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Test (Part II)
By Martin Harris
numbers (for the 4th grade reading exam, for example) are doubtless
quite close: 221 (out of a possible 500) compared to a US average of 217.
These numbers mean that, as in Vermont where the number is 227, about 2/3
of all students can't make "proficient" which means, in turn, that they
can't function at grade level. Keokuk edu-crats and Board have gone a step
further to conceal test results they can't easily defend; they've adopted
their own State test, on which Iowa kids mysteriously show as 78%, not
36%, proficient. These are the results they publicize.
by the Numbers
By Peter Behr
Education is a hugely important
subject. It involves the well-being of our children in the present as well
as the future, and the well-being of our nation, also in the present and,
most certainly, the future. So the news that our schools are not delivering
students able to achieve satisfactory grades in achievement tests in reading
and math attracts a lot of attention, as it should.
Bob and the Secret Ballot
By John McClaughry
secret ballot became an indispensable part of Labor's arsenal in the never-ending
battle to advance workers' interests against what Sen. Bernie Sanders today
calls "the Rich and the Big Corporations". In fact, as recently as 2001
then-Rep. Sanders, true to a century of Labor doctrine, wrote "we feel
that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that
workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they might not otherwise
choose." But that was then, and now is now. Last week the labor unions
came to Montpelier to get from the Democratic House a "card check" bill
to take away the secret ballot in union representation elections. --John
McClaughry is President of the Ethan Allen Institite
An Occasional Newsletter from the Legislature
By Rep. Thomas F. Koch,
week I wrote that unless H.526, the "act relating to education quality
and cost control," was sufficiently different on Tuesday than it was on
the previous Thursday, it could get sent back to committee to hang on the
wall. On Tuesday the unchanged bill was brought back to the House for consideration,
but this time the votes were there to pass it. So what changed over the
weekend? Suffice it to say that "minds were changed." ... This week we
saw what could be a new chapter in Kennedy’s book [Profiles in Courage].
Representative Jon Anderson, newly appointed by Governor Douglas to fill
the vacancy created by Rep. Francis Brooks’ election as Sergeant at Arms,
voted to sustain the governor’s veto of the mid-year Budget Adjustment
# # #
Week’s Mail Bag
Dear True North Editor:
Will taxes be going up in Vermont
this year? With the solid Democrat majority in the legislature, they
say their focus is on creating jobs but, they need more revenue to fulfill
their agenda. Shumlin/Symington vow not to increase taxes but their
past actions speak louder than words.
If you drive a car,
I’ll tax the gas
If you try to sit, I’ll
tax your seat
If you get too cold, I’ll
tax your heat
If you take a walk, I’ll
tax your feet
---from “The Tax Man” by
From heating fuel taxes to
pay for contractors to insulate homes and gas guzzlers’ tax to pay for
someone else’s transportation, to increased taxes on commercial real estate
transactions to subsidize our dairy farmers, there’s never enough money
The Democrats are in charge
and control purse strings. They increased the minimum wage and eliminated
secret ballots for workers on union representation. They introduced
a ”rich” couple’s income tax for those earning over $100K and another tax
to pay for Canadian-style “universal coverage” health care.
Medicaid is still under funded
by $60M. This hidden tax is paid by high health insurance rates that
are 2X the national average. Democrat leaders are now asking for
$500,000 to create a health care rationing board in the event there’s a
tax shortfall. We’ll pay with our lives through rationing.
Gov. Douglas campaigned on
an affordability agenda and the Democrats echoed the same concern to win
votes. After the election Democrat veterans indicated our tax burden
isn’t bad and the rich still have the capacity to pay higher taxes for
the greater good. Then, ignoring the voters’ mandate for a major
property tax reduction, they proposed spending millions to expand education
to pre-kindergarten children.
Art Woolf’s Off the Rail’s
data showed that if we don’t start controlling spending, “virtually all
state revenues in 2030 will be needed to pay for just for education and
human services.” What state government needs should be in balance
with what Vermonters can afford.
Mr. Taxman, spare me a dime
or your victims will vote with their feet.
Frank Mazur, South Burlington
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Dear True North Editor:
There was a letter in the
Saturday, 3/25 edition of the Times Argus from ML Marshal, from Duxbury,
preceded by another frequent writer with a Vermont sounding name, Strat
Douhat - both full of vitriol and baseless humor regarding the Iraq War.
Dear Me !! Is it a liberal’s divine right to be cute, ignorant and
blindly biased and we [conservatives] are expected to tolerate their malignant
On the other hand, if I as
a conservative respond in kind then I am being hateful and mean spirited?
So here goes my in kind comments:
The Marshal letter is a childish
attack on one of the very few conservative radio talk shows in Vermont.
