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Editorial: Astronomical Waste
According to a story in yesterday's Washington Post, NASA is shutting down a $350 million laboratory tower in Gulfport, Miss. The facility will cost $700,000 a year to maintain in mothball mode.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Editorial: DCF Data Breach
Last month an employee for the Vermont Department of Children and Families mistakenly sent an email, to undisclosed recipients, with the social security numbers of 66 local foster parents.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Editorial: Those in Glass Houses
Last week Governor Peter Shumlin sent a letter to Fairpoint CEO Paul Sunu. Shumlin lectured Sunu about recent outages and an "unacceptable rise in service quality issues in recent months."
Monday, December 15, 2014

Editorial: Win for Daycare Providers
On Tuesday Vermont's child care workers voted against unionization. By a vote of 418-398, independent daycare providers rejected a massive effort by the American Federation of Teachers to organize them into a collective bargaining unit.
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Editorials: Police Cameras
Last week President Barack Obama proposed $263 million in federal funding to outfit and train police officers with body cameras.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Editorial: A Scary Proposal
Last week VTDigger published a story outlining the likely components of Gov. Shumlin's $2 billion tax program to fund his single payer health care initiative. The story generated hundreds of comments, most of which expressed worry and skepticism.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Editorial: Take That, Dirty Grinch
Last Thursday night, filthy thieves ransacked St. Matthews Church in Whitefield and stole gifts intended for children and low-income families. More than half of 130 donated gifts were stolen.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Editorial: Grim REAPing
Last week Pat Leahy showered more federal money on the Northeast Kingdom, announcing grants to weatherize area homes.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Editorial: Just Give Us Our Money
On Thursday Robin Smith wrote about a request from Rural Community Transport, asking the Newport City Council to forgive the tax-funded transportation service the annual hassle of petitioning for a special appropriation from taxpayers.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Editorial: Secret Government, Private Video
Jennifer Hersey Cleveland wrote three stories last week, each of which highlight the dangers of Vermont's endless litany of exemptions to open government laws.
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Editorial: Secret Government, Family Confidential
Jennifer Hersey Cleveland wrote three stories last week, each of which highlight the dangers of Vermont's endless litany of exemptions to open government laws.
Friday, December 5, 2014

Editorial: Secret Government, Personnel Files
Jennifer Hersey Cleveland wrote three stories last week, each of which highlight the dangers of Vermont's endless litany of exemptions to open government laws.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Editorial: Hilary's Speaking Racket
Hillary Clinton wants to become president, and she's hording money to help her attain the goal.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Editorial: Jailed For Speech
Yesterday the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Elonis v. United States. The case tests the free speech of people using threatening language on social media sites.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Editorial: Slippery Slope of Hidden Taxation
Prior to the start of this ski season, Efficiency Vermont gave $5 million to ski areas toward the purchase of energy efficient snow-making equipment. Fifteen Vermont resorts were beneficiary of the subsidy, which offset a third of an overall $15 million investment.
Monday, December 1, 2014

Editorial: Rewarding Van Roekel
On Wednesday Fox News reported that National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel got a $130,000 a year raise this year while the teachers union he heads lost 40,000 members. His salary is $541,632.
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Editorial: Happy Thanksgiving
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and there is plenty for which to be thankful.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Editorial: Helping Neighbors
On Friday night Dan Mitchell, Chris Parker and "dozens upon dozens" of volunteers piled into the Lancaster town building to fill Thanksgiving meal boxes for Saturday morning delivery to homes in Dalton, Groveton, Jefferson, Lancaster, Twin Mountain, Whitefield, Gilman, Lunenburg and Guildhall.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Editorial: The Keystone Senators
Last week the United States Senate fell short of advancing Keystone Pipeline legislation when it failed to muster the requisite 60 votes to overcome a filibuster by Democrats. All 45 Republicans were joined by 14 Democrats voting to approve the pipeline. Thirty-nine Democrats and two Independents rejected the measure.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Editorial: Amnesty For Obama
President Barack Obama travelled to Nevada yesterday to sign an executive order granting temporary deportation relief to child immigrants and foreign-born parents of U.S. citizens (kids born here). Obama presented his plan during a primetime address, Wednesday, that outraged congressional Republicans because the President bypassed the legislative process.
Saturday, November 22, 2014


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