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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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Commentary: A New Front in the Endless Battle Against Climate Change (June, 2019)

by John McClaughry The Long Range Transportation Plan of 1995 reaffirmed as the highest priority the maintenance and improvement of Vermont’s highways and bridges. Hardly anyone disagreed. But beginning in earnest in 2006, climate change activists have succeeded in progressively shifting the emphasis of transportation policy toward reducing CO2 emissions and defeating climate change. Gasoline […]

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Commentary: A Legislative Wrap-Up for 2019 (May, 2019)

By John McClaughry The 2019 legislative session is now history, and it’s worth taking stock of its accomplishments, both positive and negative. On the plus side, the FY2020 general fund budget is balanced (up 3.1%), that is, it’s balanced if the $55 million FY2019 surplus projected last January actually shows up. The main reason for […]

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Commentary: Politicizing Our Kids and Rising Suicide Rates (May, 2019)

By Rob Roper A month or so ago several national media outlets covered a study about spiking teen suicide rates. And not just suicide: “We found significant increases in major depression, serious psychological distress which includes anxiety and hopelessness and suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among teens and young adults with smaller, more inconsistent increases […]

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Commentary: Public Policy Informed by Science, Not Nixonesque Fear Mongering (May, 2019)

May 10, 2019 By David Flemming Last fall, the Vermont Department of Health announced that it was considering adding new chemicals to Vermont’s Safe Product Act, giving Vermont the chance to make its blacklist of chemicals more scientific. Unfortunately, activists are trying to stigmatize many of these chemicals before their effects can be scientifically tested. Some […]

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Commentary: Sneaking In the Seat Belt Mandate (May, 2019)

by John McClaughry The Vermont House is, for the seventh time over 37 years, trying to enact a primary seat belt law for over-18 drivers.  Worse yet, this time its backers are trying to slip their cherished bill through where it won’t be noticed. Fortunately, it’s been noticed.  Here in Q&A format is what you […]

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