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Editorial: Illegal Endorsements
On Wednesday, 'Vermont Leads,' a group advocating single payer health care, announced a list of candidates it endorses for the General Election. It includes 61 incumbents and 12 challengers in House races, as well as 16 incumbents in the Senate and six challengers. Vermont Leads, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, will support these candidates through direct donations, get-out-the-vote work and volunteer recruitment.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Editorial: Reckless Isn't Progress
Early this week, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his candidacy for re-election. As reported by VT Digger, "Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin declared at his campaign launch Monday night that he has put Vermont on a "progressive path" through a "bold" leadership style and investments in job creation, renewable energy, early childhood education and opiate addiction treatment. Shumlin touted the new GMO labeling law and his single payer health care reform plan as signature Vermont initiatives."
Friday, September 12, 2014

Editorial: September 11
Today is the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on our country.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Editorial: Knockout Blow
On Monday TMZ.com released video footage of NFL running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious with a savage blow to the head. Shortly after the video was released the Baltimore Ravens terminated his $40 million contract. Right after that the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Editorial: Power Prison Down
Last week Governor Shumlin and Vermont Department of Corrections head Andy Pallito made a rare appearance at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Editorial: Patently Offensive
According to a weekend report from Time Warner New York 1 News, a vanity license plate in Brooklyn that reads "HAMMAS" was revoked by the state for being "patently offensive."
Monday, September 8, 2014

Editorial: No Strategy?
Shortly after Barack Obama moved into the White House, he packed his duffel and hit the road on his infamous "apology" tour. In ports both foreign and domestic, Obama criticised the United States for arrogance, unilateral actions, and (as aptly described by Mitt Romney) "for acting without regard for others; for treating other countries as mere proxies, for unjustly interfering in the internal affairs of other nations, and for feeding anti-Muslim sentiments; for committing torture, for dragging our feet on global warming and for selectively promoting democracy."
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Editorial: Housing Bust
Last week the Federal Housing Finance Agency released its annual housing market report. It reports that home prices rose 7.4 percent from last year, nationally, hitting levels not seen in almost eight years. Every state in the country, except one, enjoyed rising home prices.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Editorial: Watching Detroit's Reckoning
After decades of cronyism, grift, corruption, and bad judgment, the city of Detroit is in bankruptcy court. It's the largest city ever to face such a reckoning.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Editorial: Making LemonAID
On Sunday, Pittsburgh native Phil Laboon was supposed to get married at the fancy Priory Hotel. According to the story from Trib Total Media, he prepaid all the wedding expenses, including $20,000 for the reception.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Editorial: How To Squash A Slumlord
Last Friday Judge Robert Bent ruled in favor of Depot Square Apartment tenants in a battle with their landlord over a bed bug infestation. According to the report from Todd Wellington, "The court stopped eviction proceedings against William and Normajean Heath, reduced their rent and awarded them damages of $9,000."
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Editorial: Good Way To Get Shot
On Friday night an environmental group protested at the home of Vermont Gas Systems President Don Gilbert. According to the Burlington Free Press report, "EarthFirst" said it "wanted to highlight the threat of eminent domain over the construction of a gas pipeline extension" planned from Burlington to Rutland.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Editorial: Looking Away
When video surfaced of journalist James Foley's gruesome beheading, his cousin implored people - "Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Editorial: Puddle Cops
On Wednesday Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, wrote to the EPA accusing the agency of secretly drafting elaborate "highly detailed" maps of waterways throughout the country. Fox News first reported the story.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Editorial: Undercover Blues
Late last month, investigators in the Government Accountability Office testified before Congress about how easy it was to defraud the federal health care exchange. Using fake identities, investigators successfully secured sizable health care subsidies for 11-of-12 applications they submitted.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Editorial: Chicken
A man was recently arrested for dressing in a chicken costume and following N.H. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. The implication was that the Senator is herself chicken for dodging the time-honored tradition of Town Meetings. The chicken was arrested for "disturbing the peace," but we don't think his clucks were hollow.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Editorial: Pure Politics
Last week Texas Governor Rick Perry pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony counts of abusing the power of his office. The charges, one each for coercion and official oppression, came from a grand jury in Texas' lone liberal city of Austin.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Editorial: Vote Beck
Three St. Johnsbury Republicans are vying for two GOP nominations in tomorrow's primary. Any of the three -- Scott Beck, Janssen Willhoit, and Tom Moore -- will represent our town better than incumbents Michelle Fay and Bob South.
Monday, August 25, 2014

Editorial: No Such Thing as Free Lunch
According to a Monday article by Taylor Reed, St. Johnsbury School Superintendent Ranny Bledsoe wants every public school student to receive "free" breakfast and lunch on the taxpayer dime.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Editorial: Weak
On Tuesday Scott Milne, a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, opted not to participate in a primary debate hosted by Essex Republicans. It was the second debate Milne skipped in the past two weeks. He announced his candidacy in July.
Friday, August 22, 2014


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