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should support Vermonters wanting to testify in DC on "Wilderness" designation
By Senator Mark Shepard, R-Bennington
"….Just as he has been doing throughout
this process, Governor Douglas is working to ensure the voices of the Vermonters
who will be most negatively affected by this legislation will have an opportunity
to be heard in Washington. The governor is doing his job. In fact, it is
Leahy, Jeffords and Sanders whom we should chastise. It was their
job to make sure these Vermonters had an opportunity to testify in Washington.
In this, they failed…." -- Mark Shepard is a Vermont State Senator from
Related: Contact info for the Governor:
800-649-6825 or 828-3333.
Underhanded Wilderness Grab of 2006
By John McClaughry
"Ever since 1975, the advocates of
turning Vermont’s 400,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest into a wall
to wall wilderness, entered only by the occasional foot traveler, have
pressed their cause with relentless determination. Now, with the help of
the state’s two Senators, the Vermont Wilderness Association and its allies
are on the verge of their greatest victory...." --John McClaughry is
President of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org)
by the Democrats, of the Democrats and for the Democrats
By Kevin Ryan
"…Burlington Electric Department General
Manager Barbara Grimes and Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss are endorsing a plan
to sell the 199 acres of undeveloped land to the Intervale Center, a private
agriculture company who farms there, for a the bargain price of only $200,000.
No, that isn’t a misprint. 199 acres of prime undeveloped land for $200,000,
less than the price of the average single family home in Burlington. Sort
of makes you want to make a counter-offer, doesn’t it?...." – Kevin
Ryan lives in Burlington. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Cassandra, Part II
By Martin Harris
"….Technically, Vermont schools did
earn a passing grade by federal standards: C+. They earned that C+
by substituting their own preferred test, the New England Common assessment
program, or NECAP, for the federal National Assessment of Educational progress,
or NAEP test. Vermont students also take the federal tests, but don’t have
to publicize the results or be graded on them, which is just as well, because
Vermont students (like those in other states) can manage to achieve only
in the low 200’s out of 500 on such federal exams as math and reading.
That’s probably an F…." – Martin Harris is the former President of Citizens
for Property Rights. He writes a regular column for the Addison Eagle and
on right track with Wilderness
Congratulations to Gov. Douglas for
standing up for the majority of Vermonters and opposing further "Wilderness"
designation in the Green Mountain National Forest. The overwhelming
majority of Vermonters have expressed opposition to expansion of acreage
under this non-management scheme despite the claims of radical preservationist
The Forest Service’s own report admits
there is no social, economic or scientific reason to expand wilderness
in the GMNF but, succumbing to political pressure, they still opposed the
majority of public opinion and proposed an additional 17,000 acres be added.
The Vermont Congressional Delegation further insulted the majority by proposing
a further increase to 48,000 acres.
The Wilderness Designation will degrade
wildlife habitat and reduce the animal carrying capacity of the forest.
It will make it difficult, if not impossible for people with disabilities
to access the forest. It will cause economic harm to the towns that
are nearby. It will not even allow rescue helicopters or machinery
of any kind to evacuate someone injured or ill inside the "Wilderness"
area – that is how ridiculous this is.
The Vermont House of Representatives
saw this issue as so important; it elected to pass a resolution against
any further expansion of "Wilderness" designated acreage in GMNF.
Many of the towns surrounding the forest as well as individual citizens
also provided letters against expansion of "Wilderness".
Governor Douglas is absolutely correct
in this matter and deserves tremendous support for his actions. The
Vermont Congressional Delegation deserves disdain.
--Ed Gallo, Richmond, Hunters Anglers
Trappers Association of Vermont
pot bust becomes issue in Vermont race for U.S. Senate
By John Curran, Associated Press,
"MONTPELIER, Vt. --It didn't take
long Monday for word of Willie Nelson's pot bust to make its way to the
campaign trail.The country singer, who appears in television commercials
on behalf of U.S. Rep. Bernard Sanders' campaign for the U.S. Senate, was
arrested along with four other people in Lafayette, La…."
losers file actions over Sanders' endorsement, withdrawal
By John Curran, Associated Press,
"…. Drown, 62, said he filed a petition
Tuesday in Superior Court for Washington County alleging that Sanders and
Carleton conspired to violate election laws by running Sanders when they
knew he wouldn't run as a Democrat in the Nov. 7 election…. Drown asked
the court to order the party to put a Democrat on the ballot…."
