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. True North Archives 09/12/06

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Promoting the American Dream
By Robert Maynard
"….The unstated assumption here is that in being successful – providing jobs to the community, providing services to the community, paying and generating taxes for the community, etc -- businessmen have somehow taken something away from the community! And, therefore, need to give it back…. On the other hand, those who have spent most of their careers in the government sector, living off the taxpayers, literally taking the community’s resources, are said to be 'public servants'. This is clearly an expression of a perverted attitude toward the relative worth of private sector endeavors vs. government directed action…." -- Robert Maynard

Vermont is Facing a Serious Budget Crisis
By Rep. Tom Koch
"….Some of the items not included in the calculations above are (1) an additional $9 million to meet an annual need of $14 million to fund State Teachers’ Retirement, (2) an additional $35.3 million to fund State Employees’ and Teachers’ Retirement Health Care programs, and (3) an additional $4.0 million in home heating assistance that Governor Douglas has already said he will ask for. All of this means that we should be anticipating a general fund deficit of about $90 million for 2008!!...." – Tom Koch is a State Representative from Barre Town

The New "Bad Guys"
By Dennis Carver
"…. the general public… are being hunted down aggressively by nearly every cop in the State. Why? To make the productive members of society pay additional, exorbitant taxes for violating ridiculously low speed limits, or any other minor motor vehicle regulations they can find. The whole thing is a scam created unconstitutionally by Bill Sorrell, purely as an additional income stream…." -- Dennis Carver is a candidate for Vermont Attorney General

Don’t Let Congress Seize Control of the Internet
By Rob Roper
"….[With] This kind of massive, counterproductive intrusion into private businesses….'Net Neutrality' mandates will certainly depress investment and innovation at the worst possible time for our economy." – Rob Roper is the State Director for FreedomWorks-Vermont. www.freedomworks.org/vermont/



Campaign ‘06

Shepard vs. Rainville debate on VPR 
(Download in MP3 format)
"Tues., Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.: GOP House debate. Republican voters will soon choose their candidate for the United States House of Representatives. Listen Tuesday evening as Bob Kinzel moderates a debate with candidates Martha Rainville and Mark Shepard."

Kerin, Carver vie for GOP AG primary
By Darren M. Allen, Vermont Press Bureau, September 9
"Karen Kerin, a 62-year-old self-employed engineer from South Royalton with a law degree and an expertise in international law, will face Dennis Carver, a 59-year-old East Montpelier businessman whose first run for the state's highest legal office was prompted by a 2000 arrest after a slow-speed chase. While both candidates declined to directly attack the other in separate interviews, neither held back their distaste of Sorrell, who they say has been in office too long and who, they say, has lost sight of the Constitution and the proper role of the attorney general…."

Parke challenges Sanders' record on veterans
By Nancy Remsen, Burlington Free Press, September 9
"....'"I'm very concerned about veterans that are being sucked in by the siren song of promises by a person who philosophically represents everything we join the military to protect America against -- socialism,' said Parke, who is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot. He charged that Sanders uses veterans for political gain."

National GOP spends $60,000 on Rainville ads
By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press, September 10
"The National Republican Congressional Committee spent $60,483.20 Friday to buy issue ads supporting the candidacy of U.S. House candidate Martha Rainville…. Vermont Republicans are quick to point out that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $480,000 in television ad time…."

Barbara Bush stumps for Rainville
By Terri Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press, September 7, 2006
"Barbara Bush was funny, witty and forthright as she spoke Wednesday afternoon at a fund-raising reception for Republican U.S. House candidate Martha Rainville."

111 candidates sign VPIRG power plan
Associated Press, September 9
"More than 100 candidates for federal, state and local offices in Vermont have signed onto a plan by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group to reduce dependence on foreign oil and emphasize renewable sources of electricity….VPIRG's proposal calls on state candidates to push for the phasing out Vermont's reliance on coal, oil and nuclear power, generating a third of the state's electricity using renewable sources such as wind, biomass, solar and hydro by 2016…. The pledge also calls on meeting 25 percent of the state's energy needs by increased investment in conservation and efficiency by 2016."

Vermont Weekly News Round Up

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF SOUTH BURLINGTON CITIZEN’S SUIT AGAINST SCHOOL BOARD

(September 6, 2006) A state superior court judge has ruled that a lawsuit by a South Burlington citizen challenging the South Burlington school board’s handling of a deal with a former school district superintendent may go forward.  The suit arises from a secret deal between the board and Gail Durckel, the former superintendent who left her job abruptly and was paid $104,000 in the deal.

South Burlington citizen Sheldon Katz sued the board and Durckel claiming that the board violated the state’s open meeting law and that the deal itself was illegal.

In his ruling, Judge Ben Joseph rejected the defendants’ arguments that Katz’s suit was too late and that ordinary citizens and taxpayers like Katz have no enforceable rights under the open meeting law.

Katz was pleased with the ruling.  "Durckel and the board did not want the case to get this far.  What this ruling means is that they will now have justify the legality of the deal and explain how their actions complied with the open meeting law.  If they cannot, the court can void the deal."

The board struck the deal with Durckel on Sunday, February 5, 2006 at a hastily called "emergency" meeting.  The board gave no public notice of the meeting.  Durckel's sudden departure came as a surprise to South Burlington residents.  Residents wondered  why the board needed to pay off Durckel, who wanted to leave anyway, especially when they are facing painful property tax increases.  When the board closed ranks and refused to answer questions, residents dubbed the affair "Durckel-gate."

