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to Michael J. Fox
By Mary Hahn Beerworth
…. Pro-embryonic stem cell
researchers ignore the dangers of destroying human life for research purposes.
To guard against abuses, the post-Nazi Nuremberg Code, The World Medical
Associations’ Helsinki Declaration and the United Nation’s Declaration
of Human Rights all declare: "Members of the human species who cannot give
informed consent for research should not be subjects of an experiment unless
they personally may benefit from it." Death for those who cannot give informed
consent is not a personal benefit…. –Mary Beerworth is Executive Director
for Vermont Right to Life.
Creative about Education Spending
By John McClaughry
Taxpayer anger about the
rising costs of public education - reflected in steadily rising education
property taxes - has become the central issue for the 2007 legislature….
Taxpayers have good reason to be angry about all this. And the newly elected
legislators and governor will certainly have to do something to respond
to their demands for relief. In recent months several schools of thought
have emerged…. -- John McClaughry is President of the Ethan Allen Institute
of a Reluctant Candidate
By Pete Behr
…. Despite the fact that
Democrat legislators had been instrumental in passing, or had supported
the continuation of Acts 60/68, they all recanted, saying that property
tax reform is needed. But then they advocated all kinds of new entitlements,
which are obviously going to cost a lot of money, the source of which was
never mentioned (no new taxes?).... – Pete Behr writes a regular column
for the Woodstock Standard.
Open Letter on Wilderness to Robert Paquin, aide to Senator Patrick Leahy
by James Ehlers
There is great concern among
many that the wilderness issue has not been dealt with fairly or impartially.
On this point, she is absolutely correct. Many believe that your
office attempted to circumvent the US Forest Service appeals process and
block the opportunity for Vermonters to offer congressional testimony opposing
the addition of more federal government restrictions on Vermont lands....
and Education Costs Key Issues With Candidates
By Jeanne Miles, Caledonian
Record, October 25
Spiraling property taxes
brought on by the high cost of education and the lack of career opportunities
for young people in the state are the key issues facing the Vermont Legislature
this session. These were the concerns expressed by candidates for the Caledonia
Senate District during a debate held at Lyndon State College Tuesday night….
Asked if they would be willing to repeal Act 68, the state's education
funding law, the candidates were divided. Coppenrath said he would. "I
think we can do better," he said. Reed said he preferred school vouchers.
The state would set a value on the vouchers and parents could send their
children to the school of their choice…. The Democrats were not ready to
commit to repealing the law….
Chamber of Commerce Voter Scorecard
Allen Institute/FreedomWorks Voters’ Report Card
Week in Review
joins Vt. tax revolt
By Stephen Seitz, Rutland
Herald, Oct. 26, 2006
… Ludlow joined the movement
to repeal the statewide property tax to fund education. Selectmen voted
unanimously to demand that the Legislature repeal the statewide property
tax and find some other way to fund education. Specifically, the Ludlow
resolution calls for "the General Assembly of Vermont to REPEAL the statewide
property tax, so that a more equitable and fair funding mechanism can be
developed, with greater local control and accountability, and a renewed
commitment to the quality of education our children receive."
Line Costing Vermont More Than $1M In Grants
By Taylor Reed, Caledonian
Record, October 27, 2006
The state of Vermont is
spending big money on the state-owned rail line between White River Junction
and Newport, and the company that runs it. Washington County Railroad has
been awarded more than $1 million in grants since 2003, including a recent
$150,000, said John Zicconi, spokesman for the Vermont Agency of Transportation….
The new money comes on the heels of $900,000 awarded over the last three
years to Washington County…. However, the rail line may need a lot more
money, according to the November 2005 Vermont Rail Council meeting minutes.
$2 Million Per Year Projected….
the Taxpayers, by Frank Mazur (TrueNorthRadio.Com Archive)
approves Intervale land sale
By John Briggs, Burlington
Free Press, October 24, 2006
…. The vote was 7-5. The
sale of the land for $200,000 seemed at times over the last two months
to be headed for delay if not defeat in the council, as some complained
that the price was too low and the sale unnecessary….
Still Want Tax Cuts
And some Democrats are smart
enough to deliver.
By Brendan Miniter, October
…. On taxes, Republicans
win when they are unequivocally on the side of paying less. And in the
states where GOP lawmakers have waffled or, worse, raised taxes, the party
tends to implode. In Tennessee, GOP Gov. Don Sundquist spent his last few
years in office trying to create a state income tax and voters rewarded
his party in 2002 by sending Democrat Phil Bredesen to the governor's mansion….
In Colorado, the Republican foundation has crumbled in the past few years.
It shouldn't be lost on anyone on the right that two years ago GOP Gov.
Bill Owens led the effort to suspend the state's Taxpayers' Bill of Rights
to allow for sharp increases in spending….
Qualified Teachers? Behind The Rhetoric
By David Kirkpatrick, Freedom
Foundation, Oct. 26, 2006
One requirement of the No
Child Left Behind Act is that all teachers be "highly qualified."
The law specifies that each teacher have a bachelor's degree, state certification
and a "demonstrated knowledge" in the core subject they teach. ....As
of June 30, 2006, beyond the four year deadline, not one state met that
Day: Control of Congress may be decided in the courts
By John Fund, October 23,
Everyone is speculating
about which party will control Congress after next month's voting. But
we may not know for a while. We could see either party pursue the kind
of lawsuits that Al Gore unleashed in Florida in 2000 and contest any number
of tight races that are within the "margin of litigation." Recounts and
even seating challenges in Congress could stretch on for weeks--another
endless election. "We're waiting for the day that pols can cut out the
middleman and settle all elections in court," jokes the political newsletter
We Went Wrong
By Dick Armey, Sunday, October
…. The answer is simple:
Republican lawmakers forgot the party's principles, became enamored with
power and position, and began putting politics over policy. Now, the Democrats
are reaping the rewards of our neglect -- and we have no one to blame but
ourselves…. The leadership must remember that the modern conservative movement
is a fusion of social and fiscal conservatives united in their belief in
limited government. The party must keep both in the fold. Republicans also
need to get back to being the party of big ideas….