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not hard to see the pattern here: a State which was rural and conservative
in the late’50’s and early ‘60’s, welcoming in such operations as Eveready
and IBM and Standard Register then, has become exurban and liberal, and
is now predominantly anti-growth, anti-capital-investment, pro-regulation,
pro-governmental expansion, and so on. With a population of 630,000, it
isn’t worth the hassle factor to try to do business here, these companies
are deciding. As employers exit, so do working-age young adults, explaining
why Vermont now has the heaviest out-migration rate for the age 25-to-44
cohort in the country, and is illustrated by a lower unemployment rate
than you’d expect with such continuing job loss. Not too surprisingly,
when these young families leave, they take their kids with them, explaining
why school enrollments have dropped in recent years, 9 percent between
’97 and ’06 alone. --Martin Harris is the former president of Vermont’s
Citizens for Property Rights.
Voice for the Voiceless
to Dr. Sunny Anand, director of the Pain Neurobiology Laboratory at Arkansas
Children’s Hospital Research Institute, "The pain perceived by a fetus
is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older
children . . . the highest density of pain receptors per square inch of
skin in human development occurs in utero from twenty to thirty weeks gestation."
Varney a retired elementary school teacher, with 30 years of teaching experience
-pre-K to Adult Education. She lives in South Hero
Competitiveness in the Global Economy
an age of economic globalization, this means becoming competitive, not
just in relation to other states around the U.S., but in the global economy.
There are voices that would have us retreat from the global economy. This
is not wise advice. Not only is it an approach rooted in fear rather than
hope but it is more likely to lead away from greater prosperity. As the
State new Economy Index points out:
"Workers employed in export oriented
firms earn 10 percent more than workers in similar firms that export less."
in particular are dependent on the global economy. While exports account
for an average of about seven percent of a state’s "Gross State Product",
they account for about 15% of Vermont’s GSP according to an FDIC State
Profile. In short, our economy is more than twice as dependent on foreign
trade than the national average.
- An Occasional Newsletter from the Legislature
Thomas F. Koch, Barre Town
have completed our four weeks of "education" on global warming. Whether
anything will come of it remains to be seen. And if something does come
of it, the question remains whether we will like it. What has been interesting
is to hear the off-the-record comments among legislators concerning this
emphasis on global warming. I will not repeat any of the comments or attribute
them to those who have made them, and I am certain that if global warming
bills come to the floor, the private comments will not be reflected in
public speeches or votes; suffice it to say that the enthusiasm for the
global warming issue is far from universal. -- Thomas F. Koch is a Representative
in the Vermont State Legislature.
Moms for Jessicas Law
Lisa Carlson, Vermont Mothers for Jessicas Law
Our goal is to make our children
safe. In past years, laws have been passed in Vermont in spite of the fact
that a majority of Vermonters opposed them. We must again show a majority,
but this time we need to ensure that legislators listen to the people they
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Week’s Mail Bag
Dear True North Editor:
Your article on child abuse
is missing the fact that politicians keep judges in place that do as they
want. It's your legislators [too]. . . We have systematic and incremental
bills already enacted into law that allow perverts access to younger children
[under 16]. Read H.358.
"An Act Relating to Consensual
Sex Between a Person Who s 16, 17 or 18 Years old and a Person Who is 14
or 15 Years Old." This bill was sponsored in 2001 by Representatives Hooker
of Rutland City, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Crowley of West Rutland, DePoy
of Rutland City, Dostis of Waterbury, Reese of Pomfret and Vinton of Colchester.
And second, read a 2003-04 House Bill, H.132 whose stated purpose is "to
decriminalize consensual sex with a person under the age of 16 if the other
person is within three years of such person's age." This bill was sponsored
by Representatives Kainen of Hartford and LaVoie of Swanton. We also re-elected
[AG] Sorrell . . [and] The judicial conduct board states in their news
release that they aren't making decisions on whether decisions are valid
. . but then do so in their news releases and not one news group bothers
to pursue that actual decision by the board.
--Laura Brueckner, Waterbury
Editor's note: From a
search of the legislative tracking system (go to site) and communication
with two of the Representatives mentioned above, it was learned that H.132
and H.358 were introduced to committee but not enacted into law.
Editor's note: the following
letter to the editor was originally sent to the Stowe Reporter as a follow
up to a letter sent previously. However, for reasons unknown the Stowe
Reporter would not print it. The author of this letter, Tom Trevor, asked
True North if we would print it.
