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Commentary: Carbon Tax Back As a Top Issue for 2020 (November, 2019)

by Rob Roper When the gavel fell on the 2019 legislative session with the house and senate deadlocked over the $15 minimum wage and a Paid Family Leave program, most of us thought those two issues would be front and center this January when the legislature reconvenes. But it doesn’t appear that Vermont’s highly vocal […]

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Commentary: California’s Lessons for Vermont (October, 2019)

by John McClaughry Of all the fifty states California has been blessed with every advantage. A mild climate. Fertile land. Tall timber. Mining riches. Strategic location for shipping, trade and finance. Great universities. Glorious scenery. And of course, Silicon Valley, the world-leading center for high technology. This year’s state budget picture is a governor’s dream.  […]

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Commentary: Rethink Health Care and Health Insurance (October, 2019)

by John McClaughry Vermonters have recently witnessed, once again, the annual battle over health insurance rate increases for individual and small business plans. It’s worth taking a long look at just what the state thinks it’s doing, and how it does it. Families and small businesses purchase health insurance plans to protect themselves from the […]

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Commentary: Climate Activist Hypocrisies Exposed (September, 2019)

by John McClaughry As this Global Climate Strike week moves forward, let me share an interesting perspective on the “defeat climate change” movement from somebody who believes in all the climate apocalypse hype – but seems to have suddenly awakened to the interests promoting it. Michael Donnelly is a forty-year veteran of environmental activism. He […]

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Commentary: Education or indoctrination? (September, 2019)

By Rob Roper The week of Sept. 20-27 has been dubbed by several activist, special interest and lobbyist organizations as a “Global Climate Strike and Week of Action.” The idea is to convince a bunch of people to walk off their jobs, block traffic, picket offices and businesses, and generally disrupt the rest of the […]

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Commentary: Get Ready for Climate Strike Disruption (September, 2019)

by John McClaughry Get ready for the Global Climate Strike. This will occur in Vermont, and around the world, on September 20 and continue with “actions” throughout the ensuing week to publicize a frightening “climate emergency”. The Climate Strike activists have been taught to believe that the Earth is relentlessly heading toward a climate disaster. […]

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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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