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Stephanie Jackson: The Mother Of An Inmate Responds
I would like to respond to your latest editorial slandering me and casting derision upon my pain and the pain of other parents of inmates. This is the editorial in Saturday's paper 11/15/14. Glad you can always use us to keep your paper running. Pardon me if I come across as somewhat upset these days. I've had years of reading your paper to make me so. Your continual disdain and lack of understanding of human beings never ceases to amaze me. You make the assumption that because an individual commits a crime that must be their entire being. You can't imagine a world or a scenario where that individual is made up of more than that act or acts. You can't imagine that others influence that young person, not just their parents. Perhaps it is people like you who have marginalized and dehumanized people like my son for much of their lives. Oh, but it is easier for you and everyone else to feel safer and to feel righteous if you can make others feel badly and "less than" and keep them locked away.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Michael Reagan: The American Public Gets Smart
The American public gets smart
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tom Purcell: I've Been Stupid But Not That Stupid
I've been stupid, but not THAT stupid!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Phil Kerpen: Obama's Plan To Regulate And Tax The Internet
Obama's plan to regulate and tax the Internet
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

James Haslam: Elections As A Wake Up Call: Politicians Must Put People First!
The record low election turnout in Vermont's 2014 general election should be a huge wake up call to Governor Peter Shumlin and other Vermont political leaders. The fact that the majority of people stayed home is a referendum against the status quo. It shows that people have lost faith in the political process and its relevance to their lives. Over 60,000 Democratic voters who voted in 2010 did not participate in 2014. In 2010, anyone affected by the healthcare crisis had an extremely compelling reason to come out to vote. Politicians had laid out a vision for universal healthcare and promised to follow through with it. Yet by 2014, the change many people hoped for had not materialized. Very little had been done to make universal healthcare a reality, and the lives of working families had not improved. Earlier this year, the best minimum wage increase bill politicians could come up with was offered by a Republican, not by the legislative leadership in the Statehouse or the Governor.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rick Jensen: Could Obamacare Architect Be Prosecuted For His Deceit?
Could Obamacare architect be prosecuted for his deceit?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rob Roper: Gruber Has No Credibility to Vet Single Payer Funding Plan
Vermonters have been waiting years to find out how the state plans to pay for a $5 billion plus single payer health care system that will require at a minimum $2 billion in new taxes. The law putting Vermont on the path to single payer says that funding plan was to have been completed in January of 2013. It's two years late because governor Peter Shumlin says, "We've got to get it right."
Monday, November 17, 2014

Geoffrey Norman: You're Right ... We Are Stupid But You're Incompetent
You're right ... We are stupid but you're incompetent
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tina Dupuy: Think Over 'Under God'
Think Over 'Under God'
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tom Pelham: Don't Punish Vermont Taxpayers
We know it's not polite to say "We told you so," so let's get it over with. We told you so.
Friday, November 14, 2014

Amy Goodman: Tomas Young, rest in peace
Tomas Young, rest in peace
Friday, November 14, 2014

Tom Pelham: Don't Punish Vermont Taxpayers
We know it’s not polite to say “We told you so”, so let’s get it over with. We told you so.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lindsay DesLauriers: What Do Vermonters Think About Green Mountain Care? Not Much Yet
Vermont's unexpected election results have led to a lot of speculation among Vermonters and in the media. Many have asked whether this election should be interpreted as a reflection on Green Mountain Care, Vermont's proposed universal, publicly financed, single-payer health care system. My response to this is: Yes. The election results suggest we should move forward.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lee Hamilton: What Makes A Strong Lobbyist
Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as "the Fourth Estate." But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it's lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jack Hoffman: A Solution Needs A Defined Problem
There wasn't a lot of substance in this election season. "Where's the beef?" isn't a question we hear much during campaigns anymore, as Jon Margolis lamented in his column in vtdigger last week. But while candidates may not need to offer thoughtful, workable proposals or even clearly define problems to get elected, they will need to do both after Election Day if they want to improve life in Vermont.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Will Durst: Obama and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Obama and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

John McClaughry: Four Proposals To Improve Elections
Now that the 2014 state elections are over, it's worth looking at how the process might be improved in the future. Here are four proposals.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tom Licata: Progressivism's Ideological Beliefs And Ideas, Part II
Progressivism - so pervasive in today's Democratic Party - is the ideology of American suicide and specifically of American Constitutionalism. This is the second in a series of writings dissecting and analyzing Progressivism's ideological beliefs and ideas, to which the just stated conclusion will become self-evident. "Suicide" is an emotive term but here I use its cognitive 'self-inflicting' meaning. That is, the demise of American Constitutionalism is coming almost entirely from internal or domestic sources, rather than external or foreign. The first in this series is found here:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tom Purcell: For Veterans Day - Tomb Of The Unknowns
For Veterans Day -- Tomb of the Unknowns
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Geoffrey Norman: Get What Done? The People Have Spoken, But What Did They Say?
Get What Done? The people have spoken; but what did they say?
Saturday, November 8, 2014

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