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Commentary: Allowing Illegal Votes Is Voter Suppression (July, 2017)

By Rob Roper We can all agree that baring someone who is eligible to vote from doing so is a grave injustice. It robs a citizen in our representative republic of their voice in the process of governance. This is unacceptable. However, allowing somebody to vote who is not a legally eligible voter has the […]

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Commentary: Freedom and Community Revisited (July, 2017)

by John McClaughry Over the holiday weekend , rummaging through old file boxes in the barn, I came across a folder of my five-minute commentaries aired on WDEV radio thirty years ago. Most of them dealt with issues now long forgotten, but the final one in 1988, entitled “Vermont’s Future”, got my attention. So here […]

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Commentary: Governor and Legislature Agree on Tax Increase – Next Year (June, 2017)

By John McClaughry  The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what – and what lies ahead. In January Gov. Phil Scott strongly urged a budget with no tax rate increases. To their credit, the Democrats in the legislature obliged, […]

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Commentary: Climate Resolution Is A Farce Upon A Farce (June, 2017)

By Rob Roper The last thing the Vermont House of Representatives did before leaving town was pass H.R. 15, a resolution “strongly opposing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement… and recognizing Governor Phil Scott’s enrolling Vermont in the U.S. Climate Alliance.” It passed 105-31. Hey, look at us! We love the environment unlike […]

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Commentary: The Push for National Single Payer Healthcare (June, 2017)

by John McClaughry As the Republican Congress struggles to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the political landscape is steadily shifting Since the Democratic Congress enacted Obamacare in 2010 (without a single Republican vote), Democrats have increasingly been on the defensive about their creation.  The individual mandate that Obamacare relied upon to corral healthy young people into […]

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Commentary: Scott’s Second Act Will Be Much Harder (May, 2017)

by Rob Roper Governor Phil Scott came into office pledging to put Vermont’s wounded economy back on the right track. After one legislative session he gets high marks for accomplishing an important first step in saving the patient: stopping the bleeding. The new governor drew a line in the sand, threatening to veto any new […]

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Commentary: Seizing the Teacher Health Insurance Opportunity (May,2017)

by John McClaughry The sudden political struggle over health insurance for unionized teachers isn’t over but some useful lessons are emerging.  This struggle was triggered by a provision of ObamaCare called “the Cadillac tax”. Starting in 2018, plans with premiums of over $10,800 a year for individuals and $29,500 for families will face a crushing […]

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Commentary: Four Very Serious but Widely Ignored Threats (May, 2017)

by John McClaughry If you watch the news media, and especially the accounts of things like the Peoples’ March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, you would believe that the most critical  problems facing America are deportation of immigrants for entering the country illegally, employer resistance to paying low skilled workers $15/hour, carbon dioxide emissions that […]

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Commentary: If Science Is the Standard… (April, 2017)

By Rob Roper Folks celebrated Earth Day this year with a “March for Science” around the nation. The marchers’ message is, ostensibly, that policy should be based on science and not things like emotion, morality, or politics. But is this really what they’re after? Or is this more of an attempt to legitimize their own […]

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Commentary: Four New Bills to Levy a CarbonTax (April, 2017)

by John McClaughry Not so long ago – 2015 – the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Their argument was straightforward. Humankind’s penchant for making use of fossil fuels is (so they believe) inexorably driving the planet […]

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