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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

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

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

Stephan Morse: Dual Enrollment Raises College Aspiration
Several years ago, a Middlebury student was struggling in high school, unsure of her future. No one in her family had ever attended college. With encouragement, she took English Composition at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) during her senior year of high school. The Dual Enrollment course, for which she received both high school and college credit, gave her a taste of success, and a taste of college. She is currently enrolled at CCV and plans to pursue further education and a career in health care.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

John McClaughry: The Legislature's Final Four
The Vermont Legislature has entered the final four weeks of its 2015 session. The House has passed its appropriations, tax and health care "reform" bills, and the Senate is now well along in its consideration of those measures. It's too soon to predict how differences between the two chambers will be resolved, but the outline of their likely product is emerging.
Thursday, April 16, 2015


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