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Amy Goodman: Open veins, healing wounds, in latin america
Open veins, healing wounds, in latin america
Friday, April 17, 2015

Cyrus Patten: The Evidence Was Never There
Great time and effort was expended to create what was hailed as an historic education reform package. I'm referring to House Bill 361, which was derailed Tuesday as the Governor and Secretary of Education withdrew support.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Rep. Don Turner: Gun Bill Opposition
"The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State" are words Vermonters have lived by since July 8, 1777. Now, nearly two and half centuries later, this founding principle is being challenged by S. 141.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Caroline H. Little: Why Strengthening The Freedom Of Information Act Is So Important
President Obama has routinely promised greater transparency within the federal government. Now, Congress is making strides towards achieving this critical goal.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patricia Moulton and Deb Markowitz: The Many Benefits Of Clean Water For Vermont
Governor Shumlin, in his inaugural address, noted that "protecting Lake Champlain means protecting our economy." Indeed, every governor before him in recent memory has made similar observations about how closely Vermont's prosperity is tied to our land-based economy and healthy natural environment. As the secretaries of the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) we recognize that we have a shared mission -- to protect the ecological health and natural resources of our Green Mountain state as well as to ensure future prosperity by promoting commerce and creating jobs. We have learned that we are able to achieve the greatest benefits for Vermonters when we work together to get this done. The Clean Water bill working its way through the Vermont General Assembly is a great example of this approach to protecting and restoring Vermont's environment and economy.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stephan Morse: Dual Enrollment Raises College Aspiration
Several years ago, a Middlebury student was struggling in high school, unsure of her future. No one in her family had ever attended college. With encouragement, she took English Composition at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) during her senior year of high school. The Dual Enrollment course, for which she received both high school and college credit, gave her a taste of success, and a taste of college. She is currently enrolled at CCV and plans to pursue further education and a career in health care.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

John McClaughry: The Legislature's Final Four
The Vermont Legislature has entered the final four weeks of its 2015 session. The House has passed its appropriations, tax and health care "reform" bills, and the Senate is now well along in its consideration of those measures. It's too soon to predict how differences between the two chambers will be resolved, but the outline of their likely product is emerging.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dave Sharpe: Controlling The Educational Process
Do we have small schools and small school districts or tiny schools and tiny school districts?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aaron Cornelius: Merge The Small States
As authorities in Vermont appear eager to forcibly merge small school districts, and in turn possibly close small schools, I believe we should consider a radical proposal which has equal merit. We should close the small states.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sen. Jeanie Forrester: A Call To Action
For the last four years I have written a monthly news column to inform my constituents on what is happening in Concord and in the District.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Christine Flowers: What Not To Say About Female Politicians
What not to say about female politicians
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: Good Enough For Government Work
Good enough for government work - the VA is broken and there is no hurry about fixing it
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Michael Reagan: Slow-Motion Justice
Slow-Motion Justice
Friday, April 10, 2015

Dick Polman: Why Paul Rand Is Destined To Lose
Why Rand Paul is doomed to lose
Friday, April 10, 2015

Amy Goodman: Capital punishment: A dead policy walking
Capital punishment: A dead policy walking
Friday, April 10, 2015

Debby Haskins: Pot And The Brain - Negative Effects That Come With Too High A Cost
Scientifically speaking, why does one feel "high" from marijuana? As Vermont contemplates legalizing marijuana and increasing the access to it and acceptance of it, it's worth learning about what marijuana does to the brain. Arguably there is still much scientific study to do on the subject, but research on pot and its effects has come a long way in the past three decades. The most troubling results of this research involve the negative effects on the user and, by extension, the impact these effects have on society.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Governor Peter Shumlin: Doubling Down on Job Creation
Since its inception in 2007, the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program (VEGI) has encouraged companies to relocate to or grow in Vermont, translating into good-paying jobs for Vermonters. In the eight years since the program was launched, companies approved for VEGI have created 3,038 new, full-time jobs, added $187 million in new payroll, and made $495 million in capital investments in Vermont. All this incremental economic activity has generated almost $30 million in new revenues to the State. In fact, the companies receiving VEGI incentives have exceeded their economic projections by an average of 175 percent and the revenue return is 288 percent higher than projected.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ron Paul: IRS, Congress Hold Our Liberty In Contempt
IRS, Congress hold our liberty in contempt
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ralph Colin: Over-taxed Citizens Moving Out
To the Vermont Senate:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Haley Edmondson and Elsa Eckhardt: A Positive Spin On Our Community
On Monday, March 30, the St. Johnsbury Academy Student Government and Dormitory Council held a meeting with representatives from the Vermont Council on Rural Development.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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