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Time to Strengthen Laws to Protect Vermont’s Children from Sex Crimes
By Lt. Governor Brian Dubie
Recently, we learned of a
tragic crime committed against an innocent child in Bennington County.
All Vermonters are deeply saddened and outraged by that rape of a 4-year-old
child by an adult man. Adding to our outrage at this terrible crime is
a sentence that includes no jail time for this convicted child predator.
A year ago, Vermonters watched as a man who sexually abused a young girl
over a 10-year period received a 60-day sentence. -- Brian Dubie is
Vermont's Lieutenant Governor.
The Pro-Abortion State
By Mary Beerworth
Vermont is one of only a
very few states that allow abortions to be performed by non-physicians
(physician assistants, nurse practioners, and nurse mid-wives). The only
statute that pertains to abortion in Vermont is a requirement that each
"induced termination of pregnancy" be reported to the Vermont Department
of Health within 7 days, for the purposes of data collection. ... --Mary
Hahn Beerworth is Executive Director of the Vermont Right to Life Committee.
for the first E-State
By Kelly Bartlett
What agency is better equipped
to teach technology: old-fashioned schools or global and competitive
businesses such as IBM? If property taxes were the number one constituent
issue going into elections last November, why exacerbate the problem by
building new schools? I suggest that the only new school Vermont can afford
at this point is an e-school, a school with such low overhead it can be
started in an empty state office room.... -- Kelly Bartlett lives in
Sides on Taxing and Spending
By John McClaughry
Senate President Peter Shumlin
is so terrified by the supposed threat of man-made global warming that
he has made the legislature spend two weeks seeking a way for Vermont to
avert it. He was not similarly terrified by a high-tax state government
living beyond its means. [Regarding a statutory cap on the growth rate
of General Fund] Shumlin's actual words were "very skeptical", but it was
clear that what he meant by that was, "over my dead body". --John McClaughry
is President of the Ethan Allen Institute.
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Week’s Mail Bag
Love the Radio Show!
Thank you Paul for all your
hard work. You have all my support. Its time to make a change in Montpelier.
The left need to go. Thanks for being there every day, love the program.
--Chuck In Duxbury
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Weekly News Round-Up
Aid Strains Political Unity
By Nancy Remsen, The Burlington
Free Press February 2, 2007
Rob Roper, newly elected
chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, issued a statement charging Shumlin
with inconsistency on new taxes. In one breath Roper noted that Shumlin
said the state didn't have any more capacity, then he "snuck around" and
supported a tax increase. …
save least in 73 years
By Martin Crutsinger, The
Associated Press, February 2, 2007
People are saving at the
lowest level since the Great Depression, and that could be a problem for
the millions of baby boomers getting ready to retire.
Afraid, Be Very Afraid
by Michael Quaid, Executive
Director Vermonters for Tax Reform, January 30, 2007
Pressure is building in Montpelier
for passage of a single-payer, government-run, taxpayer-financed health
care plan. If you liked Act 60, then you’ll love this plan, because the
author is the same person. And of course, the same ideology is behind both
ideas -- the misguided belief that a primary role of government is the
redistribution of wealth. Currently, the only plausible suggestions for
funding this mandatory scheme are massive increases in the payroll and
income tax, as though Vermonters weren’t already being crushed by one of
the nation’s highest tax burdens.
Future I am Worried About
by Arthur Woolf, The Vermont
Economy Newsletter, January 29, 2007
The Burlington Free Press
continues to give some of its most valuable real estate to stories on global
warming and what Vermonters can do about it. This Sunday, the page one
article above the fold was titled The
Future Lives Here. I hope not. The article featured a new development
in Hinesburg with homes that are extremely well insulated, use new building
and energy technologies, and essentially take no electricity from the grid.
This makes them "net zero" homes, which are energy self-sufficient. That
all comes at a steep price. At $425,000 to $450,000 for a 1,600 to
1,800 square foot home, the article notes that these houses are 50% more
expensive than the average-priced new house built in Chittenden County,
which cost $333,500. But they are probably even more expensive than that.
Protesters Hit Statehouse
By James Jardine, Caledonian
Record, February 2, 2007
Newark Citizens for Justice
told legislators the statewide school property tax is forcing people off
their land and making it impossible for Vermont's youth to purchase a home
and begin a life of their own in Vermont. Members of the group spent time
on the walkway in front of the Statehouse delivering a message that the
statewide property tax is unjust. …
end to complaints or suggestions on property taxes
By Nancy Remsen the Burlington
Free Press February 2, 2007
Jim Stevens, 67, is retired,
but works two part-time jobs as a mail carrier and bus driver to supplement
his retirement income. He said he and his wife live on less than $24,000
a year in a home they purchased in Newark six years ago. Thursday he drove
to Montpelier with some of his neighbors to complain about the growing
burden of his property taxes. "My tax has gone up 53 percent since I came
here," he told members of the House Education and Ways and Means committees,
the two House panels charged with examining ways to curb school spending
and property tax growth. "I don't know why you have to tax us to death."