He attacks True North Radio, its host Paul Beaudry and the previous host,
UVM English professor Laurie Morrow. In addition, many of the loyal fans,
and the editors, of True North have been the target of hateful mail and
commentary from the left. Most of it is written anonymously while the
few that do sign their names they usually engage in mindless diatribe with
little or no basis of fact.
ML Marshall suggests an Iraq
vacation for Paul and his military guests. I would like to send a counter
offer to the writer, and his ilk, for a free one way transport to Iran,
Sudan, Venezuela, Cuba or any country where the dictators surely appreciate
their thinking and share their views. Bon Voyage! Send us a few more
letters and cards if they will let you!
Had ML Marshall tuned into
True North Radio and listened, with open mind, to Colonel Russell,
or many other knowledgeable guests including our elected representatives,
Marshal would actually have a first hand lesson in reality - not the liberal
propaganda to which he apparently has fallen prey.
legislative branches are controlled by liberals, (as well as our
Congressional delegation) with their “Vast Military Experience” coupled
with their myopic world view, weren’t concerned with facts but only their
bias and passed an Vermont anti-Iraq War resolution. And then they listened
to expert military testimony only after the fact -- Cindy Sheehan and a
few ex-military people with a robust anti-war position. The wisdom of Colonel
Russell was simply ignored. So much for robust and open minds doing the
people’s work and solving problems. It’s political partisan business
as usual in Montpelier.
Furthermore, it has been
devastating these past 40 years to witness the growing liberal, hedonistic
Vermont’s media, the powerful NEA, and elected leftist Democrats and Progressives.
As a fourth generation Vermonter having come home from Southeast Asia in
1969, I have seen my Vermont conservative values being destroyed
by the growing political dominance by leftist ideologues. During
the Vietnam War while Vermont’s bravest, brightest and best were away defending
liberty, America, the Constitution and Vermont’s values, this state was
being stolen by the left that set about poisoning two generations of our
school children with the backing of the NEA.
But as discouraging as it
is we can still Take Back Vermont. And conservatism, on which this
country flourished, can survive and thrive if only enough true patriots
will stand up and wake up to carry on the legacy of our founding fathers
and our constitutional republic.
Failing to stand strong against
the evolving liberal totalitarianism will help usher in an increasingly
arrogant, intolerant and micro-managing socialist government from which
all citizens will have to suffer and soon wonder - “where did our
freedoms go?” Such a government in the 1930 and early 1940’s
faced down the Jews, the Gypsies, the disabled, the weak and even those
believing in communism (their right) and all other "politically unacceptable"
people. That happened in Nazi Germany and that hellish government preached
and justified what it did for the “good of the Fatherland.” In not
recognizing and confronting evil - the Weimar Republic died.
Many native Vermontes choosing
to move to greener pastures, say to Vermont’s sister state New Hampshire,
instead of fighting now to Take Back Vermont will be much like those German
refugees who left for Holland and France when Hitler was rising only to
have the evil catch up with them and destroy them.
Therefore, this old Vermonter
will stay here and fight as long as radio shows like True North Radio are
on the air - there is breath and fight in this body.
John R. Gilligan, Barre
"We want to have relations
with every - all countries except for Israel that is occupying and we do
not recognize." Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
on April 5, 2007
"She is doing what Condolezza
Rice is paid to do. Ms. Pelosi just didn’t take heat from Cheney She took
it from the Washington Post [liberal paper] who described this as a 'Pratfall'
- [subtitle - Nancy Pelosi’s foolish shuttle diplomacy]. There’s a very
fine line between fact finding, which is a legitimate legislative function,
and negotiating which isn’t. Now if she was fact finding, what facts was
she finding? She found the fact that Israel was ready to engage in the
peace process with Syria and Syria was ready to engage. Neither facts turns
out to be a fact !" --Pulitzer Prize and Cronkite Award winner, George
Will who is a contributing editor to Newsweek. These comments were
made on Sun. April 8 on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulus
"Now she is attempting to
introduce a new Middle East policy that directly conflicts with that of
the president. We have found much to criticize in Mr. Bush's military strategy
and regional diplomacy. But Ms. Pelosi's attempt to establish a shadow
presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish." --From the
"Pratfall" editorial in the Washington Post.
here for the entire Wash Post editorial.
"House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi may well have committed a felony in traveling to Damascus
this week, against the wishes of the president, to communicate on foreign-policy
issues with Syrian President Bashar Assad." --Comment in a Wall Street
Journal editorial on April 6, 2007, by Robert F.
Turner who was acting assistant secretary of state for legislative
affairs in 1984-85 and is a former chairman of the ABA standing committee
on law and national security.
"If Saddam defies the world
and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future.
