political attacks on Anita Hill after she testified in 1992 against the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and also against President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

John McClaughry: Supreme Court Reins In Bureaucrats, Unions And A President
Three June decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court carry important messages to America, and one in particular is likely to have an impact in Vermont.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jason Stanford - We've Got A Promise To Keep
We've got a promise to keep
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Geoffrey Norman: The Fourth
The Fourth
Saturday, July 5, 2014

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