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Danger Alert!  Vermont needs SOS
By Frank Mazur
"With cash machines like the income tax, sales tax and property taxes, Vermont government goes on a spending spree every year.  This lack of fiscal discipline is the cause of Vermont’s un-affordability we’re now experiencing." – Frank Mazur, a small business owner and former state representative, is chair of the advisory board of Vermont FreedomWorks.  Other columns can be found at

Wilderness vs. Northup: the Forest industry perspective on wilderness
By Bruce P. Shields
"….We just want government to work as promised, and not be subject to the whimsy of various trendy pressure groups like Forest Watch and Conservation Law Foundation, which use their tax exempt status to wreck the rural economy…" – Bruce Shields is on the board of Vermont Forest Products Association, and active member of the Vermont Traditions Coalition and Vermont Farm Bureau, and past director of VT Maple Sugar Makers. He lives in Wolcott.

Some Comments on State and Local Races
By Pete Behr 
"... I should probably feel sorry for Scudder Parker, since he seems to be tilting at windmills (literally), and will no doubt lose big. … I believe Dubie’s very effective stewardship will carry him to victory in November, which will be good for Vermont…. I would like to learn how Bernie Sanders prepared for his very long political career in the years following his graduation from the University of Chicago in 1964, until 1977, when his political career took off. His political handlers will not respond to my request for an account of his formative years. Anyone with information can email me." – Pete Behr writes a regular column in the Woodstock Standard (

Scudder Parker & How to Address a Subject While Not Addressing it
By Martin Harris
"If you’re in need of a chuckle this election season (in my informal survey, most respondents are) you might want to savor the rhetoric concerning the 800-pound gorilla in Vermont politics: school costs.…" – Martin Harris is the former President of Citizens for Property Rights. He writes a regular column for the Addison Eagle

Campaign ‘06

Scudder Parker, Socialized Medicine, Baby Carriages, and Machine Guns
Caledonian Record Editorial, October 9, 2006
"….It seems that no matter what the question to Parker is, his answer is to push socialized medicine. Most recently, when asked how to contain educational spending, Douglas backed a cap on annual increases in education budgets…. Implicit in Parker's answer is his all-out support of single-payer health insurance, the acceptable name for socialized medicine. It didn't matter that, as Douglas pointed out, health insurance costs comprise only 9 percent of school budgets and removing them would still leave 91 percent of the budgets…"

Sanders, Tarrant meet in first head-to-head debate
By Ross Sneyd, AP , October 8
"With four weeks to go before Election Day, Bernie Sanders and Rich Tarrant debated each other directly for the first time Sunday….'I disagree with Mr. Sanders when he votes against Amber Alert and I disagree with Mr. Sanders when he votes for the largest tax increase in history,' Tarrant said in his opening statement, even though he also said they agreed on such things as global warming, the struggles of the middle class and the growing gap between the rich and poor…."

Peter Welch’s Campaign Contribution Details on Political Money Line
Fans of tort reform may cringe at the $10,000 contribution from the Association of Trial Lawyers. Education reformers may wonder about the $10,000 from the American Federation of Teachers, which is not even the union that represents Vermont teachers (the NEA is -- they gave the Welch campaign $5,000). There's much more...

Vermont Weekly News Round Up

Town leads property tax revolt
By SABINA HASKELL, Brattleboro Reformer, October 4
"JAMAICA -- The town on Tuesday became the first in the state to ask the Legislature to repeal Vermont's statewide property tax used to fund public schools. The Selectboard voted unanimously, 5-0, to send a nonbinding resolution to lawmakers, telling them the system is 'fundamentally broken and beyond repair.' The board also chided legislators for failing to provide any tax relief for property owners and complicating an already unwieldy system…."

Tax revolt in Manchester
MIKE GLEASON, Bennington Banner, October 9
"MANCHESTER — The town of Manchester has joined the state's latest education '"tax revolt.' The Select Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to endorse a recommendation by five Republican state representatives — including Bennington's Joseph Krawczyk Jr. and Londonderry's Rick Hube — to repeal the statewide property tax in an effort to repeal Acts 60 and 68…. 'The Vermont Coalition of Municipalities has long been concerned with the formula for education funding,' Webster said. 'The Vermont League of Cities and Towns has just adopted a platform where they call on the governor and legislature to repeal Act 60.' …."

