Common Sense Radio

Ethan Allen Institute Sponsors Common Sense Radio with Bill Sayre, broadcasting from from Station WDEV on both the Airwaves and the Internet.

Weekdays: 11 o’clock till noon.

On the airwaves at:  96. 1 FM,  550 AM, 96.5 FM, and 101.9 FM.

On the Internet with live streaming from:  http://wdevradio.com/stream/

Call numbers for the show are 802-244-1777 or 877-291-8255.Sayre Rotator

 

 

The Schedule of Upcoming Shows of Common Sense Radio can be found on the Ethan Allen Institute Facebook Page.

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Below are Links to Recordings of Selected Past Episodes of the Show, highlighted in bold.

Monday, Monday, May 21st, 2018. Entrepreneur Paul Ralston joins Bill to discuss the power of the prize, and apply the idea to an innovative way to improve water quality, while at the same time producing renewable energy, and providing much needed income to our small to mid-sized dairy farmers.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. How does UVM Extension help our farmers succeed in difficult times. Extension’s Jenn Colby and Bill explain.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. Does the political culture at American colleges tend to stifle free speech there, particularly for students and faculty with conservative beliefs? Professor Robert Letovsky​, and students Ryan Wurmsdobler and Ryan Lawrence take a closer look.

Thursday, May 24th, 2018. What does it take to start or grow a successful business in Vermont? Live from the Vermont Business Expo, Bill interviews exhibitors and attendees.

Friday, May 25th, 2018. What are the key factors affecting the cost, quality, and availability of health care in Vermont? Blue Cross and Blue Shield President Don George examines with Bill.

Monday, Monday, May 14th, 2018. As Legislators prepare for a veto session, will they work with the Governor to balance the budget without raising taxes? Rob Roper and Bill explore.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. Sugarbush President Win Smith joins Bill for an update on the ski season, and perspective on the Legislative Session.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. What legislation may prove harmful to our rapidly growing high tech industry. Vermont Technology Alliance’s Jeff Couture and Matt Dodds join Bill to take a closer look.

Thursday, May 17th, 2018. Why has health care reform been so quiet this year? What controversial proposals are simmering beneath the surface? Megan Hansen and Bill explain.

Friday, May 18th, 2018. Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Betsy Bishop joins Bill to preview the Vermont Business Expo, and to review the Legislative Session.

Monday, May 7th, 2018. As a showdown looms between the Governor and the Legislature, the biggest question before them is this: are taxes too low, or is spending too high? Rob Roper and Bill examine.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018. What factors affect the cost, reliability, and environmental impact of the energy we use in Vermont? Guy Page and Matthew Strong explore.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. Why is it so difficult for any person or company to beat the stock market? Dan Cunningham and Bill investigate.

Thursday, May 10th, 2018. Who are Vermont’s young entrepreneurs, and what new products and services are they creating to propel the Vermont economy into a prosperous future. Lake Champlain Chamber’s John Antonucci and Bill take a closer look.

Friday, May 11th, 2018. What challenges and opportunities lie ahead for our loggers as they strive keep our forests productive and healthy? In particular, what role do women play in making this happen? Live from the Loggers’ Expo in Essex Junction, Colleen Goodridge, Kathleen Wanner, Wendy Farrand, Eileen Townsend, Errol Peters and Rocky Bunnell join Bill to explain.

Monday, April 30th, 2018. As the Legislature enters the last few weeks of its Session, what are the major issues yet to be resolved? Rob Roper and Bill examine.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018. What are the chief challenges facing Vermont farmers, on the land, and in Montpelier. What is the best way forward? Vermont Farm Bureau’s Jackie Folsom and Bill review.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018. What should we know about Governor Scott’s proposal for slowing the growth in education spending and property taxes? Jason Gibbs explains, in conversation with former Governor Jim Douglas and Bill.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. How will new legislation affect Vermont job creators, job holders, and job seekers? Lake Champlain Chamber’s Cathy Davis and Bill take a closer look. Later Trey Martin joins Cathy and Bill to consider the important role of outdoor recreation in the Vermont economy. .