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The Patriot Post, February
Last month the Czech capital
of Prague announced its decision to erect a monument to honor Ronald Reagan.
And why not? Similar monuments to the man already exist in Budapest and
Warsaw, and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. ... It is entirely proper that
our nation's 40th President be memorialized in cities once shrouded by
the Iron Curtain. According to one Czech paper, after his 1983 "Evil Empire"
speech, "President Reagan was probably the most hated and ridiculed of
all the Western leaders by the former communist regime. The communist media
relentlessly condemned what they called 'Reagan's war-mongering' and the
arms race." Then again, these were state-run media whose leading insights
on America came courtesy of CNN.
Following Reagan's death
in 2004, Czech Senator Jan Ruml, a pro-democracy dissident imprisoned under
the communist regime, recalled the significance of the U.S. President's
staunch support for himself and his compatriots. "In the 1980s we placed
our hopes in Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher," said Ruml. "The fact
that someone out there called communism by its proper name and actually
did something to promote freedom and democracy helped us a great deal.
Ronald Reagan was the man instrumental in bringing down communism and we
should all remember him with great respect as the man thanks to whom we
are enjoying our present freedom."
Surge” Trumps Abortion Protest
Media Research Center Reality
Check, January 31, 2007
Obviously, the networks believe
some demonstrators are more newsworthy than others. It might just depend
on whether the cause is liberal or conservative. On Monday, January 22,
none of the networks sent a Washington reporter a few blocks down to the
March for Life. CBS and NBC offered brief anchor snippets noting “both
sides” of the abortion debate would protest on the anniversary of the Roe
vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, ignoring that one side brings tens of
thousands to Washington, and the other side numbers in the tens. ABC did
nothing. But over the weekend, the Big Three networks were much more eager
to publicize tens of thousands of protesters in Washington just six days
later for a different cause: against the war in Iraq and in favor of the
impeachment of President Bush.
By Jack Ward, Environmental
Conservation Organization, January 29, 2007
During President Eisenhower's
Address to the Nation,' he warned the nation about the 'Military-Industrial-Complex.'
It was an ominous warning that sinister powers could subvert good intentions.
We now know that Eisenhower's speech-writer had originally referred to
the "Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex", clearly indicating that
Congress was also deeply involved in this sinister process. But Eisenhower
was urged to remove "Congressional" in order to placate the guilty members
of Congress. President Eisenhower was concerned that the military (charged
with protecting the country), the industries (that supply the military
with the tools of war), and the Congress (that appropriates the money),
would conspire to create a threat when none really existed. Eisenhower's
warning was valid then, and a similar threat exists today. The new threat
is the Environmental-Media-Congressional-Complex (EMCC). Environmental-Media-Congressional-Complex
operates just as the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex operated.
Plan Includes Cradle Control
By Karen R. Effrem, MD,
Environmental Conservation Organization, January 29, 2007
Marc Tucker’s "new and improved"
School to Work opus, Tough Choices or Tough Times, besides treating
our children as mere widgets or "human capital" to be used as government
and industry see fit, also seeks to begin wresting control from parents
about what our children think and believe as early as possible, even before
Growth, Economic Justice, and Public Policy
By Richard Vedder, American
Enterprise Institute, February 2, 2007
My message is somewhat more
optimistic and skeptical of the analysis suggesting that vast portions
of the American populace are languishing economically. Let me very briefly
touch on three points. First, the conventional measures that are typically
cited to denote greater inequality are fundamentally flawed and grossly
overstate inequality in this nation, and the growth in it over time. Second,
even if one accepts the proposition that America has insufficient equality
of economic condition, history tells us that public policy efforts to deal
with the problem often are ineffective. Third, some policies that conceivably
might lower inequality as conventionally measured would, if adopted, have
serious adverse consequences to the economy as a whole.
on the Record: The President visits with the Journal editorial board
Opinion Journal, February
President Bush came to Wall
Street yesterday to tout the continuing good economic news, and afterward
he sat down for 45 minutes with a few members of this newspaper's editorial
board. If Mr. Bush is beaten down by the polls and his party's loss of
Congress, he isn't showing it.