Saddam will strike again at his neighbors. He will make war on his own
people and mark my words he will develop weapons
of mass destruction [WMD]. He will deploy them and he will use them."--President
Clinton on Dec 16, 1998 in a world wide televised message given
a few minutes after he ordered a sustained cruise missile attack on Iraq.
There is much to be said for Pres. Teddy Roosevelt's (Dem.) "gun boat diplomacy."
"It shall be the policy of
this Nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any
nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the
United States requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union."
F Kennedy during a world wide televised message assuring Nikta Kruschev
that Kennedy’s foreign policy of nuclear "Mutually Assured Destruction"
was real - the ultimate "gun boat diplomacy" that kept the peace for decades
with the Soviet Union - peace through strength diplomacy.
Again - "One ought
never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from
it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly
and without flinching you will reduce the danger . . Never, never yield
to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."
Churchill advising the European nations about confronting the rising
threat of Adolph Hitler. The Europeans failed to heed his warning. The
satanic Holocaust, and the death of tens of more millions, is a direct
result of their inaction.
# # #
Weekly News Round-Up
Statement of the Governor on Vermont's Per Capita Tax Burden
Office of the Governor,
April 4, 2007
The Tax Foundation today
released a report showing that, according to data from the Bureau of Economic
Analysis and the Census Bureau, that Vermont
has the highest per capita state and local tax burden in the country.
The report attributes Vermont's unusually high tax burden to, among other
things, skyrocketing property taxes. "Vermont's taxpayers are the most
heavily taxed in then nation at the state-local level for the second consecutive
year," the report says. "Property taxes are certainly one of the culprits."
Not time to expand pre-k school program
April 5, 2007 Burlington
The House's decision to allow
school districts to expand publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs is
an example of good intentions overcoming common sense. Here was a chance
to show resolve, if only symbolic, in holding down education costs, and
the Legislature -- with the governor's blessing -- blew it.
backs gas guzzler tax
By Terri Hallenbeck, Free
Press Staff Writer, April 5, 2007
The House Transportation
Committee voted out a bill Wednesday that would set a tax on the sale of
so-called gas-guzzler vehicles. By a 7-4 vote, the committee agreed to
include a controversial $150 tax on new cars that get 20 miles per gallon
or less in combined city and highway driving and trucks that get less than
17 miles per gallon, starting with 2009 models. Committee Chairman Richard
Westman, R-Cambridge, said the tax will boost transportation-related needs
while targeting one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
"We think people should make smarter choices," he said.
the source of global warming defense
By John McClaughry (letters
to the editor), Caledonian Record, April 6, 2007
Marsh & McLennan is a
$12 billion multinational conglomerate and an active member of the "Global
Roundtable on Climate Change." This group's goal is to magnify the alleged
problems of "global warming" in the public mind, to the end of getting
governments to install a cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emissions.
Recently Marsh sponsored Al Gore preaching his climate theology to its
invited clients. The dirty little secret behind all this is that a worldwide
cap and trade system will create huge profits for some big companies, at
the expense of the customers of others. I don't know how Marsh & McLennan
will wangle their cut of these profits. I do know how its Roundtable partners
like Alcoa, GE, and DuPont will make a bundle from it, and I'm sure that
the Marsh & McLennan people are plenty smart enough to figure out how
to make theirs.
House takes up climate bill; taxing wind projects at issue
WCAX, April 5, 2007
The committee agreed to a
surcharge of $150 for every new car that gets less than 20 miles per gallon,
including vans, and trucks that get under 17. A proposal that would have
exempted vehicles used for work from the surcharge ultimately was dropped,
but there still were complaints about the number of large trucks that would
have to pay the tax.
Caledonian Record Editorial,
April 3, 2007
The Democratic pols in Washington
had a field day. They loaded up the emergency war funding bill in the House
with $21 billion worth of earmarks. Not to be outdone, Harry Reid loaded
up the Senate sister bill with $22 billion in earmarks. Just for the record,
here are some of the amounts and the pork projects that they hung on it:
$74 million for peanut storage in Georgia, $25 million for spinach growers
in California and $100 million for citrus growers in Florida and California.
school studies option of going private
By PETER HIRSCHFELD, Times
Argus, April 1, 2007
As lawmakers in Montpelier
wrangle over a bill aimed at stemming school costs in Vermont, at least
one town is considering opting out of the public education system altogether.