Friday, May 4th, 2018. How should, and should not, tax and regulatory policy be crafted to encourage entrepreneurs and other businesses to invest, grow, and hire in Vermont? Superior Technical Ceramic’s John Goodrich and Bill take a closer look.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018. As the Legislation enters its last few weeks, what are the major issues yet to be resolved? Rob Roper and Bill examine.  Also, Bill Driscoll calls about manufacturing issues and Eileen Townsend about the upcoming Loggers’ Expo.
 
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018. Has the Endangered Species Act succeeded, or has it worked against its own purposes? What is a better way? Heritage Foundation’s Rob Gordon and Bill take a closer look.
 
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018. What factors should we consider to improve our understanding of the economy and financial markets? Gabe Lajuenesse and Bill review.
 
Thursday, April 26th, 2018. What policies will help the economy grow, while keeping the cost of living affordable for our families, and the cost of doing business affordable for our job creators? Bill Moore and Bill explain.
 
Friday, April 27th, 2018. Is an opiate tax a good idea for Vermont? Americans for Tax Reform’s Patrick Gleason and Bill examine the unintended consequences of raising tax rates. And they discuss better ways to address the opiate crisis.

Monday, April 16th, 2018. What has caused the great nations of history to fail, and what must our nation do to avoid the same fate? David Flemming and Bill explore.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. How would a trade war with China affect the families and businesses of Vermont? St. Michael’s College Prof. Robert Letovsky and Bill examine. Later John McClaughry and Bill address the question of whether school consolidation actually slows the growth in education spending in Vermont.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. Did you know our population, in most Vermont counties, is declining? What will this mean for our economy, our demands on the public treasury, and our capacity to pay taxes? Art Woolf and Bill review. Later Veronique de Rugy and Bill take a closer look at the issues at stake in the Supreme Court case to decide whether a State can for businesses in another state to collect taxes on internet sales.

Thursday, April 19th, 2018. What are the economic challenges and opportunities for Burlington and for Vermont? Kurt Wright explains, with Tom Torti and Bill.

Friday, April 20th, 2018. Remembering the first Earth Day, and understanding how best to sustain a healthy environment. Bill interviews free market environmentalist scholar, R.J. Smith.

Monday, April 9th, 2018. Can tariffs hurt the very people they are designed to help? Rob Roper and Bill consider the unintended consequences restricting free trade, along with other controversies in Washington and Montpelier.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, Celebrating the 275th birthday of Thomas Jefferson, John McClaughry and Bill explain why his ideas are still important to us today..

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. Why are high tech stocks such a big part of the stock index, and why are they so volatile lately? One Day in July’s Dan Cunningham and Bill examine.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018. Why are the economics of producing milk so difficult for our farmers, and how will that difficulty affect us all? Bruce Shields and Matthew Strong take a closer look.

Friday, April 13th, 2018. How can we sustain our working forests, if our loggers don’t have insurance? Will changes in insurance rates, coupled with stricter safety standards, improve the situation? Sam Lincoln and Bill explore.

Monday, April 2nd, 2018. Controversial proposals before the Vermont Legislature: new taxes, school safety, and voter fraud. Rob Roper and Bill review.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, How can we tell if Vermont health care is drifting toward single payer? Robert Emmons, Chris Wright, and Bill explain

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018. Live from the Central Vermont Jobs Fair, Bill interviews four with special perspective in how best to help our young people start their careers. Emily MacFadyen of ReSource, Chris Manning of National Life, Josh Fitzhugh, and Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle.

Thursday, April 5th, 2018. What can we learn about Vermont products from the entrepreneurs exhibiting at the Made in Vermont Marketplace? Vermont Business Magazine’s John Boutin and Bill take a closer look. Ryan Christiansen of Caledonia Spirits, Kate Whelley McCabe of Vermont Evaporator, and Andrew Mill of Andrew’s Woodworking.

Friday, April 6th, 2018. The Emerald Ash Borer, recently discovered in Vermont, is a forest pest that weakens and eventually kills while ash trees. Should we be concerned, and if so, what should we be doing about it? Vermont Ag. Agency Entomologist Judy Rosovsky and Bill explore.

