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Commentary: Founders Didn’t Invent Slavery, They Helped End It

By Rob Roper Slavery was and is a horrible, dehumanizing institution, but to call it the United States’ “original sin” and to tear down statues and deface memorials to our founders (not to be confused with Confederate generals) is historically ignorant and dangerous. Slavery was hardly an original concept in the late 18th and 19th […]

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Qualified Immunity and Police Unionization

by John McClaughry The pressure is on, in Washington and Montpelier, to take far-reaching (and long overdue) action to insofar as possible prevent future police-citizen interactions of the sort that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Last Wednesday in Washington, Senate Democrats mustered 45 votes to prevent even consideration of a reform […]

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Commentary: Final Push for GWSA (June, 2020)

By John McClaughry It’s crunch time for the Climate Action Network’s most urgently sought legislation: The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The House passed this bill (H.688) – that I earlier described as the “worst democracy-shredding bill of the past 50 years” – back in January. The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee has been […]

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Commentary: Vermont Better Become Business Friendly ASAP (June, 2020)

By Rob Roper Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Vermont has gone from one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country to one of the highest. According to the Vermont Commissioner on Labor, 90,000 Vermonters have applied for unemployment insurance. That’s out of a total workforce of about 340,000. As we come out the other […]

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Commentary: After Covid-19, How Much Government? (June, 2020)

By John McClaughry A year from now Vermont state government will almost certainly look quite a bit different than it does now. We will hopefully have worked through much of the economic destruction of the COVID- 19 pandemic. State government will have pocketed and allocated $1.25 billion in Federal funds to cushion the pandemic’s impact, […]

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Commentary: Help Our Small Businesses Weather the Storm (May, 2020)

by John McClaughry             A major and depressing casualty of the COVID-19 economic lockdown is the calamitous effect it is having on small business, especially retail, entertainment, and restaurant firms and the service market of electricians, plumbers, and other skilled tradespeople. Massive Federal aid spending, such as unemployment payments and the Paycheck Protection Program,  provide  […]

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Commentary: The Future of Vermont’s State Colleges

May 4, 2020 By John McClaughry A year ago Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding circulated a white paper on the future of Vermont’s five-college system (not including the University of Vermont). A month ago he reinforced the worsening facts spelled out in the white paper in a letter to the governor and key legislators. […]

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Commentary: Recovery Moving Forward (May, 2020)

By John McClaughry On November 3, 1927 Vermont took a hell of a shellacking. October had been extremely rainy. Then in two days nearly a foot of torrential rain fell on most of Vermont. The soggy mountain forests couldn’t hold it.  Down it came in gushing brooks and wild brown rivers, sweeping away nearly two […]

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Commentary: Voting By Mail Needs to Be More Secure (April, 2020)

by Rob Roper Given the potential COVID-19 health risks associated with standing in line at polling places there are understandably more calls for a move to voting by mail. This may turn out to be necessary, but, if we are going to change the way we vote, we also have to ensure that the new […]

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The Return of Reactionary Liberalism – May 2009

May 2009 By John McClaughry Some years ago the columnist Charles Krauthammer penned a column on the evocatively-labeled “reactionary liberalism”. The old and true liberalism identified a social good – welfare, nutrition. housing assistance, health care for the aged, etc. It boldly declared that no civilized society could neglect such essential ingredients of social justice. […]

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Roll Call! Senate Passes Revised Global Warming Solutions Act (23-5), 2020

H.688 – AN ACT RELATING TO ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE PASSEDin the State Senateon June 26, 2020, by a vote of23-5 Purpose: The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) mandates...

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