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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.
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
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….
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
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 www.revoltandrepeal.com....
supporter caught stealing campaign signs
Anson Tebbets, WCAX, October
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….
Royalton - VT Senate Debate Nearly Dominated by Fringes
By John P. Gregg, Valley
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
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….
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.
Week in Review
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….
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….
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.
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.
Repeat Mistake of 1974 [Editor’s Note: MUST READ!]
by John O'Neill, Human Events,
….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….
You Trust The National Media? (Part four in a series.)
Investor's Business Daily,
…. 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….
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….
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."
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.