Dear Stowe Editor:
Thank you for publishing
an editor's note that confirms what I wrote in my letter (Stowe Reporter
2/1/07). Nothing in the editor's note refutes one word of what I wrote.
I did not claim that human activity has not increased CO2. Nor did I claim
that the temperature has not risen in the last century. That is the what
the web site that you quoted said is known with near certainty. They also
claim that increases in CO2 tend to warm the planet. That might be true
if all things are equal. However, in a dynamic system like the climate
all things are never equal. The Web page you cite then states under "likely"
only one item, and it is that there is more scientific evidence than there
used to be that some of the warming in the last 50 years might be caused
by humans. But the web site says this is not proven. The web site then
goes on to list the following things that are uncertain and improved science
is needed to fully understand them. Here is the quote: "What's Not Certain?
Important scientific questions
remain about how much warming will occur, how fast it will occur, and how
the warming will affect the rest of the climate system including precipitation
patterns and storms. Answering these questions will require advances in
scientific knowledge in a number of areas:
That was the point of my letter,
that with so many uncertainties it does not make sense to spend huge amounts
of money to stop something that we probably will be unable to stop."
Improving understanding of natural
climatic variations, changes is the sun's energy, land-use changes, the
warming or cooling effects of pollutant aerosols, and the impacts of changing
humidity and cloud cover.
Determining the relative contribution
to climate change of human activities and natural causes.
Projecting future greenhouse
emissions and how the climate system will respond within a narrow range.
Improving understanding of the
potential for rapid or abrupt climate change."
--Tom Trevor, Stowe
"It's very hard to stop people
who have no shame in what they're doing, It is very hard to stop
people [Republicans] who have never been acquainted with the truth." --
Hillary Clinton addressing liberals in Washington, DC in May of 2005.
"I have a willingness to
make tough decisions . . . An ability to talk to people directly without
shading the truth." --Now DNC chairman Howard Dean on August
"The most interesting theory
that I've heard so far – which is nothing more than a theory, it can't
be proved – is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis." --Howard
Dean while the Democratic front runner in 2004. Dean is just speaking
directly, we guess, "without shading the truth."
"A lie can travel halfway
around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." --Mark
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Weekly News Round-Up
Rage Against New State Health Plan
Scott Monroe, Stowe Reporter, February 8, 2007
called it yet another unfair state tax on a selective group. Many said
they’re confused and frustrated by its burden of both time and money. ...
About 30 local employers turned out Tuesday night for a forum in Stowe
on Vermont’s new state-organized health-insurance program.
Is Counterfeit Self-Respect
Record Editorial, February 9, 2007
of the most damaging educational fads of the last 25 years is the deification
of self-esteem as the be-all and end-all of education. The whole PC educational
establishment believes self-esteem is the sine qua non of personal, physical,
emotional, moral, and spiritual growth and success for growing children.
In the name of self-esteem, we sacrificed all competition - in grades,
sports, behavior, accomplishments, and every other measure of how one person
might be better than another at anything. Above all, there can be no failure,
hence, no acknowledgement of achievement, either. One demands the other.
The theory is that if a kid feels good about himself, he will grow into
a really happy and successful person.
Schools look to staff cuts as they prepare budgets
February 12, 2007
school districts are trimming staff to keep costs down as they prepare
budgets for town meeting votes. In the Rutland South Supervisory Union,
officials struggled to find an acceptable per-pupil cost and budget increase,
said Superintendent Walter Goetz.
Sacrificial Lamb In Cate's Plan
Record Editorial, February 14, 2007
influence and control will dramatically shrink, perhaps even disappear.
Creating larger districts will have the effect of reducing voter involvement
and participation, thus putting more distance between a tax-eating entity
and the folks to whom it's supposed to be responsive. Just consider how
few citizens attend our current supervisory union meetings, or how many
frankly don't know anything about their structure or even where they meet
and when. Before somebody says that's their fault, the net effect is the
same. Cate's plan will eliminate the grass roots. The DOE would love that.
It's the grass roots that keep getting in the way of the bureaucracy, which
has its own life. Cate's plan will effectively pull the door shut behind
the bureaucracy in the face of local input.
Been a State ATM for 10 Years
Dave Mathews, The Stowe Reporter, February 8, 2007
account for these cash withdrawals was education. The password was Amanda
Brigham. Most of the deposits came from places with or near hills featuring
long vertical drops, such as Stowe, Killington, Stratton, Manchester, Okemo,
Woodstock and Dorset. And it was indeed a sneak attack, aided and abetted
by a state judicial branch apparently determined to force its will, much
like the U.S, Supreme Court behaved in the 2000 election debacle.
