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John McClaughry: The Folly Of More Gun Controls
The recent mass murders at the Charleston, South Carolina church and the Roseburg, Oregon community college have revived the stalled campaign for a wide range of new restrictions and even prohibitions on gun ownership.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Politicians Exploit School Shooting, but Ignore Bombing Victims
By Ron Paul
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: The Ubercynic - Politics In Out Times
The Ubercynic -- politics in our times
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Amy Goodman: Grace lee boggs: A century of grass-roots organizing
Grace Lee Boggs: A century of grass-roots organizing
Friday, October 9, 2015

Deborah Bucknam: Tuitioning Towns Do Not Need to Give Up Choice in Mergers
Act 46, the new state law which provides for mergers of school districts into larger districts, protects forever all school districts' present systems whether the district tuitions its students or operates its own school, or a combination of both. The State Board of Education has interpreted Act 46 to mean just the opposite. It has stated: "There is no authority in Act 46 that authorizes a newly formed district/preferred model, to both operate and pay tuition, for the same grade level." The Board is wrong. Not only does Act 46 allow school districts to retain their present systems, the Act prohibits the Board from disapproving a merger plan because each member district keeps its present system of educating its children.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin: Vermont Connected
When I came to office in 2011, I made expanding broadband internet access to every last mile a priority. No one thought achieving that goal would be easy, especially since previous governors had set similar goals only to fall short in the end. The same features that make Vermont an ideal place to live -- rural communities separated by rolling hills and deep valleys -- make expanding broadband incredibly difficult. Despite the challenges, four and a half years later we have achieved the goal we set to get internet access to all Vermonters. Now our work must turn to increasing internet speeds so Vermonters and businesses can keep up with the ever-increasing demands of business, commerce, and everyday life.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Ann Coulter: The problem isn't guns or white men
The problem isn't guns or white men
Friday, October 9, 2015

Matt Mackowiak: 4 Things Planned Parenthood's President Admitted Under Oath
4 things Planned Parenthood's president admitted under oath
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Michael Reagan: Time For Sensible Background Checks
Time for sensible background checks
Thursday, October 8, 2015

William Scully: A Developer's View On Dam Removal In Vermont
I got interested in hydroelectric power in an instant on Dec. 26, 2008. While driving and listening to an NPR news piece regarding the skyrocketing price of oil I had an epiphany. I live in a mill town and there are five dams within one mile of my home. I was deeply disturbed by the fact that we weren't tapping the hydroelectric power potential of these dams.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sen. Jeanie Forrester: State Benefits With Veto Override
Dear Constituents,
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sen. Patrick Leahy: Don't Squander The Bipartisan Commitment To Conserve America's Special Natural Places
Imagine a successful and popular program that saves our special natural places, such as parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges and forests. Imagine further that this is accomplished not with tax dollars but with royalties paid by companies that extract oil or minerals from our public lands. What's not to love about a program like that?
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thomas Knapp: Bernie Sanders Is Right About Private Prisons
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (allegedly a Vermont Independent, but running for president as a Democrat) and U.S. representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced bills in Congress recently aiming to "ban private prisons, reinstate the federal parole system and eliminate quotas for the number of immigrants held in detention." The bills won't pass, and who knows what devils lurk in their details, but the general direction is right.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tom Purcell: The Decline Of American Greatness
The decline of American greatness
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sean Brown: DCF's Shelter Response
On behalf of Vermont's Department for Children and Families (DCF), I am responding to the editorial entitled "Shelter at Any Cost." The piece raised a number of concerns about the possible seasonal emergency shelter being considered in the basement of the North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury. I hope that my response provides some clarity for your readers regarding DCF's role and commitment to supporting the St. Johnsbury community and its vulnerable residents.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ron Paul: I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria
I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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

Daniel Weeks: Looking Beyond Left and Right to Stop the Drug Epidemic
New Hampshire's drug epidemic hits close to home for Cynthia, a 57 year-old New Hampshire native living in a dilapidated apartment building in downtown Nashua.
Friday, October 2, 2015

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