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Reloading Against Gun Control
The people leading Gun Sense Vermont are back again with yet another version of their never-ending campaign to restrict firearms ownership. According to VTDigger, Gun Sense Vermont spent $39,000 on lobbying last biennium, with more yet to be reported in their final 2014 filing. Gun Sense also made $25,000 in campaign contributions during the past election cycle.
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Editorial: Exceptional Disgrace
In the winter issue of National Affairs, political scientist Nicholas Eberstadt writes about the decline of American exceptionalism caused by the dramatic rise of the entitlement state.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Editorial: Not Taken
After terrorists murdered 12 Charlie Hebdo employees in Paris, actor Liam Neeson weighed in with his thoughts.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Editorial: Theatre de l'Absurde
The town of St. Johnsbury is going to move the polling place from the Father Lively Center in a token separation of church and state. After 12 years of gracious hosting by the Catholic Church, it suddenly became an urgent matter to insulate ballot boxes from the corrupting intellectual influence of a seemingly innocuous cross on the wall.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Editorial: Love Those Pats
On Sunday night the New England Patriots throttled the Colts, 45-7 to advance to their record-setting sixth Super Bowl during quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick's time together in New England. The team, the best ever in the history of professional sports, was playing in its 9th conference championship since 2001. In a league architected for parity, it's difficult to meaningfully quantify just how brilliant their accomplishments have been.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Editorial: The Real Offense
On "Meet the Press" yesterday, Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, slammed publications that refuse to reprint his paper's controversial cover following the mass shooting by Muslim fanatics at the French satirical newspaper's office.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Editorial: Strong Proposal
On Thursday Peter Shumlin delivered his annual budget address. He said Vermont has a "spending problem" and then carefully explained the solution is to significantly raise taxes.. and spend more. His budget calls for general fund spending increases of 4.5 percent and over 6 percent more on human services.
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Editorial: Help Lines Are Busy
According to an Associated Press article this week, "Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law... But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service."
Friday, January 16, 2015

Editorial: No Such Privilege
In an attempt to reconcile her big-government vision with economic reality, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan asked state agencies to make proposals for ways they might operate more efficiently.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Editorial: Guilty Until Proven Innocent
According to a recent article in the Burlington Free Press, a small herbal supplement company in Burlington is getting serious heat from the Food & Drug Administration.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Editorial: Win For The Public
Last week the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union was forced to pay $147,000 to a parent it discriminated against. The settlement resolves a three-year-old case in which the school attempted to shut out a parent who was critical of the education his child was receiving.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Editorial: Not Fare
According to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner under the Freedom of Information Act, federal Health & Human Service executives spent $31 million taking 7,000 first class and business class flights between 2009 and 2013, including 253 trips for which a one-way ticket cost more than $15,000.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Editorial: Attack On Freedom
On Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Twelve men and women were murdered for expressing their freedom of speech. Sadly, it is not an isolated incident.
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Editorial: Good Comment
Morgan True wrote an article for VTDigger recently to report: "Vermont Health Connect Extends Deadline for January Coverage."
Friday, January 9, 2015

Editorial: Gamble on Hassan
Recent in-fighting in the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives is no doubt pleasing to the minority party in Concord.
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Editorial: Catch and Release
Last week Kevin Sinclair was arraigned for stealing a truck and other items. Judge Robert Bent released Sinclair on conditions. Bail wasn't among them.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Editorial: Yeah, Right
Last week Gov. Peter Shumlin told reporters that his decision to bail on a single-payer health care plan wasn't made until after the 2014 election and had nothing to do with politics.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Editorial: Shap's No Question Zone
According to a Free Press report from Mike Donoghue, "Longtime Republican Rep. Mary A. Morrissey of Bennington helped expose a major security breach of confidential customer information in the Vermont Health Connect computer system. Now her days on the House Health Care Committee appeared to be numbered."
Monday, January 5, 2015

Editorial: Careful What We Wish For
On election day, Vermont voters told Gov. Peter Shumlin that they don't think much of him anymore.
Saturday, January 3, 2015

Editorial: Resolutions
As 2014 comes to an end, we pause to give thanks to dozens-of-thousands of daily readers, and advertisers, who support us in covering our region. Tomorrow we embark on our 178th year of continuous publishing. We resolve a few things.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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