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Editorial: It's Only A Dead Baby
This week Judge Robert Bent gave baby killer Shawn Ely-Boyd an appallingly short prison sentence for felony burglary while he was on furlough for the savage beating murder of a two-year-old. It was the second felony Ely Boyd committed while on furlough and the latest of an endless string of "passes" he's enjoyed.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Editorial: Danville Secret Meetings
This week the Vermont State Police cited Danville Co-Principal Ed Webbley on an embezzlement charge. He is of taking $1,600 in cash and checks from the school safe, which reportedly held money from various fundraisers.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Editorial: Happy Beginning and End For Gun Store
The Village Gun Store has been a fixture in the community of Whitefield for 40 years. Customers travel from all over the region to do business with owners Stanley and Sandy Holz based on their sterling reputation.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Editorial: Step One ... Stop Digging
Last week the Vermont Chamber of Commerce reported that the Vermont House Health Care Committee voted, 8-3, against allowing businesses a choice to purchase insurance outside of Vermont Health Connect.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Editorial: Greener Pastures
GW Plastics told Vermont Public Radio this week that doing business in Vermont is rough. The Bethel and Royalton based company, founded here in the 1950s, is the largest manufacturer in the state and employs approximately 350 people.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Editorial: Vermont Approach
The Vermont House Committee on Fish, Game and Water Resources (FGWR) recently voted to report a bill (H.35) to address the problem of phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain. The state has been under increasing pressure from Obama's EPA to cut back on phosphorus making its way into the lake, mainly (it alleges) from fertilizer applied by small farm operations in the Champlain Valley.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Editorial: Liberal Hangover
Vermont lawmakers face a $110 million shortfall in its budget because, without any balance of power, the ruling liberals have been unimpeded in growing state spending by more than five-percent every year while the economy grew, on average, between zero- and two-percent.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Editorial: Police State DNA
On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee tabled an effort by Senator Dick Sears, D-Bennington, to expand the state's criminal DNA database to people convicted of any misdemeanor with a statutory possibility of jail time (which is to say, most).
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Editorial: Hassan Math Problems
Last Thursday New Hampshire Governor Hassan released her proposed budget for the next two years. Like a true Democrat, Hassan proposed a one billion dollar increase that will raise taxes on residents and businesses.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Editorial: Hail The Champs
On Saturday the St. Johnsbury Academy girls track team won the Division I State Championship. It was the first Academy girls' title since 1981 and the 36th Track & Field championship in the school's remarkable history.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Editorial: In Our DNA
Last week the British House of Commons voted, 382-178, to allow scientists to create humans using DNA from three people. The technology is intended to protect the unborn from the scourge of inherited diseases.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Editorial: ductus exemplo
On Wednesday St. Johnsbury Academy freshman Angela Kubicke gave testimony to the Vermont Senate's Government Operations Committee as part of her effort to coin a Latin motto for the state.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Editorial: It's Already Neutral
President Obama and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler are making another bid to take over the Internet through "net neutrality" regulation and rulemaking fiat.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Editorial: Hitting The Slopes Again
After three-plus decades of dormancy, Mt. Eustis opened for skiing last weekend. The ski hill revival is owed to the efforts of community-minded businesses and individuals who dedicated countless hours and raised over $75,000 toward the goal of bringing an affordable, accessible outdoor recreation opportunity back to Littleton.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Editorial: What's Wrong With Derby?
Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn is going to close the Derby 911 Dispatch Center to save Vermont taxpayers, he says, $1.7 million a year. The plan is to consolidate emergency dispatch into two facilities, in Williston and Rockingham, and shutter those in Derby and Rutland.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Editorial: Credibility
A dozen years ago NBC anchor Brian Williams happened upon a trio of grounded helicopters in a desert airfield in Iraq. One of the aircraft had taken enemy fire and was forced to make an emergency landing. An hour later, by coincidence, Williams arrived at the same airfield because his helicopter was grounded by an approaching sand storm.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Editorial: Right To Sound Like a Moron
This week the town of Littleton agreed to pay $17,500 to settle a dispute with 72-year-old Richard Kearns. He was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct last year after he got a little uppity with a downtown parking attendant.
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Editorial: Inhumane in Victory
Last week we had an article about an attack by the town of Victory against the Elizabeth Brown Humane Society.
Friday, February 6, 2015

Editorial: Deja Vu
Last week N.H. Representative Richard McNamara, D-Hillsborough, introduced a single-payer health care bill (H-686-FN-A) for the Granite State. If enacted, the legislation would "provide universal access to health care for all individuals residing within New Hampshire..."
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Editorial: Too Hot For Winter Sports
Northern Vermont and New Hampshire readers may find amusing the latest pronouncement on climate from Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In a blog item posted on the EPA site and the White House site (Jan. 28), Ms. McCarthy writes:
Wednesday, February 4, 2015


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