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Geoffrey Norman: What Matters Most?
The other day, I came across an article about a poll of Vermont's voters and their concerns and learned that;
Saturday, October 3, 2015

David Blittersdorf: A Brighter Energy Future For Vermont
In a recent Op-Ed, "Destroy Vermont to Save It," Senator Joe Benning, the Republican Minority Leader, demonstrates a dangerously backwards ideology that is inclined to try to save Vermont by simply destroying it.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Tom Pelham: Healthy Behavior at the Health Department
Over at the Vermont Health Department, a relatively small corner of the state budget, a group of concerned and dedicated state employees are trying to make the best of a bad situation. As most Vermonters are now aware, the state budget is on unstable footing as threatening budget deficits year after year get plugged with higher taxes, one-time funds, and a heavy dose of wishful thinking. Our leaders like to grow the budget each year at around 5 percent even though Vermont's economic growth plods along at 2 to 3 percent. The inevitable consequence is constant fiscal crisis.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Susan Stamper Brown: Today's Soft On Crime, Anti-Cop Democrats
Today's soft-on-crime, anti-cop Democrats
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann: Act 46 - Is It The Solution Vermonters Wanted?
As Vermont students settle into their classrooms this year, I have read in report after report the frustrations and anger Vermont teachers, parents, and families are experiencing as a result of the education reform law, Act 46, passed by the legislature this year.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kevin Goldberg: Making 'Sunshine Week' Every Week
The 10th "Sunshine Week" ended about six month ago, on March 21. This annual celebration of open government was created by the American Society of News Editors with a grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation. Now co-sponsored by ASNE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sunshine Week is intended to highlight the importance of open government around the country. All indications pointed to the fact that this year's Sunshine Week was one of the best yet. In Washington, DC and throughout the country, people found new and innovative ways to make people think about transparency (my personal favorite was the brewing of "Sunshine Wheat" beer -- the first beer of Sunshine Week).
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Randy Brock: Little Vermont Vs. The Software Giants
We are now in Round 3 of what has become a marathon bout, pitting Vermont taxpayers against multinational software giants. So far the contractors are winning.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

John McClaughry: Vermont's Coming All Payer "Reform"
Hamilton Davis is a veteran Vermont reporter who has participated in health policy debates since his days as the advisor to Gov. Madeleine Kunin 30 years ago. He is now the health reporter for Vermont Digger, where he recently published a lucid description of Vermont's likely health care future.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: Stuck With The Bill - Our Children Will Pay For Our Excesses
Stuck with the bill - our children will pay for our excesses
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Michael Reagan: The Pope's Problem
The Pope's problem
Friday, September 25, 2015

Amy Goodman: The people's Pope in the land of the dollar
The people's Pope in the land of the dollar
Friday, September 25, 2015

Ann Coulter: Useless idiots
Useless idiots
Friday, September 25, 2015

Dr. Coddaire: Individuals Have A Role To Play In Health Care
The topic of health care reform has been prominent in the Vermont news in recent years. The Vermont Medical Society, which is comprised of about 1,200 of the state's medical doctors, has been working actively to make our health care system work better, more efficiently and at lower cost for our patients.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hey Francis, What About The Vatican's Opposition To Birth Control?
Hey Francis, what about the Vatican's opposition to birth control?
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Roger Albee: Energy Self-Sufficiency And Vermont's Environmental Heritage
Vermont's environmental heritage has been defined over time, and today is being challenged by goals to have the state have 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. A recent Special Report in Vermont Digger: "Tax breaks drive Vermont's solar gold rush," indicates that solar developers have their eyes on Vermont due to these additional tax breaks or incentives. Can this expansion of solar and even wind on our ridgelines be compatible with articulated environmental and land use goals of the past?
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Susan Stamper Brown: Obama's Progressive Overreach On Clock Kid
Obama's progressive overreach on clock kid
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rick Jensen: Can Joe Biden Save The Day For Democrats?
Can Joe Biden save the day for Dems?
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Daniel Weeks: A Tale Of Two Transmission Lines
A Tale of Two Transmission Lines
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Phil Kerpen: Don't Let Hillary Shift Blame For Obamacare's Failures
Don't let Hillary shift blame for Obamacare's failures
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rob Roper: Paid Sick Leave A Cynical Issue For 2016
At a recent press conference Governor Shumlin and Speaker of the House (and gubernatorial candidate) Shap Smith, flanked by some "socially responsible" businesses called for a new law mandating that all employees offer a paid sick leave benefit to their employees. This issue will be at the top of the priority list when the Legislature returns to Montpelier in January.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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