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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

Editorial: Grant Fairy
Last week Taylor Reed wrote an article about an electric car charging station coming to St. Johnsbury.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Editorial: Camera Shy - Judge Blocking Public Access
Caledonia County Judge Robert Bent got it right when he decided last week that the Department of Public Safety should decide for itself whether to give the public access to a police video showing events leading up to and including the shooting of a Lyndonville furloughee.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Editorial: On Independence
Today is Independence Day, commemorating the passage and signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Friday, July 4, 2014

Editorial: A Vulgar Solution
Last week the St. Johnsbury Select Board passed an ordinance that makes public vulgarity a fineable offense. If caught swearing, or behaving in a generally "vulgar" way, then you might end up with a $25 ticket.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Editorial: A Good Start
On Monday the United States of the Supreme Court dealt a wonderful blow to public sector unions in Harris V. Quinn. In a 5-4 decision, the court said that unions can continue to charge "fees" to non-members, but only from "full-fledged state employees."
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Editorial: A Lot of Dirty Laundry
On Friday the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Environmental Protection Agency is planning an "Environmental Justice" conference this fall. Towards that end the EPA posted notice that it would contract with the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Editorial: Terrible Waste of Taxpayer Money
On Saturday we ran a story about low income housing investments in the area. Rural Edge (formerly Gilman Housing) just completed renovations on 10 apartments on Portland Street at a cost of $225,000 per unit.
Monday, June 30, 2014

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