Politics of Cynicism
Caledonian Record Editorial, Sept.
"Now that the dust has settled from
Primary day, perhaps we can stop holding our nose. The rank smell of political
cynicism that disgusts so many and causes them to sit elections out ought
to fade, but not disappear completely…."
Weekly News Round Up
have voice in video game bill
educator’s research focuses on related violence
By Rick Burnham – St. Albans Messenger,
"…. Julie Benay is taking aim at violent
video games and what she believes is the havoc they wreak on the minds
of young people, and she is enlisting the help of a Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax
organization to help her do it…."
Change Is In Wind For UPC
BY Jeanne Miles, Caledonian Record,
"UPS Vermont Wind will be filing revised
testimony concerning a proposed project in Sheffield and Sutton with the
Public Service Board today. Matt Kearns, project manager for UPC, would
not be specific, but said it does have to do with the company's plans to
build a commercial wind farm in Sheffield and Sutton…. UPC plans to erect
20 398-foot wind turbines between Hardscrabble Mountain and Libby Hill
in Sheffield and another six in neighboring Sutton…. Sheffield and UPC
have worked out an agreement whereby the town will receive payments of
between $400,000 and $550,000 a year if the project is completed. In exchange,
Sheffield has agreed to support UPC's efforts to gain a certificate of
public good from the PSB."
Feds appeal Circ Highway ruling
By Greg Elias, Williston Observer,
"State and federal officials plan
to appeal a court ruling that required a costly environmental study and
halted construction of the Circumferential Highway in Williston…. That
environmental study now underway, however, has cleared the way for alternatives
in Williston. The dozens of options considered at the study’s outset have
been narrowed to eight alternatives that fall into four broad categories:
build the Circ Highway as originally designed; construct a boulevard-style
road along the Circ route; widen Vermont 2A and/or replace traffic lights
with roundabouts; or combine elements of both plans. A no-build option
also remains a possibility…."
Tax States Economically Outperform High Tax States
By MHPC, September 19
".... States with low taxes have greater
job creation and wage growth than states, like Maine, with high taxes,"
said Scott Moody. "If Maine policymakers are serious about increasing economic
activity and providing Mainers with the same economic opportunities that
residents of low tax states experience, they need to lower the tax burden
on Mainers…." The analysis found that the ten lowest tax states… had population
growth that was 172.1 percent higher, personal income growth that was 31.9
percent higher, and employment growth that was 78.6 percent higher..."
are new foes of some of the world's poorest
By Phelim Mcaleer, Rocky Mountain
News, September 23
"....It was surprising that environmentalists
would lie, but the most shocking part was yet to come. As I spoke to the
Western environmentalists it quickly emerged that they wanted to stop the
mine because they felt that development and prosperity will ruin the rural
"idyllic" lifestyle of these happy peasants..."
Gets Halfway Radical
By Heather MacDonald, New York Post
"Mayor Bloomberg has broken the most
fiercely guarded taboo in the poverty industry…. Anyone who dared to point
out that such self-destructive decisions as having a baby out of wedlock
or dropping out of school were the proximate causes of poverty was lambasted
for "blaming the victim…." There is a far more effective action the mayor
could take to reduce poverty in New York, one that would require violating
the second-most dangerous poverty-industry taboo: promoting marriage….
Bloomberg should put as much energy into stamping out illegitimacy as he
has into stamping out smoking...."
Wall Street Journal, September 19
"....This month marks the deadline
for the last of the nation's unions to file newly expanded disclosure reports,
known as LM-2 forms…. Hard-working union members deserve to know, for example,
that of the AFL-CIO's $82 million in discretionary disbursements from July
2004 to June 2005, only 36% went to representing members in labor negotiations
-- which is what unions were created to do. A whopping $49 million, or
60% of its budget, instead went to political activities and lobbying, while
another $2.4 million went to contributions, gifts and grants. The National
Education Association was even more skewed toward politics, spending only
33% of its $143 million discretionary budget on improving its members'
(Non-WSJ subscribers may be able to
read this article here:
Will Make History'
By Ken Mehlman, Wall Street Journal,
"...Last month's narrowly averted
plot to blow up airliners bound for the U.S. from Great Britain is a stark
reminder that we are engaged in an extraordinary and dangerous global war.
In 46 days, the American people will make an important decision about how
we prosecute that war: Do we stay on the offense and use every tool available
to defeat the enemy, or do we elect leaders who would weaken America and
surrender key tools we need to defeat the global jihad? ...."