North Archives - January 23, 2007
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again, the State of Vermont has let a vicious child molester off lightly,
and once again a child's life has become a political cover up.... [37-year-old
Andrew] James upped the criminal ante and molested a 4-year-old boy. After
cutting a deal with prosecutor Andrew Costello, James pleaded guilty and
Judge David Howard sentenced him to probation and mandatory "treatment,"
which means this monster is walking around free right now.
sex offender had history of past assaults (01/20/07) Andrew C. James
of Manchester, who has attracted national attention because his sentence
for sexually assaulting a now-5-year-old boy allows him to avoid jail,
has two previous convictions for violent crimes that in some way involved
Expensive Future of Early Education
current inclusion of U-pre-K pupils in Act 60’s weighted-cost-per-pupil
calculation (that determines residential property tax rates) results from
a Departmental rule that extralegally amends the education statutes. To
set this right, the legislators will actually have to vote on the record.
Then, for the first time, their constituents can find out who voted to
open the door to as much as $70 million a year in Education Fund spending….
– John McClaughry is president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org)
to the Numbers
few States, Vermont included, don’t publicize these National Assessment
of Educational Progress test results; they purchase, deploy,
and publicize the results of local tests, for which scores somehow seem
to be higher and opportunities for data-comparison with other states are
much lower…. – Martin Harris is the former president of Vermont’s Citizens
for Property Rights.
Cold Hard Look at Global Warming
first order of business is to get a bit more realistic regarding the timeframe
we look at when assessing climate change on a global scale. I have often
wondered why most of the analysis of so-called global climate changes deal
with such a short time frame when one considers that the earth has been
undergoing 100,000 year cooling and warming cycles for several hundred
million years. In hopes of addressing this problem I went to the
web site of the PaleoMap Project…. – Robert Maynard lives in Williston
the New Year Bring Change?
Vermonters could all live in igloos and survive the winter on root vegetables,
but our contribution to the diminution of global warming would be inconsequential.
(Don’t get me wrong, global warming is real, but it is a national and world
problem, and Shumlin is only trying to divert attention away from Vermont
issues he doesn’t want to face.) Stick to the subject, Pierre…. – Pete
Behr writes a regular column for the Vermont Standard
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Week’s Mail Bag
lived a long time and have observed many wars and Presidents, back to and
including WWII. and FDR. In my lifetime, 18 of our family have served in
the military. I have two Sons and a Granddaughter in service now. My youngest
son is flying to Iraq as I write this. Never have I been more disgusted
and disappointed at any group of my fellow citizens than I am now at those
that rant and rave over the Iraq phase of the war on terror.
phase of the war on terror probably would have been over by now but for
all the reckless, unprincipled rhetoric by irresponsible undisciplined
Americans. During WWII politics stopped at the water’s edge. Most Americans,
back then, honored the saying, "Loose lips could sink ships" by discouraging
critical loose talk. Concerning this war, we’re in it, we must win it.
To get beat and retreat is not an option.
prolongs the Iraq war and encourages the enemy any more than boisterous
dissension in our ranks. The biased, hate Bush press with their power hungry
political accomplices, have continually given aid and comfort to our enemy
since 9-11. Support our troops by zipping those loose lips.
those undisciplined loudmouths realize that those blood-thirsty, death
worshipers will stop at nothing to see us dead and Democracy destroyed?
Can’t they bridle their tongues long enough to give the Iraqis an opportunity
at freedom? Those unrestrained loose talkers undermine and endanger all
Americans and especially the lives of our brave and dedicated troops. They
encourage our evil enemy, every time they lip off.
on people, wake up and support our troops and don’t let your blind hatred
for our President cause you to commit treason. Don’t feed more venom to
the already biased media. They have enough on their own without your help.
Pray for our troops and ZIP YOUR LIP!
Don Griffes, East Charleston
Weekly News Round-Up
Funding problem is spending, not funding source
Business, January 2007, Page 6 of a PDF document.
Vermont schools are spending 26 percent more than they were five years
ago, even with fewer students to teach…. -- consolidating or closing --
schools would likely be high on the solution list…. Of course, another
way to overcome boundaries is to let students and parents ignore them.