Monday, March 26th, 2018. What controversial proposals are before the Vermont Legislature: new taxes, gun control, and wage restrictions. Rob Roper and Bill review.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018. Where are the best places to work in Vermont. Vermont Business Magazine’s John Boutin and Bill interview three award winners. Bob Foley of New Chapter, Kevin McCollister of Catamount Solar, and Ernie Pomerleau of Pomerleau Real Estate.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018. What are the most important energy issues affecting the families and businesses of Vermont? Guy Page and Matthew Strong explore.

Thursday, March 29th, 2018. How do we best grow the economy and make Vermont more affordable, while protecting the most vulnerable. Lake Champlain Chamber’s Tom Torti and Bill explain. Later, Vermont Senate Pro Tempore Tim Ashe joins Tom and Bill to discuss competing ideas about how best to raise the income of low income workers.

Friday, March 30th, 2018. What is the Snelling Center, and how do they build skills for present and future leaders in Vermont government, business, education, and our communities. Mark Snelling, Suzanne Trahey, and Bill take a closer look.

Monday, March 19th, 2018. Are property taxes too high because income taxes are too low? Rob Roper and Bill examine the Legislature’s plan to reduce property taxes by raising income taxes.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018. What are the chief challenges facing Vermont Agriculture, and how do we best overcome them? Vermont Ag. Secretary Anson Tebbitts, and Bill explore.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018. Are markets shifting toward locally grown and processed wood products, just as they have for locally grown and processed food products? Tree House Hardwoods’ Lucas Jensen, and Bill take a closer look.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018. How do we best grow the economy, while making the cost of living more affordable for our people and the cost of doing business more affordable for our job creators? Tom Torti and Bill explain.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018. What can we learn from the web site known as The Informed Vermonter? Malcolm Stewart, its author, and Bill, review.

Monday, March 12th, 2018. Have our opinions changed about School Safety and the 2nd Amendment, after the tragic shootings at a school in Florida, and a near tragedy at a school in Vermont? Bill Moore, of the Vermont Traditions Coalition, and Rob Roper examine..

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018. What are the most important energy issues facing Vermont, and what role should government play in addressing them? Guy Page and Bill review.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018. What is the Agency Problem, what does it mean for investors, and how can it best be addressed? One Day in July’s Dan Cunningham and Bill explain.

Thursday, March 15th, 2018. What is the Vermont Farm Bureau and what issues are most important to our farmers as they sustain the rural economy, environment, and culture? Bruce Shields and Matthew Strong explore.

Friday, March 16th, 2018. How can students with conservative beliefs exercise their rights of free expression, contribute to the diversity of political opinion, and compete in the marketplace of ideas. Rob Roper and David Flemming take a closer look.

Monday, March 5th, 2018. Taxes and Tariffs and Take Home Pay.. How do we best raise the income of the Vermont and American people? Rob Roper, Fred Baser, and Bill explore.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 What is the Farm Service Agency, and what important role does the Agency play in sustaining Vermont Agriculture? State Director Wendy Wilton and Bill examine.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. How can we harness the energy and creativity of entrepreneurs, markets, and innovation, to improve water quality in Vermont? Paul Ralston and Bill investigate.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018. What new taxes might the Legislature impose upon the individuals, families, and businesses of Vermont. Vermont Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom and Bill take a closer look.

Friday, March 9th, 2018. Why are sustainable working forests and farms, and traditional ways of earning a living and recreating, important to keeping alive Vermont’s rural culture, environment, and economy. Bruce Shields and Ed Larson explain.

Monday, February 26th, 2018. Has our view changed about school Safety and the 2nd Amendment, after the tragic shootings at a school in Florida, and a near tragedy at a school in Vermont? Rob Roper and Bill examine.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018. Why is important to understand our Millennials, if we are grow the workforce and the economy, improving opportunity and prosperity for all. Jim Black and Bill explore.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. What is the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, and how do it help control costs, while sustaining quality in Vermont health care services? Executive Director Catherine Fulton, Director of Transformation, Lee Bryan, and Bill take a closer look.

