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Cutting Down People for a Tree
By James Ehlers
"Little indication of a social need." "No documented ecological need." "Existing opportunities meeting the demand." These are just some of the conclusions regarding additional wilderness from the Green Mountain National Forest Final Environmental Impact Statement and 2006 Forest Plan Documents compiled over a four-year period. -- James Ehlers is publisher emeritus for Elk Publishing.

The Behr Facts
By Pete Behr
….My hope is that the voting population will evaluate the candidates for national office as real-world people. There have been bigger-than-life Vermonters: Ethan Allen, Calvin Coolidge, George Aiken come to mind. The current crop doesn’t measure up: they are small people from a small state. Martha Rainville and Rich Tarrant will make an impact in Washington. Bernie and Peter Welch will disappear into the woodwork. Take your choice. – Pete Behr writes a regular column for the Woodstock Standard

The Problem with Socialism
By Don Griffes
…. History tells us that Communism murdered, imprisoned and enslaved hundreds of millions of its citizens in my life time. Nikita Khrushchev, a leader of the Communists after Stalin, vowed to bury America. But thanks to America’s vigilance in the Cold War and a no nonsense US President, by the name of Ronald Reagan (a Republican), the USSR fell apart….

No to Universal Preschool
By Kelly Bartlett
Universal Preschool would expand that service to kids who are not at risk, for example 3 and 4-year olds without learning disabilities who come from wealthy homes. In other words, Universal Preschool is geared specifically toward those children who don’t need it! – Kelly Bartlett lives in Jericho

Campaign ‘06

All aboard: selectboards support Revolt campaign
By Casey Story, Deerfield Valley News, October 20, 2006
The Revolt and Repeal campaign, spawned by five Republican legislators recently, has towns all over the state jumping on board with the campaign, and jumping ship on acts 60 and 68…. In the campaign Web site, the group encourages selectboard members to join in the repeal either as a team, or as individuals. In addition they are asking that all House candidates of every political party endorse their idea of repealing the statewide property tax and even have a section that illustrates how each candidate feels on the issue, though not all have filled in the blanks. For more information on the Revolt and Repeal campaign, log on to

Welch/Sanders supporter caught stealing campaign signs
Anson Tebbets, WCAX, October 20, 2006
Colchester Police are investigating whether someone stole nearly 50 campaign signs. The signs promote the candidacies of Rich Tarrant for Senate and Martha Rainville for Congress. Police were called by the Tarrant campaign when they spotted a vehicle parked near their campaign headquarters that had Welch and Sanders bumper stickers on it but inside were dozens of Tarrant and Rainville signs….

S, Royalton - VT Senate Debate Nearly Dominated by Fringes
By John P. Gregg, Valley News, 10/18/06
South Royalton -- Republican Rich Tarrant and U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., sparred last night over tax policy and also differed on how effective the other would be in the U.S. Senate…. Tarrant, the co-founder of a medical software firm that became one of Vermont's major private employers, said he, like Sanders, would roll back the Bush-era tax cut for the highest federal income bracket and for investment tax credits and oil drilling. But the Colchester Republican said other tax cuts over the past six years have helped spur the American economy, even as the wealthy shoulder a higher portion of the federal tax burden….

Cato Institute Gives Douglas a "D" for taxing & spending
The latest report card grades 46 governors on 23 objective measures, awarding the highest grades to those who have reined in spending and cut taxes…. Of the 26 governors running for reelection this year, 12 earn a grade of D or lower [including]… Jim Douglas of Vermont….

Related: Governor distances self from Washington Republicans
Associated Press, 10/21/06
Gov. Jim Douglas, who co-chaired President Bush's election campaigns in Vermont in 2000 and 2004, now says he is "appalled" at the behavior of Washington Republicans, and lays some of the blame at the White House.

Vermont Week in Review

Northfield to vote for fifth time on school budget
By Mel Huff, Times Argus, October 19, 2006
…. The rejection of the original March 7 budget was easy enough to explain. It included funding for a full-day kindergarten that the majority of the community didn't want, said Debra Wick, chairwoman of the school board. But ask people in town about the later rejections and you get different reasons: Some say too much money is going toward teachers' salaries, others that money is going to the wrong programs, or that they just can't afford a hike in taxes….