If students and their educational vouchers were free of municipal boundaries,
free choice of schools would ultimately bring about mergers, consolidations,
resource sharing arrangements….
see court ruling further weakening access law
January 14, 2007
advocates say a court ruling that the South Burlington School board violated
Vermont's open meeting law marks a further erosion of the public's right
of access to government…. Sabina Haskell, editor of the Brattleboro Reformer
and president of the Vermont Press Association, said Vermont's lax treatment
of open meeting and open records violators does little to deter officials
from violating them.
coach's crimes came to light after arrest
Daphne Larkin Times Argus, January 21, 2007
does a man with eight misdemeanor convictions in Vermont and an arrest
warrant in North Carolina on a crack cocaine possession charge, who has
been indicted for negligent vehicular homicide with DUI and heroin possession
charges stemming from an accident last August in New Hampshire, get hired
by a school as a coach for 12- and 13-year-old boys? One way is to not
return the paperwork required for a criminal background check.
Modest growth predicted for Vt. in 2007
Bruce Edwards, Rutland Herald, January 15, 2007
economy is expected to grow modestly this year, tracking the national economy,
according to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston…. But
Douglas also warned that Vermont must get its spending under control, especially
education spending. It's a problem, he said, that can't be solved by shifting
education funding to the state's income tax. "If income is growing at 3.5
percent (a year), and spending is going up at 6 or more, we'd have to raise
the income tax every year," Douglas said. "It's not a question of shifting
to some other tax source, it's a question of getting spending under control…."
Filaments declares bankruptcy
JOHN FLOWERS and JOHN McCRIGHT, Addison Independent, January 15, 2007
Filaments Inc. formally announced on Thursday that it will be filing for
bankruptcy under Chapter 7, thereby sending the company’s 175 workers into
the market in search for new jobs….
ballot question won't have congressional help
Briggs, Burlington Free Press, January 21, 2007
two U.S. senators and one congressman are not interested in urging a new
investigation into the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. ...Democratic
Sen. Patrick Leahy, a persistent critic of the Bush administration, said
in an e-mail from his spokesman, David Carle, that he "respects the work
and the findings of the 9/11 Commission. Their report was highly critical
of the failures and miscues they discovered, and they recommended a wide
range of reforms. "Since then," the e-mail continued, "some have come up
with their own theories, and that's always the case after major events
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is not an option
A. Kissinger, The International Herald Tribune, January 18, 2007
George W. Bush's bold decision to order a "surge" of some 20,000 American
troops for Iraq has brought the debate over the war to a defining stage.
There will not be opportunity for another reassessment. The Baker-Hamilton
commission has powerfully described the impasse on the ground. It is the
result of cumulative choices — some of them enumerated by the president
— in which worthy objectives and fundamental American values clashed with
regional and cultural realities.
Pre-Emptive War Against Iraq "Surge"
Research Center, January 11, 2007
the time President Bush delivered his Iraq speech Wednesday night, the
news media had spent several days engaged in what the military calls "preparing
the battlefield." The media's air war against the plan to try to actually
win the Iraq war assured that most of Bush's audience would have already
heard journalists claiming the new mission is wrong-headed and doomed to
failure." -Media Research Center
in Your Wallet?
Tax Legacy: A showdown looms in 2008
Journal, January 6, 2007
the field of economics there are few more definitive tests than the results
from the tax cuts of 2003. Critics predicted disaster, supporters the opposite,
and the supporters can point to more than three years of prosperity as
vindication... However, those lower tax rates are set to expire at the
end of 2010, and the Democrats who now control Congress want them repealed.
The 'pay-as-you-go' rules that the House just passed would make their extension
all but impossible. What this means is that if Congress merely fails to
act, the tax cuts expire and the economy will be hit with one of the largest
tax increases in history in 2010.
Chair Bernanke: Impending Baby Boomer Retirement Could 'Seriously' Weaken
January 18, 2007
Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress Thursday that the economy
could be gravely hurt if Social Security and Medicare aren't revamped and
urged lawmakers to tackle the nation's thorny fiscal issues sooner rather
than later. "If early and meaningful action is not taken, the U.S. economy
could be seriously weakened," Bernanke said in testimony to the Senate
sun moves climate change
By Lawrence Solomon, Financial
Post, January 05, 2007
For more than a decade, Henrik
Svensmark of the Danish National Space Center has been pursuing an explanation
for why Earth cools and warms. His findings -- published in October in
the Proceedings of the Royal Society -- the mathematical, physical sciences
and engineering journal of the Royal Society of London -- are now in, and
they don't point to us.
Al Gore Melt? If not, why did he chicken out on an interview?
By Flemming Rose & Bjorn
Lomborg, January 21, 2007
Al Gore is on a mission.
If he has his way, we could end up choosing a future, based on dubious
claims, that could cost us, according to a U.N. estimate, $553 trillion
over this century. Getting answers to hard questions is not an unreasonable
expectation before we take his project seriously.