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Editorial: Send 'Em All Down River
On Monday the Burlington Free Press ran a story titled, "Advocates renew push to keep inmates in VT."
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Editorial: Greatest Threat in a Generation
In Sunday's New York Times, columnist Maureen Dowd interviews James Risen, the Grey Lady's Pulitzer Prize winning, Washington bureau reporter.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Editorial: Double Down Clown
In a Friday article, Vermont Health Care chief Lawrence Miller told VTDigger that "the state did not know about the technology firm Optum's previous legal problems when it decided to hire the company as a consultant to work on Vermont Health Connect."
Monday, August 18, 2014

Editorial: What Justice?
A story by Todd Wellington this week begins, "Tashia L. Beer has now violated her way nearly all of the way off probation."
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Editorial: Move On
A small number of residents heard on Monday that Lyndon Institute and the United States Post Office are working on a plan to retain postal service in Lyndon Corner. LI has an inventive plan for a student-run store, slated to open in space long-occupied by the post office.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Editorial: Back on the Green
Last weekend the annual fair returned to the Danville Green after having been displaced for three years by the Route 2 Improvement Project.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Editorial: 40 Year Fall
Forty years ago this week, Richard Nixon resigned his presidency amidst myriad charges that he abused his executive powers. The disgraced Republican was rightly driven from office for spying on enemies; for using federal agencies to harass and intimidate rivals; and for a botched cover up of his extra-legal abuses.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Editorial: Give Her the Gun
For the past four years Taylor Woolrich, a junior at Dartmouth, has lived in fear of 67-year-old stalker Richard Bennett. Bennett is currently in jail for his attempts to attack and assault the young San Diego co-ed. The history of the case suggests Bennett is deeply dangerous and disturbed.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Editorial: Calling Yankee Republicans
In July Republican Scott Milne announced he would challenge Peter Shumlin for the Vermont Governor's seat. Last week Libertarian Dan Feliciano said he would challenge Milne for the republican nomination. Feliciano is asking to be written-in at the party's upcoming primary.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Editorial: Height of Inspiration
On Sunday Tyler Walker and Laurie Stevens summited Mt. Washington for the 5th annual Sunrise Ascent to benefit the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, a Franconia-based organization that provides year-round recreation for people with disabilities.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Editorial: Good First Step
On Monday Larry Miller, chief of Vermont Health Care Reform, announced a fundamental restructuring of the state's relationship with CGI -- the company hired to develop the Vermont Health Connect website. In essence CGI got canned. But the Canadian company, which was also fired in February by the federal government, will walk with almost $70 million for their work on the still dysfunctional website.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Editorial: Pornographic Reports
According to a report last week from the Washington Times, federal workers blamed their office porn habits on "boredom" when questioned by investigators.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Editorial: Not for Lack of Study
Vermont Watchdog recently made the effort of adding up all the money the Shumlin administration and Vermont's liberal legislature have spent "studying" a single payer health care system.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Editorial: Caring for Veterans
Last week Congress passed a bill to infuse $16 billion into reform efforts at Veterans' Hospitals. The bill was the effort of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and transcended partisan gridlock by passing both chambers with flying colors. The House OK'd the measure 420-5 and the Senate blessed it, 91-3.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Editorial: Support for Stenger, Quiros
This week we published a pair of stories, from VTDigger.org, about Jay Peak and the EB-5 program. The first, written by Anne Galloway and Hilary Niles, highlighted a group of investors who say they've lost trust in Jay Peak after President/CEO Bill Stenger converted their equity stakes in the resort into un-secured loans.
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Editorial: Brotherly Love
Two weeks ago 8-year-old Noah Aldrich completed a a mini-triathlon in Boise, Idaho. His six-year-old brother, Lucas, finished right behind him.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Editorial: Wiki War on Women
According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, the National Science Foundation awarded money to a pair of researchers to study "systematic gender bias" on WikiPedia. Yale sociology professor Julia Adams and NYU dean Hannah Brueckner will get $200,000 from taxpayers to figure out why the online encyclopedia is seemingly so sexist.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Editorial: Good Veto by Hassan
On Monday New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed a law intended to guarantee a "positive work environment" for state employees. Hassan said H-591 is flawed for "poorly defined and unworkable provisions that will inevitably lead to a dramatic increase in unwarranted workplace-related litigation."
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Editorial: Fundraiser in Chief
For all of his vast failures, President Barack Obama is a first-class fundraiser. He broke records during his 2008 Presidential campaign and raised over $1 billion for his re-election effort. Since taking office, the President has attended 398 fundraisers -- more than any other President in history.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Editorial: Journalists' Memorial
Kathleen Carroll, a senior vice president and executive editor for the Associated Press, recently re-dedicated the memorial to fallen journalists at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Her remarks are worthy of reflection.
Friday, July 25, 2014


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