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Tom Purcell: Lots to Be Thankful For
Do you realize we've been giving thanks for almost 400 years?"
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Will Durst: How Many Turkeys Died for your Dinner?
We've spent such a large portion of the past year cringing at the prospect of potential disasters crouching behind every bush: ISIS, Putin, Trump, Belicheck, lion-killing dentists, that a national holiday right about now is a blessed respite. For one 24-hour period, the whole country can focus on something benign. Unless, you're a Black Friday shopper. But those are self-inflicted injuries.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

John McClaughry: Freedom As The School District Solution
The ranks of people opposed to the controversial school consolidation act (Act 46) are rapidly growing. The Vermont School Boards Association has expressed grave displeasure with the provision that penalizes local school districts that spend more than the state thinks necessary.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Will Durst: Anchor Baby Battle
Anchor baby battle
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: Drugged Out
Drugged out
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mark Whitworth: Climate Change - Degrading Our Defenses
In the past few weeks, two of the architects of Governor Shumlin's energy policies acknowledged that the policies will have no impact on climate change. They disclosed, in separate interviews, that the purpose of the policies is economic development and not climate change mitigation. They neglected to disclose that these economic development policies will actually worsen the impacts of climate change in Vermont.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Ann Coulter: When the Third World attacks!
When the Third World attacks!
Friday, November 20, 2015

Amy Goodman: This Thanksgiving, no place for refugees at the American table
This Thanksgiving, no place for refugees at the American table
Friday, November 20, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin: Reversing the trend of rising incarceration rates
For most of the last two decades, Vermont's prison inmate population has been rising. Between 1997 and 2008, it grew by 86 percent. Projections made in 2007 said that Vermont's inmate population would grow to 2,619 by November 2015. After years of work to reform Vermont's criminal justice system that trend has been reversed, and today Vermont has 1,734 inmates, 885 less than projected.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Daryl Cagle: How To Fight ISIS? With Cartoons
How to fight ISIS? with cartoons
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dick Polman: Is Hillary Ready For ISIS?
Is Hillary Ready for ISIS?
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Susan Stamper Brown: ISIS Is Contained, President Obama?
The Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attack was well-coordinated with suicide bombings, grenade attacks, deadly shootings and hostage taking. As body counts rose, France's borders closed and a state of emergency declared. Hours later, the Islamic State [ISIS] threatened it was just the first with more to follow.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Alan Morgan: Rural Hospitals At Risk
Many rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. Fifty-eight have closed since 2010 and many more may follow if the pharmaceutical industry gets its way and dismantles a little-known federal drug discount program called 340B.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ron Paul: Paris And What Should Be Done
Paris and what should be done
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rob Roper: Telling The Truth About Vermont's Energy Policy
How often have we heard advocates for extensive wind and solar development on Vermont ridge lines and pastures (heavily subsidized by tax and ratepayers) say that these efforts are necessary to curb global climate change, prevent future tropical storms like Irene, and save the maple sugar and ski industries? Pretty often.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Doug Webster: 'Making' An Education
Vermont students are making their mark in the "maker" movement. At this year's Champlain Maker Faire, 11-year-old Noah Schwartz stood in front of dozens, including a group of angel investors on motorcycles, FreshTracks Road Pitch Riders, to pitch "Noah's Fizzy Maple Lemonade." Noah, competing against those who graduated college and beyond, won first place.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: Silly Season On Campus
College kids are behaving foolishly and saying stupid things. This is the headline story of the day, and the week and, who knows, maybe for a long time to come. These things spread from campus to campus because these are kids and they don't want to be left out or appear to be uncool. So if the kids at the University of Missouri and at Yale are doing the protest thing, then pretty soon the kids at Amherst and even UVM will be, too.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Amy Goodman: Even war has rules
Even war has rules
Friday, November 13, 2015

Ann Coulter: Don't ask him that! It would be too obvious
Don't ask him that! It would be too obvious
Friday, November 13, 2015

Michael Reagan: A Good Republican Slugfest
A good Republican slugfest
Friday, November 13, 2015

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