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Editorial: Good Way To Get Shot
On Friday night an environmental group protested at the home of Vermont Gas Systems President Don Gilbert. According to the Burlington Free Press report, "EarthFirst" said it "wanted to highlight the threat of eminent domain over the construction of a gas pipeline extension" planned from Burlington to Rutland.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Editorial: Looking Away
When video surfaced of journalist James Foley's gruesome beheading, his cousin implored people - "Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Editorial: Puddle Cops
On Wednesday Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, wrote to the EPA accusing the agency of secretly drafting elaborate "highly detailed" maps of waterways throughout the country. Fox News first reported the story.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Editorial: Undercover Blues
Late last month, investigators in the Government Accountability Office testified before Congress about how easy it was to defraud the federal health care exchange. Using fake identities, investigators successfully secured sizable health care subsidies for 11-of-12 applications they submitted.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Editorial: Chicken
A man was recently arrested for dressing in a chicken costume and following N.H. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. The implication was that the Senator is herself chicken for dodging the time-honored tradition of Town Meetings. The chicken was arrested for "disturbing the peace," but we don't think his clucks were hollow.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Editorial: Pure Politics
Last week Texas Governor Rick Perry pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony counts of abusing the power of his office. The charges, one each for coercion and official oppression, came from a grand jury in Texas' lone liberal city of Austin.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Editorial: Vote Beck
Three St. Johnsbury Republicans are vying for two GOP nominations in tomorrow's primary. Any of the three -- Scott Beck, Janssen Willhoit, and Tom Moore -- will represent our town better than incumbents Michelle Fay and Bob South.
Monday, August 25, 2014

Editorial: No Such Thing as Free Lunch
According to a Monday article by Taylor Reed, St. Johnsbury School Superintendent Ranny Bledsoe wants every public school student to receive "free" breakfast and lunch on the taxpayer dime.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Editorial: Weak
On Tuesday Scott Milne, a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, opted not to participate in a primary debate hosted by Essex Republicans. It was the second debate Milne skipped in the past two weeks. He announced his candidacy in July.
Friday, August 22, 2014

Editorial: Prescribing Dystopia
Last week Optum released on report highlighting critical errors with Vermont's Health Connect. In exchange for $5.69 million, the company identified 834 flaws with the state's $85 million website.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

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


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