Drop the Cigarette (The Comb, and the Flute) and Drive
February 8, 2007
lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban eating, drinking, smoking,
reading, writing, personal grooming, playing an instrument, "interacting
with pets or cargo," talking on a cell phone or using any other personal
communication device while driving. The punishment: a fine of up to $600.
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Needs Resolve, Not a Resolution!
Radical Islamists started
the war against America, but it's up to the U.S. to finish it
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio,
Chicago Tribune, February 16, 2007
"There is no question that
the war in Iraq has been difficult. All Americans are frustrated [that]
we haven't seen more success more quickly. But war is never easy and almost
never goes according to plan. Al Qaeda and their supporters in the region
have been steadfast in their efforts to slow us down and frustrate our
efforts to succeed. But because they cannot defeat Americans on the battlefield,
Al Qaeda and terrorist-sympathizers worldwide are trying to divide us here
at home. Over the next few days, we have an opportunity to show our enemies
that we will not take the bait."
the Dishonor Roll
Congress "supports the
troops" while emboldening the enemy
Thursday, February 15, 2007
"History is likely to remember
the roll... A newly confirmed commander is about to lead 20,000 American
soldiers on a dangerous and difficult mission to secure Baghdad, risking
their lives for their country. And the message their elected Representatives
will send them off to battle with is a vote declaring their inevitable
Free Republic, Ferbruary
as for Sadr, this will destroy him and his Mahdi Army. ABC reports that
Sadr wants to try to run the Mahdis from Teheran, but his credibility as
a jihadi just tanked. Who's going to fight for someone who won't stand
up for himself? And the Iranians surely have to be thumping their foreheads
over his bug-out. The US had just demonstrated that the Iranians had backed
the insurgencies, which the Iranians disputed, and the chief of the Shi'ite
militias announces that he's going to become a remote-control general from
their turf. It's going to be very difficult for anyone to pretend that
Iran has not actively fueled the insurgencies while Moqtada directs his
armies by long-distance telephone calls.
cleric flees Iraq for Iran
Truth About Poverty: Bad Choices, Not a Bad Economy, Are to Blame
Steven Malanga, Chicago Sun-Times, Ferbruary 4, 2007
not that the adults who head families in poverty don't earn enough; they
don't work enough. Left-wing critics often charge that nowadays "work doesn't
work" in our "broken" economic system, by which they mean that wages are
so wretched that the poor can't lift themselves up, even when employed.
But the community survey informs us that an adult working full-time heads
up fewer than 16 percent of all impoverished New York households, and only
18 percent in Chicago. Among single-woman-headed households, just 14 percent
work full-time in New York and 11 percent in Chicago.
it may be hard to work full-time as a single mother unless you can afford
child care. Yet in both New York and Chicago, ever more women—especially
poor women—are choosing to have kids without a husband. The census shows
that about 33 percent of all births annually in New York and 43 percent
in Chicago are out of wedlock, though the data vary widely by race. In
Chicago, for instance, Asian Americans have the lowest out-of-wedlock rate
(6 percent) and blacks the highest (71 percent). Most shocking, perhaps,
is that more than half of women having children out of wedlock in New York,
and 60 percent in Chicago, are already in poverty or wind up there within
a year of giving birth. Those births to poor, unmarried women partly explain
why both cities have a higher than average overall poverty rate; since
their illegitimacy rate is above the nation's, a greater percentage of
children are born directly into poverty in both New York and Chicago than
Child Let Ahead
press release from the Ayn Rand Institute, February 14, 2007
problem is not just with No Child Left Behind," said Dr. Keith Lockitch,
resident fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute. "The problem is inherent in
the very system of public education, itself. When people's tax dollars
are taken to pay for the education of other people's children, there is
no way to distribute those dollars fairly. The inevitable result is a massive
government bureaucracy making collective judgments involving millions of
students. And given the egalitarian philosophy dominating that bureaucracy,
should it be any surprise that it is our nation's best and brightest that
are sacrificed in the attempt to serve the weakest?
Skeptics Vindicated as Growing Number of Scientists & Politicians Oppose
Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, February 12, 2007
chorus of voices speaking out against the alarmist claims of man-made global
warming comes as Europe and the rest of the world acknowledge the failure
of the cap and trade approach of Kyoto. Perhaps now the alarmists will
finally take note of the accomplishments of the Bush Administration in
reducing U.S. emissions … This recent scientific and political momentum
shift to climate realism can only explain why the proponents of manmade
climate change are growing increasingly desperate to silence scientific