Thursday, March 1st, 2018. Why is workforce training important to the future of Vermont’s construction industry, and why is the construction industry important to the future of the Vermont economy? Tom Clavelle and Gina Catanzarita of Engelberth Construction, Mary Ann Sheahan of the Vermont Talent Pipeline and the Vermont Business Roundtable, and Bill explain.

Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Why is the F 35 good for our families, our economy, and our national security? Frank Cioffi and Bill review. Later, what is the Earned Income Tax Credit, and why is it a better way to help low income families than government regulation of wages? Economist Art Woolf and Bill consider.

Monday, February 19th, 2018 What are the most important energy policy issues facing Vermont, and how do they affect the cost of living for our families, and the cost of doing business for our job creating enterprises? Guy Page and Bill review.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. What important opportunities and challenges lie ahead for Vermont’s largest electrical utility? Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell and Bill examine.

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018. What’s outlook for the American economy, and how will that outlook, and other factors, affect the American stock market? Gabe Lajeunesse and Bill investigate.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. How will advances in technology and science affect the competitiveness of Vermont businesses, and the lives of the Vermont people? Dan Feliciano and Bill explore.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018. Why is skiing so important to the Vermont economy, environment, and culture? How is the industry doing this winter? And how policy in Montpelier affects the industry, and its customers? Sugarbush CEO Win Smith takes a closer look, with Bill.

Monday, February 12th, 2018 What do the Vermont Senate and the Federal Veterans Administration have in Common? And how does what they have in common affect the cost of health care, and patient choice? Rob Roper and Bill explore.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018. Why is it important for government to live within its means, if the economy is to grow, and people are to keep more of the money they earn? Former Governor Jim Douglas and Bill explain.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Should we be concerned about the recent declines in the stock market? Why or why not? One Day in July’s Dan Cunningham and Bill take a closer look.

Thursday, February 15th, 2018. What can we learn from the Buildings by Design Conference about how to use energy more efficiently as we construct new places to work and live? Efficiency Vermont’s Karen Glitman, Tom Torti, and Bill review.

Friday, February 16th, 2018. How will a Carbon Tax affect the families, businesses, and economy of Vermont? Jonathan Lesser and Bill examine.

Monday, February 5th, 2018. Will the Legislature allow Vermont taxpayers to keep the $30 million in Vermont tax savings, resulting from the tax cut in Washington DC? Rob Roper and Bill investigate.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018. What is captive insurance, why is Vermont an international leader in the captive insurance industry, and what can we apply from the success of Vermont’s captive insurance industry to other parts of Vermont? Peter McDougall, of Paul Frank and Collins, explains with Bill.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018. What is pro-active management, and how can we use it to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Vermont government, and the competitiveness of Vermont business. NPI’s John Burton and Bill take a closer look.

Thursday, February 8th, 2018. How can learning the history of how Lake Champlain and her River Tributaries have contributed to our economy in the past, help build and sustain Lake based tourism for our Vermont economy today and in the future? Maritime Museum’s Art Cohn, Lake Champlain Chamber’s Tom Torti, and Bill explore.

Friday, February 9th, 2018. How do we best create opportunity and prosperity for Vermont and her people? The Vermont Chamber’s Betsy Bishop and Bill review.

Monday, January 29th, 2018. Why all the controversy over using a computer in Montpelier to do your car inspection? Valerie Mullin, Rob Roper and Bill Sayre investigate?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018. Is there a way to keep phosphorus from getting from our farms into Lake Champlain, while at the same time producing renewable energy? Live from the Vermont Farm Show, Bill Rowell, Paul Ralston, and Bill Sayre explore

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. What role does Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity play in creating future leaders agricultural leaders? Live from the Vermont Farm Show, Laurence C Jost, Terry Gulick, and Bill examine. Later John Buck and Bill review the work of the Vermont Woodlands Association in promoting better understanding of how sound forest management creates better habitat for song birds.

