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Cuts aren’t Partisan when Hatred is Removed
Rob Roper, State Director of FreedomWorks-Vermont. More at www.freedomworks.org/vermont
(07/24/06) "It has been gratifying to watch the debate in Vermont papers
about tax cuts and how they have proven to effectively raise government
revenues. That the final if begrudging concession by the Times Argus editorial
page, 'Score one for President Bush…' came on my birthday, was particularly
Faces a Demographic Free Fall
By Tom Licata (07/24/06)
"In The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill’s stated purpose
was 'to show how easily the tragedy of the Second World War could have
been prevented.' In Churchill’s time, as now, a storm was brewing
but "people were viewing it and not doing anything". An economic
storm is brewing in Vermont."
Day Journalist Versus Old Time Values: The Search for Ernie Pyle
By Phil Kiver, Author
of 182 Days in Iraq (07/24/06) "….Even
in the dark hours after D-Day when Pyle wrote about the horrible death
and destruction along the beach, the troops were already inland. America
was winning! Pyle was there to relate those important facts to America.
Today’s journalists seem to take pleasure in reporting when Americans are
losing. Often completely ignoring positive stories that take place on a
Editors Note: This
piece is longer than usual (about 6000 words), but Phil Kiver’s perspective
as a soldier and journalist in Iraq coupled with his appreciation for history
is invaluable. This is a refreshing, must read! We look forward to sharing
more of Phil Kiver’s writing in TrueNorthRadio.Com in the future.Related:
Days in Iraq
Education Costs: Solution Five
By John McClaughry, President
of the Ethan Allen Institute. More at www.ethanallen.org.
biennial election season is upon us, and there is no shortage of candidates
keen on showing the voters that they feel the pain of soaring property
taxes. When it comes to actually doing something about it, most candidates
fall strangely silent...."
Week in Review
relief debate divides Statehouse
By Louis Porter, Times
Argus, July 18, 2006
"…. nearly everyone agrees
on the problem — that taxes and school spending are too high. But again,
as with the two-year fracas over adopting a government health system or
maintaining a private one, this time Democrats and Douglas don't agree
on how to sort it out. Residents will just have to hope that in the end
they make a deal that works….
to impeach: Events nationwide aim to educate public about impeachment
By Kathryn Casa, Vermont
Guardian, July 14, 2006
have been organized in more than 100 U.S. communities, including three
in Vermont — Waitsfield, Burlington, and Brattleboro — where they are precursors
to a month-end impeachment organizing effort featuring anti-war activist
Related -- Pacifists
by Thomas Sowell, July
"….'Peace' movements don't
bring peace but war…. The most catastrophic result of 'peace' movements
was World War II. While Hitler was arming Germany to the teeth, 'peace'
movements in Britain were advocating that their own country disarm 'as
an example to others.' ….British Labor Party Members of Parliament voted
consistently against military spending and British college students publicly
pledged never to fight for their country. If 'peace' movements brought
peace, there would never have been World War II. Not only did that war
lead to tens of millions of deaths, it came dangerously close to a crushing
victory for the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese empire in Asia…."
Free Press Staff Report,
July 22, 2006
"A Montpelier elementary
school behavioral specialist [bold, italics added] has been
disciplined for pulling a developmentally disabled student across a carpeted
floor and causing the student to suffer a carpet burn…."
period ends with full slate of candidates
By Darren M. Allen Vermont
Press Bureau, July 18, 2006
...By Tuesday, Sept. 5,
voters need to register in order to vote in the primaries — and minor party
and independent candidates need to file their intentions to run in the
Nov. 7 general election....
plan $600,000 ad buy in Vermont
By Darren M. Allen Vermont
Press Bureau, July 21, 2006
candidate Peter Welch is expected to be the beneficiary of more than $600,000
worth of television advertising between mid-September and the election
in an effort by national Democrats to "do what it takes" to ensure his
Washes Out McCain Visit
By Kristin Carlson, Channel
3 News, July 22, 2006
"….McCain's plane could
not land in the bad weather, a clear disappointment for Rainville, whose
campaign had hoped the visit would boost her bid for the U.S. House…"
Park: The Oil for Food scandal yields its first conviction
By Claudia Rosett, WSJ
Opinion Journal, July 20, 2006
"While the United Nations
frames its next response to crisis in the Middle East, its last grand venture
in that region--Oil for Food--has finally resulted in a guilty verdict
in open court. Last Thursday, a high-rolling, globe-trotting South Korean
businessman named Tongsun Park was convicted in the Southern District of
New York of conspiracy to launder money and act as an unregistered agent
of Saddam Hussein's Iraq…. Prosecutors argued that he used this foothold
to help Saddam corrupt the 1996-2003 Oil for Food program from the start,
the aim being to undermine the U.N. sanctions and ultimately remove them
altogether. In return, Mr. Park got at least $2.5 million from Iraq, with
a promise of millions more to come…."
Nations Eyes Global Taxes, Senate May Act
By Richard Rahn, July
"….The U.N. crowd has proposed
an international tax on aviation fuel, a tax on airline tickets, taxes
on international currency transactions, carbon use taxes, including a 4.8-cent
tax on each gallon of gasoline, and other taxes on an extensive range of
transactions, goods and services…. Sens. James Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican,
and Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, also seeing the threat to national sovereignty
and global economic prosperity, have introduced a bipartisan bill known
as the "Protection Against United Nations Taxation Act of 2006" (S.3633)."
Related -- Statement
by Senator Patrick Leahy In Support of Additional UN Peacekeeping Funds
- Senate Floor - May 3, 2006
Propose National School Voucher Program
By Diana Jean Schemo,
New York Times, July 19, 2006
"With Education Secretary
Margaret Spellings joining them in a show of support, Congressional Republicans
proposed Tuesday to spend $100 million on vouchers for low-income students
in chronically failing public schools around the country to attend private
and religious schools…."
You Hugged a Hummer Today?
Hybrid vehicles' overall
energy costs exceed those of comparable non-hybrids. By Shikha Dalmia,
Reason, July 19, 2006
"…. But despite all these
drawbacks, hybrids are at least better for the environment than say…..
a Hummer, right? Nope. [Art] Spinella spent two years on the most comprehensive
study to date – dubbed "Dust to Dust" -- collecting data on the energy
necessary to plan, build, sell, drive and dispose of a car from the initial
conception to scrappage…. Comparing this data, the study concludes that
overall hybrids cost more in terms of overall energy consumed than comparable
non-hybrid vehicles…. But even more surprising, smaller hybrids' energy
costs are greater than many large, non-hybrid SUVs."