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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

Editorial: A Public Appeal
In April a Rhode Island Superior Court Judge (and former police officer) denied an open record request from the Providence Journal about a state police investigation of a 2012 graduation party thrown by Caleb Chafee - the son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Editorial: Obama Justice
The United States Department of Justice sent an investigator to Norfolk, Nebraska recently to check out a float that appeared in a Fourth of July parade. According to reports, Eric Holder sent a "Community Relations Service Team," which investigates disputes concerning racism, to scrutinize a float "carrying a zombie-looking mannequin in overalls on the door of an outhouse labeled 'Obama Presidential Library.'"
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Editorial: Killing IBM
As Vermont holds its breath about the future of the IBM plant in Essex Jct., it's worth reminding readers of notable events in IBM's Vermont experience.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editorial: False Hope
Governor Peter Shumlin loves to tout Vermont's low (3.3 percent) unemployment rate as proof-positive that the state's economy is in great shape.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Editorial: Housing Immigrants
According to a story in Thursday's Washington Post, Gov. Peter Shumlin is preparing to welcome some unspecified portion of the 60,000 child immigrants from Central America who have overrun south Texas in the past few months. Writes the Post's Jaime Fuller, in an article headlined "Is Vermont the Solution to the Border Crisis?," a Shumlin aide said, "We've let HHS know that we are willing to investigate locations and logistical requirements and work with them to determine if Vermont would be an appropriate host state."
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Editorial: Serious Factual Errors
Flailing in the Capital, President Barack Obama is out on the campaign trail doing what he does the best... blaming Republicans for his utter lack of leadership ability.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Editorial: A Call for Civics
According to yesterday's Union Leader, Nashua, N.H. school officials are wrestling with the issue of student cellphone searches. Specifically they want "their attorney to weigh in on whether students have the same constitutional protection against cellphone searches as adults in New Hampshire," in the wake of last month's unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision banning police searches of cellphones without a warrant.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Editorial: Unsustainable
On Tuesday former Vermont Deputy of Administration Tom Pelham called out the Shumlin administration for playing a reckless game with the state economy. In an interview with Bruce Parker, of VT Watchdog, Pelham points out that state government spending has increased by 30 percent since 2008. Next year's 6.2 percent spending increase, meanwhile, is four times the rate of projected economic growth.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Editorial: Anything but Neutral
Today is the deadline for public comment on the Federal Communications Commission's bid to take over the internet through "net neutrality" regulation.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Editorial: Government Health Care
When the Veterans Health Administration scandals began to break last month, conservatives were quick to point out how the VHA, like Quebec Medicare and Gov. Shumlin's coming Green Mountain Care, exhibits most if not all of the problems unavoidable in government-run single payer health systems.
Monday, July 14, 2014

Editorial: Bad Genes
*Vermont Constitution, Article 11: That the people have a right to hold themselves, their houses, papers, and possessions, free from search or seizure; and therefore warrants, without oath or affirmation first made, affording sufficient foundation for them, and whereby by any officer or messenger may be commanded or required to search suspected places, or to seize any person or persons, his, her or their property, not particularly described, are contrary to that right, and ought not to be granted.
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Editorial: Dear Barack

Mr. President,

You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. 


Friday, July 11, 2014

Editorial: Filling the Hole with Taxpayer Money
Five years ago a terrible St. Johnsbury fire left a giant hole on Main Street. The devastating blaze left 20 people homeless and destroyed buildings that formerly housed St. Jay Pharmacy, the Convenient One general store and Kennedy's Jewelry.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Editorial: Pull The Plug
Last week the Inspector General from the United States Department of Health and Human Services released an audit on Vermont's health insurance exchange. It found thousands of "inconsistencies" between information provided by Vermonters and what appears in existing federal databases.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Editorial: State Hospital
State officials began the new fiscal year by opening the new 25-bed psychiatric hospital in Waterbury.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014


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