VT Education governance team selected
By Sarah Hinckley, Rutland Herald, October 20, 2006
Vermont Commissioner of Education Richard Cate has selected three people who represent three organizations to join him in the Education Governance Public Engagement Team. Marty Jacobs of Systems in Sync, Robin Scheu of Career Wise and George Appenzeller of System Wide Solutions Inc. will be joining the commissioner and members of his staff in public discussion meetings throughout the state focused on education governance….

Conservation Law Foundation Questions Newport Sewer Deal
BY ROBIN SMITH, Caledonian Record, October 18, 2006
The Conservation Law Foundation has raised questions with the state about whether extra Newport City sewer capacity should be used for development in the town of Derby. Now, officials with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will have to talk to the city and Derby about sewer usage, said acting ANR Deputy Secretary John Sayles.

Scrooge On The Playground
Caledonian Record Editorial, October 20, 2006
…. School officials there have banned all unsupervised chasing games for fear of risking injuries, but more especially, for fear of lawsuits…. So now the kids can't play touch football. They can't play fox and hounds. They can't play kick-the-can. They can't even play tag. And all so the school (and its timid officials) won't get sued by the big, bad defense lawyers.


Don't Repeat Mistake of 1974 [Editor’s Note: MUST READ!]
by John O'Neill, Human Events, Oct 20

….In early 1973, the Dow approached new highs in a booming economy. In the 1972 election, the new left was rejected in almost every state. The Paris Peace Treaty was concluded with North Vietnam memorializing its pledge not to interfere militarily in the affairs of South Vietnam. The nation was prosperous and at peace….Within a short time, the mainstream media were able to dismember and destroy the Nixon Administration, using as their sword the Watergate affair. In the congressional elections of 1974, Republican candidates were pounded, losing 48 House seats and five Senate seats.

Until the 1990s, the so-called "Watergate Babies" (i.e. left-wing Democrats) ruled Congress. As its first act after the 1974 election, the new Congress cut off all aid to South Vietnam. Within a short period of time, this led to Communist conquest of all of Indochina, the massacre of at least 4 million of our friends in the killing fields of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, and the displacement of millions of "boat people." In 1976, the left wing captured the White House with the worst President of modern times—Jimmy Carter. By 1979, the U.S. economy was in shambles with 12% inflation, 11% unemployment, and vast deficits. Our military was reduced to a shadow….

Can You Trust The National Media? (Part four in a series.)
Investor's Business Daily, 10/19/2006
…. In six national elections, reporters voted Democrat 86% of the time. They were far more liberal than the public. Just 4% to 7% acknowledged being registered Republicans. Need more proof?…. Consider this evidence of leading media figures' increasingly cozy ties to the left: MSNBC's Chris Matthews was a Jimmy Carter speechwriter and top aide to former House Speaker Tip O'Neill. NBC's Tim Russert was a political adviser to Democratic Sen. Patrick Moynihan and New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. ABC's Jeff Greenfield was a speechwriter for Sen. Robert Kennedy. PBS' Bill Moyers was Lyndon Johnson's press secretary. ABC's George Stephanopoulos was Clinton's strategist and communications director. There's more….

Liberals Gone Wild!
By Victor Davis Hanson, October 19, 2006
…. Consider some of the recent rabid outbursts by once sober, old-guard politicians. West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller insists that the world would be better off if Saddam were still running Iraq. Crotchety Congressman John Murtha, of Pennsylvania, rushed to announce that our Marines were guilty of killing Iraqis in "cold blood" before they were tried. Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin has compared our interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, while Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry said our soldiers have "terrorized" Iraqi women and children….

Special Feature

What's At Stake In The Midterm Election
Remarks by President George W. Bush, October, 2006
"Our record is clear, and so is the record of the Democrats in Washington, D.C. When we cut taxes for everybody who pays income taxes, the Democrats voted against it. When we reduced the marriage penalty, Democrats voted against it. When we cut taxes on small businesses, Democrats voted against it. When we lowered taxes for families with children, the Democrats voted against it. We put the death tax on the road to extinction; the Democrats voted against it time and time again. When the Democrats had a chance to deliver tax relief for the American people, they voted no. This is a party that is genetically hostile to tax relief."

Related: Longtime Democrat and "Scary Movie 4" producer David Zucker recently produced an ad that was unfortunately deemed "too hot" by strategists. But you can watch it now, courtesy of the Patriot Post (10/20/06) Watch the ad here.







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