Katz's lawsuit asserts that the meeting was illegal because the deal was not an emergency under the state's open meeting law.  "The board clearly wanted to do this deal without public scrutiny for reasons that residents can only speculate about," Katz said.

Judge Joseph also decided other important issues in the case, holding that Katz would not have to undergo questioning by defense lawyers, as the board had requested, and that the defendants could not charge their attorney fees to Katz.

"The defendants raised these issues to intimidate me and deter other citizens from efforts to make the board accountable," Katz said.  "A citizen who has to pay the board’s lawyers or who has to submit to interrogation by them is less likely to sue.  Fortunately, Judge Joseph saw that there was no legal basis for the defendants’ requests."

Sutton Runs Out Of Money For Legal Fees In Wind Fight
By Jeanne Miles, Caledonian Record
"….The town has no money left to pay a lawyer for representation in a battle against a proposed wind farm…."

School board head resigns
By Howard Weiss-Tisman, Brattleboro Reformer, September 9
"The chairwoman of the school board resigned Thursday, citing a small number of community members who have been showing up at meetings, making it impossible for her to effectively attend to district matters…."

A Lesson From New Hampshire
Caledonian Record, Editorial
"This week's news included an announcement that a planned Wal-Mart Supercenter in Woodsville is making solid progress in the New Hampshire permit process…. Wal-Mart announced its intentions little more than a year ago, yet they will be building within a few weeks. In Vermont, such a list of permits and approvals would take years, not months, and there would be no assurances from anybody that the permit applications would all be successful…."

Elsewhere

Blacklisting ABC: A 9/11 miniseries that Clinton and the Left hate
By John J. Miller, National Review
"The liberal blacklisting of an ABC miniseries on 9/11 has begun in earnest. On Thursday, theNew York Post reported that former President Clinton has written to ABC’s brass…. If nothing else, The Path to 9/11 makes one thing abundantly clear: Hard-working law-enforcement officials had multiple opportunities to stop the terrorists before they wreaked their havoc, but inept leadership, mainly by political appointees of the Clinton administration, got in the way. Secretary of state Madeleine Albright comes off as a shrill obstructionist, CIA director George Tenet appears wimpy, and ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine (played by Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond) is a word that rhymes with witch. Worst of all is former national-security adviser Sandy Berger. He is the closest thing in the film to a villain who isn’t an actual terrorist…."

Taxes and spending: We need another Boston Tea Party
By Rep. Timothy J. Penny, Washington Times, September 4, 2006
"…. I have come to believe that we need a modern day equivalent of the Boston Tea Party. Here is why I have arrived at this conclusion: Our nation's current fiscal policies are creating a mountain of debt that our grandchildren will be forced to repay through higher taxes. The unfunded promises we have made to recipients of Social Security and Medicare and other entitlement programs will almost certainly lead to higher taxes on today's children and those yet to be born. In my view, that amounts to 'taxation without representation….'"

Democrats' Dilemma: Casey Strikes Out
By Robert Novak
"WASHINGTON -- Democratic candidate Bobby Casey was doing well debating Republican Sen. Rick Santorum on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday when moderator Tim Russert pressed him to tell how he would fulfill his pledge to balance the federal budget. "Which programs would you cut?" Russert asked. Casey did not name one program…. He quickly added 'the first thing you have to do' is raise taxes on the top 1 percent of income by rolling back Bush tax reductions…. The problem facing Democrats is the dilemma if they gain control of the government in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Casey, a moderate liberal, is typical of Democrats unwilling to downsize social welfare programs. After pummeling Republicans about budget deficits, their only recourse is higher taxes -- a course fraught with political and economic perils…."

The Dems Never Learn
By Lawrence Kudlow, September 04, 2006
"The August jobs report should put to rest any fears that the economy is burning out. Following upwardly revised increases for June (134,000) and July (121,000), companies added 128,000 nonfarm payrolls last month. Meanwhile, the all-important but rarely mentioned household survey of people working gained by 250,000, sending the unemployment rate back to 4.7 percent from the July reading of 4.8 percent…. Long-term jobs growth has moved to an all-time high of 145 million in the household survey and 136 million in nonfarm payrolls. Both measures are rising at about 1.5 percent, the average for jobs growth dating back to 1995. As for unemployment, at 4.7 percent it is well below the 5.1 percent long-run rate. This suggests we are near full employment and that the economy is operating close to its full potential to grow. It's still the greatest story never told…. Tax cuts are a winner. They throw off benefits across the board: capital formation, profitable business, job gains, wage increases, and consumer spending power. You'd think the Dems would learn. But they never do."

Can This Party Be Saved?
By John Tierney, New York Times, Sept. 2
"Republicans in Washington did not abandon their principles lightly…. When they started spending like Democrats, most of them didn't claim to suddenly love big government. No, they were just being practical. The party's strategists explained that the small-government mantra didn't cut it with voters anymore. Forget eliminating the Department of Education -- double its budget and expand its power. Stop complaining about middle-class entitlements -- create a new one for prescription drugs. Instead of obsessing about government waste, bring home the bacon. But as long as we're being practical, what do Republicans have to show for their largess? Passing the drug benefit and the No Child Left Behind Act gave them a slight boost in the polls on those issues, but not for long. When voters this year were asked in a New York Times/CBS News Poll which party they trusted to handle education and prescription drugs, the Republicans scored even worse than they did before those bills had been passed...."
 


 
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