Thursday, February 1st, 2018. Live from the Vermont Farm Show, Chris Hill of Lely Robotic Milking Systems, with Bill, describe how new technologies improve the lives of our Vermont Dairy Farmers. Later, Agri-Mark Co-op’s Bob Wellington and Bill take a closer look at the effect of low milk prices on our farmers, and how dairy cooperatives help offset the decline, through the manufacture and sale of value added products, like Cabot cheese, yogurt, and butter. As Bob and Bill continue in their discussion of challenges and opportunities facing Vermont agriculture, they are joined, from time to time, by UVM Extension leader Chuck Ross, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, and Congressman Peter Welch.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018. Why is it important for State government to live within its means, with no increase in taxes and fees, if we are to grow the Vermont economy, and improve affordability, while protecting the vulnerable. Governor Phil Scott explains with Bill. Later, Art Woolf and Bill review the latest economic trends, and what they mean to the future of our our Vermont families and businesses.

Monday, January 22nd, 2018. Will a government mandated minimum wage of $15 per hour help or hurt low income individuals and families? David Flemming and Bill take a closer look.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018. What are the best ways to control education spending, and thereby, property tax burdens? Vermont Business Magazine’s Tim McQuiston and Bill explore.

January 24th, 2018. What is the single most pressing problem facing Vermont, and what should be done to address it? Saint Michael’s College’s Professor Robert Letovsky wants to know what you think.

Thursday, January 25th, 2018. What is financial literacy, why is it important, and how well are we doing compared with other states in the nation? Champlain College’s John Pelletier and Bill investigate.

Friday, January 26th, 2018. Why did the Framers of the Constitution believe the right to bear arms is a fundamental, and uniquely American, individual freedom? And should the Vermont legislature impose restrictions on that freedom? Chris Bradley, Bill Moore, and Bill explain.

Monday, January 15th, 2018. A review of some controversial issues upcoming in Montpelier: gun control, bicycle fee, poverty, Medicaid, property taxes and carbon taxes. Rob Roper and Bill Sayre take a closer look.

Tuesday, January 16th , 2018. How could Vermont rank 49th in business climate competitiveness, why should we care, and what must we do to improve? Bruce Shields and Bill explore.

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. What are the most important energy issues facing Vermont, and how do we best address and resolve them? Guy Page and Bill examine.

Thursday, January 18th, 2018. Are we in danger of losing our free trade agreement with Canada, and why should we want to make sure that doesn’t happen? Trade expert Birgit Mattisen, joins Tom Torti and Bill to explain.

Friday, January 19th, 2018. Are higher taxes and stricter regulations necessary to improve the lives of the Vermont people? Bill investigates

Monday, January 8th, 2018. With more people migrating from Vermont than migrating into Vermont, along with slow economic growth, and some of the highest taxes of any State in the nation, what are the priorities for our Vermont Legislature? Marijuana legalization, government set wages and prices, and higher education taxes. Rob Roper and Bill review.

Tuesday, January 9th , 2018. What should we know about the central Vermont economy, and how can we best promote opportunity and prosperity there? Central Vermont Chamber’s Bill Moore and Bill take a closer look.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. What is the Buffet Challenge, and what can we learn from it about the stock market, and index funds? Dan Cunningham and Bill examine.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018. Will there be pension money for our Teachers and State Employees when they retire? David Coates and Bill investigate.

Friday, January 12th, 2018. Why do we say Demographics are Destiny? Art Woolf and Bill explain. Later Robert Letovsky and Bill explore the important role that entrepreneurs play in our economy, particularly entrepreneurs who are military veterans?

 Monday, January 1, 2018.  New Year’s Day.  Today’s show is a replay of a conversation with former Governor Jim Douglas about how best to grow the economy, live within our means, and create opportunity and prosperity for the people of Vermont.

Tuesday, January 2nd , 2018. What are the priorities for the Vermont Legislature in the year ahead, and how well do these priorities match with the Governor’s goal of holding the line on new taxes and spending?  Guy Page and Bill review..

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018. How will tax reform, newly adopted in Washington DC, affect our individuals, families, and businesses – in Vermont, and in America.  The Tax Foundations Jared Walczak and Bill examine.

 

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