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Amy Goodman: Special delivery for the plutocrats
Special delivery for the plutocrats
Friday, April 24, 2015

Ann Coulter: Still no reports of 'Hillary fever' outbreaks
Still no reports of 'Hillary fever' outbreaks
Friday, April 24, 2015

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy: Living Up To Constitutional Principles Should Be An Ongoing (And Bipartisan) Process
Following are excerpts of the remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) as he accepted the "Constitutional Champion Award" from the Constitution Project, a bipartisan think tank that focuses on constitutional issues. Also receiving these awards on April 22 were Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Twitter.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Joseph Cotto: Hillary Voters Should Remember The 'B' Word
Hillary voters should remember the 'B' word
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Denis Hayes: Hydrogen Fuel Cells
In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Susan Stamper Brown: I Am A Democrat[ic] Party Defector
I am a Democrat[ic] party defector
Thursday, April 23, 2015

John Kastle: If Vermont Were A School...
If Vermont were a school, it would be a small school. Challenged by limited resources, absent an economy of scale and perceived lacking equity of opportunity when compared to other "schools." Some would consider Vermont isolated, provincial, defining us as "rural" in a disparaging way, and dependent on external resources.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rep. Sam Young: My Support For The Gun Bill
Last week in the Legislature the House was asked to vote on a bill that would place restrictions on the possession or purchase of guns by certain persons. I have never sponsored or advocated for any legislation that would restrict gun rights, but I also believe that I should vote on the words that are actually in the bill before me.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dolly McPhaul: Wake Up, New Hampshire!
You, the people, are allowing yourselves to be abused and taken over by large energy businesses. You must act, now.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Linda Armirotto: Advocate For A Vulnerable Child
Recently I heard the author and political scientist Dr. Robert Putnam speaking on New Hampshire Public Radio. He was discussing his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. He learned through his research that poor children tend to lead stressful, isolated lives. Their family dynamic is often unstable, led by a single parent whose education often ended with high school or even before. Unlike better off children, who tend to have numerous adults in their lives reaching out to them to stay in school and go to college, poorer kids have few, if any, reliable, responsible adults to mentor them. They are unaware of opportunity and possibility, and their learned reluctance to trust anyone only serves to make them more vulnerable. Dr. Putnam concluded his remarks by observing the deleterious change in Americans' perception of who, exactly are "our kids" when considering ways in which society is advancing. The term seems no longer to be a collective which includes every child, no matter his circumstances.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin: Helping Vermonters Succeed
It's no secret that the economic recovery across America has been felt most by those with higher incomes. For working families in America, the recovery has been slow to take root. And for those fighting to get into the middle class, the recovery has been almost non-existent, with many still struggling. Vermont is not immune to this nationwide trend. That's why I am fighting hard to make sure that we have an economy in Vermont that works for every single Vermonter, not just those at the top. This week we took two important steps toward that goal.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ann Coulter: We need an ankle bracelet for the new york times
Usually liberals have the decency to wait a few months after one of their rape fantasies collapses to start citing the case as "unresolved" -- it was a tie, the game was rained out, we'll never know what happened.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: The Race Is On for president? please
You might think that you don't care about politics and, it is for certain, that politics gives you less and less reason to care about it. But ... politics certainly cares about you. But not, necessarily, in the way that it wants you to care about it.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: The Race Is On For President? Please
The race is on for President? Please
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rob Roper: Time To Take Climate Change Debate To Next Level
It is safe to say that all or at least most of us believe that Vermont is a very special place, and we all want to do what's necessary to preserve and pass on this unique treasure that both draws and keeps us here -- majestic mountains, pristine waters, and wild, open spaces. The question is, what is the best policy for doing so.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

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


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