VLCT Calls for Repeal!
By Nancy Remsen, Burlington Free Press, October 6
"The Vermont League of Cities and Towns voted Thursday to recommend repeal of the laws that govern the way the state pays for schools -- including Act 60, the landmark 1997 reform law passed in the wake of the Vermont Supreme Court's condemnation of previous funding schemes. League members, meeting for their annual Town Fair at the Barre Auditorium, said they wanted action during the Legislature's next session and defeated a proposal to give lawmakers until 2009 to come up with a substitute system…."

Related: Click here to download the VLCT position paper (pdf format)

Paying for Education
Beth Parent, WCAX, October 2
"Vermont legislative leaders say they will make education funding a priority in the upcoming session. Some lawmakers even want to set a deadline for scrapping the current system, known as Act 68. Now one group has come forward with a new plan to pay for education -- but some of it's key points are already under fire. 'It's something that periodically needs to be looked at,' said Steve Jeffrey, of the Vermont League of City and Towns…."

Forest debate: Logging vs. recreation
By Lisa Rathke, Times Argus, October 9
"Rickey Harrington believes he should be able to walk, hunt, drive a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle on public land if he wants to…. 'It's philosophical and economical,' said Ed Larson, executive director of the Vermont Forest Products Association, a trade group for loggers, wood products manufacturers and landowners…. 'Ask a real Vermonter, do you want wilderness, where you can't snowmobile, go four wheelin' ... or would you like it open where you can have some access? I guarantee they'll say they want some access,' he said…."


The Gathering World Storm
By Barry Casselman, October 06, 2006 
"….The gathering storm of the 21st century is quite visible in many places in the world, but apparently not sufficiently for many Americans to see it coming. When individuals, including the president of the United States, try to warn the citizenry that this storm has yet to hit the country in full force, they are dismissed by many Americans, most of them bitter partisans of the party out of power, as well as pacifists and radical populists, as prevaricators, warmongers and incompetents…. Western civilization, with all of its warts and defects, is the only pattern of hope and true progress the larger world has ever known in its millennia of human activity…."

Did Democrats Page Mark Foley?
"Right after Mark Foley was revealed to have had inappropriate e-mail conversations with a 16-year-old page, he resigned and checked into rehab. Now, what did Democrats know, and when did they know it? Yes, you read that right: the Democrats…. Turns out both the Democrats and several newspapers seem to have known about Foley's problem as far back as last November… Why didn't they come forward then?..."

The Definition of Political Opportunism
By Ann Coulter, October 05, 2006
"….But now, the same Democrats who are incensed that Bush's National Security Agency was listening in on al-Qaida phone calls are incensed that Republicans were not reading a gay congressman's instant messages. Let's run this past the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: The suspect sent an inappropriately friendly e-mail to a teenager -- oh also, we think he's gay. Can we spy on his instant messages? On a scale of 1 to 10, what are the odds that any court in the nation would have said: YOU BET! Put a tail on that guy -- and a credit check, too!..."

The left wing’s speech thugs
New York Post, October 6 

Conservatives, supporters of Israel and others who want to win the War on Terror routinely see their First Amendment rights trashed - while the university throws open its doors to tyrants like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (the latter invitation being withdrawn under extreme public pressure). 

On a seemingly more mundane level - though the principle is important - the university recently suspended an ice-hockey club after supporters passed out recruitment flyers that contained a mildly offensive gender reference. 

It was a misdemeanor if ever there was one - but Columbia dropped the hammer on the hockey club anyway, citing "an egregious violation of the rights of the students involved." 

Well, if a sophomoric jibe on a piece of paper constitutes an "egregious violation," what does the violent, racially charged disruption of an appearance by a university-sanctioned guest represent? 

What about the students whose right to hear the Minutemen was violated by a gaggle of left-wing louts? 

They don't count? 

Apparently not. University officials haven't denounced what happened, though they've launched an "investigation." (Of course they have.)







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