...The concept isn't new. In 1998, Winhall, a southern Vermont town approximately
the same size as Woodbury, closed its public elementary school. Winhall
residents say that at the time enrollments were declining and that they
weren't happy with student performance and the public school's per-pupil
costs of more than $13,000 per year. The town dissolved its public school
in the spring and, three months later, in the same building, opened The
Mountain School in Winhall. Last year, the school had a total of 57 students,
nearly double the number enrolled in 1998, and its per-pupil costs, at
approximately $12,000 including special education and transportation costs,
are less than they were 10 years ago.
first week for Montpelier legislator
by Terri Hallenbeck, Burlington
Free Press, April 9, 2007
By casting a "no" vote Thursday
as the House leadership tried to override the governor's veto of the budget
adjustment act, Anderson went against his party just as the party was taking
the first test of its veto muscle. The vote was three shy of overriding
the veto. Anderson said he thought a lot about his vote, and ultimately
decided the Republicans' argument on the issue made more sense than the
# # #
Coming Democratic Tax Increase
By W. James Antle III, American
Spectator, April 3, 2007
Last week, House Democrats
passed a budget blueprint that would wipe out existing tax cuts while mostly
ignoring the rising costs of the alternative minimum tax. With an anticipated
take of $400 billion over five years, the result would be a bigger tax
increase than Bill Clinton's in 1993 -- the one that helped cost Democrats
control of Congress the following year.
F. Kennedy on Taxes
From "The Interesting History
of Income Tax," by William J. Federer. "Lower rates of taxation will stimulate
economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income
as to yield within a few years an increased – not a reduced – flow of revenues
to the federal government."
Places 2007: See
how much you'll play in income, sales and property taxes around the country.
By David Ellis, CNNMoney, April 4, 2007
Supreme Court's Bad Science and Bad Decision
By Alan Caruba, The Eco-logic
Powerhouse, April 05, 2007
Sometimes the Supreme Court
makes spectacularly bad decisions, and this was manifest on April 2 when
five of its nine members yielded to the specious argument by twelve states
and several environmental organizations that the science of "global warming"
was so conclusive that it could declare that carbon dioxide (CO2) should
be regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "a pollutant."
of carbon credit scheme cashing in on it
By Judi McLeod, Canada Free
Press, April 5, 2007
There's an elephant in global
warming's living room that few in the mainstream media want to talk about:
the creators of the carbon credit scheme are the ones cashing in on it.
of Opinion: Why we believe in global warming
By Holman W. Jenkins Jr.
, Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2007
Power "Renaissance" Moving Beyond Talk to Real Action
CERA Press release, April
Governments and businesses
around the globe have moved beyond talking to real action to renew development
of nuclear power, and have created "good prospects for a major nuclear
expansion over the coming decades," according to a new analysis by Cambridge
Energy Research Associates (CERA).
against Gonzales falling apart
by Ruben Navarrette Jr.,
San Diego Union Tribune, April 4, 2007
The real reason I feel queasy
about the ongoing persecution of the attorney general is because the case
for his ouster – Pundits and Politicos v. Gonzales – is slowly falling
undermines foreign policy (and is praised by terrorists)
Shelbyville Times Gazette,
April 7, 2007
Even the left-leaning Washington
Post called Pelosi's unauthorized trip "foolish" and "ludicrous." Unfortunately,
they left out the part about it being unconstitutional and a gross violation
of the Logan Act.
in Damascus: Nancy Pelosi's foolish shuttle diplomacy
Washington Post Editorial,
April 5, 2007
Nancy Pelosi commit a felony when she went to Syria?
By Robert F. Turner, Wall
Street Journal, April 6, 2007
By Thomas Sowell, Townhall,
April 3, 2007
All that Pelosi's trip can
accomplish is to advertise American disunity to a terrorist-sponsoring
nation in the Middle East.... Such a drastic and irresponsible step
should remove any lingering doubt that the Democrats' political strategy
is to ensure that there is an American defeat in Iraq, in order to ensure
their own political victory in 2008. That these political games are
being played while Iran keeps advancing relentlessly toward acquiring nuclear
weapons is a fateful sign of the utter unreality of politicians preoccupied
with scoring points and a media obsessed with celebrity bimbos, living
a Terrorist Victory in Iraq By Frank Salvato, The American
Chronicle, March 29, 2007
By Joel Mowbray, The Washington
Times, April 5, 2007
Ask most Americans if they
were aware that Iraqis, by almost a 2-to-1 margin, believe that life today
is better than it was under Saddam Hussein, and you'd most likely elicit
incredulousness, blank stares or outright laughter. Not because it isn't
true, though. It is. The mainstream media just forgot to mention it.
Black Eagle Update: Militia resistance subsiding
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp
APO AE 09342
No. 20070407-17, April 7,
AD DIWANIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi
Army soldiers along with Multi-National Division – Baghdad and Multi-National
Division – Center South forces continued Operation Black Eagle in the city
of Ad Diwaniyah today to continue disruption of militia activity and return
security and stability of the city back to the government of Iraq.