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Editorial: Head Scratcher
Late last week VPR's Peter Hirschfeld wrote about "Vermont's high rate of young adults in the Social Security Disability program." The findings come from Joyce Manchester, an analyst in the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Editorial: NCIC
Last week the St. Johnsbury and Lancaster--based Northern Community Investment Corporation celebrated 40 years of promoting vibrant communities, stronger businesses, and more jobs.
Monday, October 12, 2015

Editorial: Justice for Teddy
Last weekend a New Hampshire man kicked a 17-year-old blind, deaf, Pekingese Chihuahua named Teddy, and killed him. Police charged 55-year-old Toby Tousley with animal cruelty.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Editorial: No More Fun and Games
According to a story in yesterday's Minneapolis Star Tribune, two public elementary schools in Minnesota are spending $30,800 to hire "recess consultants." Their stated goal is to make kids' playtime "more inclusive."
Friday, October 9, 2015

Editorial: Lowdown Dirty Unemployment Figures
Last week the United States Labor Department said the nation's economy added 142,000 jobs in September. It was 61,000 fewer jobs than economists had projected and marked a continuing decline in employment growth figures. Worse is that 24,000 of those jobs were created in government.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Editorial: Less Corrections
According to new report from the American Academy or Arts and Sciences, Vermont and New Hampshire are two of 11 states spending more money on prisons than public universities.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Editorial: Universal Waste Management
Cato Institute Scholars Chris Edwards and Nicole Kaeding last month took a look at wasteful spending and cost overruns on government projects. They determined the problem is global, immemorial, and staggering in scope.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Editorial: Blood Money
United States Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, went after Planned Parenthood during a House Oversight Committee hearing last week. Among other things, he accused them of wasting taxpayer money on inflated salaries, ostentatious parties, extravagant travel and inappropriate political campaign activity.
Monday, October 5, 2015

Editorial: Blowing Blittersdorff Away
On Thursday night hundreds of people packed into the Irasburg Town Hall to tell renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf they don't want his industrial wind towers in their town. Out of 285 voters, 274 said "NO" to wind development in town.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Editorial: Eye for an Eye
On Oct. 16, 2006, Michael Addison shot police officer Michael Briggs in the head and killed him. Briggs was a Marine Corps veteran and recipient of a Congressional Law Enforcement Award for heroism (for twice rescuing people from burning buildings). He was a husband and father to two young boys.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Editorial: Prison, Better than the Alternative
Last week a group of Vermont lawmakers toured the Southern State Correctional Facility to examine conditions for mentally ill inmates being incarcerated in a secure psychiatric wing.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Editorial: Free Cadillacs
According to the Associated Press, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy and Jeanne Shaheen are among nine co-sponsors of a bill to repeal a part of the Affordable Care Act. The part they don't like is the one asking public sector workers to pay taxes on their "Cadillac" health care plans.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Editorial: Bunch of Garbage
Residents in Seattle are suing the city over controversial trash inspections. Garbage there is subject to random searches to ensure residents are complying with state recycling and composting law.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Editorial: Shelter At Any Cost
For months the Vermont Department of Human Services has been trying to open a homeless in St. Johnsbury. It has grant money to spend toward this end, and would like to move homeless people from other parts of the state - like Burlington - into the Northeast Kingdom.
Monday, September 28, 2015

Editorial: Cautionary Tale in Croydon
This week the school board in Croydon, N.H. announced its intention to continue tuitioning five local students to independent schools. The move will defy a direct order from Attorney General Anne Edwards who said, by law, the community must send all of its education money to public school district SAU #43.
Friday, September 25, 2015

Editorial: Hard Truths in Accounting
This week "Truth in Accounting," an organization of accountants, released its annual report on the "Financial State of the States." It provides "a comprehensive review of financial reports... to provide citizens a clear picture of their governments' financial condition."
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Editorial: If At First You Don't Succeed, Scrap the Test
The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts is going to scrap a test that "most Probation Department test takers failed."
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Editorial: No More Choice
On Sept. 15 the Vermont Board of Education pulled the firing pin, that will explode the grenade, that will kill school choice in Vermont.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Editorial: A Little Relief in N.H.
Mom and pop businesses, who pay most of the business taxes in New Hampshire, got some good news when the state budget was passed on Wednesday. For the first time in decades business taxes will be lowered, giving North Country businesses some relief.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Editorial: Armed To Be Free
In the wake of national tragedies, well-intentioned and compassionate people often turn to calls for increased gun control. Such was the case following horrors at a Newtown, Conn. school; a movie theater in Aurora, Colo..; the campus at Virginia Tech; an Arizona shooting range; a Safeway parking lot where Gabby Giffords and other innocent victims were attacked; or a church in South Carolina.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

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