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Commentary: Two Prominent Young People Leave Vermont (August, 2019)

By Rob Roper This past spring the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce surveyed 500 young professionals, primarily Burlington area residents between the ages of 22 and 34, and learned that over 40% intend to leave Vermont. Now we can put some faces on those statistics. Taylor Dobbs, 29, a prominent reporter who worked for VPR and […]

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Commentary: A Renewed Attack on the First Amendment (August, 2019)

by John McClaughry The 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC unleashed a rhetorically violent attack from the Left, notably including Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s three members of Congress. In that case the Court overturned part of a 2002 campaign finance law known as BCRA. The Court held that “the government may […]

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Commentary: Futile Gun Control Schemes Back Again (August, 2019)

By John McClaughry In the wake of horrendous mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, leading political figures are once again demanding sweeping measures of gun control. Former VP Joe Biden, the front runner in the Democratic Presidential pack of twenty, said on CNN that he favored a ban on “military style rifles” He acknowledged […]

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Commentary: Bernie’s Teachable Moment on the $15 Minimum Wage (July, 2019)

by Rob Roper Bernie Sanders’ rhetoric on the $15 minimum wage – rhetoric echoed by many politicians here in Vermont – just suffered a violent collision with economic reality. For those who may have missed the story, Sanders pays his field staff minimum salaries of $36,000 a year, which would amount to slightly over $15 […]

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Commentary: Lake Cleanup’s Skewed Spending Priorities (July, 2019)

by John McClaughry Under a directive from the Federal EPA, Vermont has spent $66 million over the past three years to cope with serious phosphorus pollution in parts of Lake Champlain.  State Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer has just released a Report on how that money is being spent, and the results obtained. Before getting […]

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Commentary: The Threat of Government Emergencies to Liberty (July, 2019)

July 24, 2019 By David Flemming Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) recently introduced a joint resolution declaring climate change a national emergency in response to President Trump’s “immigration emergency” in February. Sounds alarming right? The trouble is, American presidents have, in the past 50 years, piled on dozens of ongoing emergencies. […]

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Commentary: The EV Subsidy Train Picks Up Speed (July, 2019)

July 16, 2019 By John McClaughry Chairman Anthony Roisman of the Public Utility Commission has made it official. Vermont is facing a “Pearl Harbor moment”. We in Vermont must launch a “wartime effort” like the United States did in 1942, to establish dominance over the lurking menace of “climate change”. The occasion for this alarming […]

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Commentary: 40 Days of Futility on VT Health Connect (June, 2019)

June 29, 2019 By David Flemming My saga begins 7 months ago, in November 2018. Since I had to stop paying for my mom’s health insurance in 2019 when I turned 26, I wanted to make sure that I could buy health insurance before it lapsed. I really only had one choice: the VT Health […]

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Guest Commentary: What Happened to Rule of Law?

By John Klar Not content with disrupting the business of the Vermont House, climate change protestors popped up again to disrupt another much-loved public event. On June 8, Brattleboro hosted its annual celebration of local agriculture, the “Strolling of the Heifers” Parade.  A small group of climate change protesters obstructed the Parade for about fifteen […]

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Commentary: The Authoritarian/Totalitarian Plastic Bag Ban (June, 2019)

By Rob Roper Activists and politicians around Vermont are preening with pride about having passed the nation’s broadest ban on plastic bags and plastic products, with a promise (in the form of a study committee) of more to come. As citizens of an ostensibly free society founded upon the principle of limited government, this is […]

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