Governor Shumlin Signs H.202 Into Law

by Angela Chagnon “We gather here today to launch the first single-payer healthcare system in America,” Governor Shumlin announced to a small crowd of supporters before signing H.202 into law on Thursday. Flanked by single payer advocates Deb Richter, Cassandra Gekas from VPIRG, Julie Lineberger (Board Chair of Vermont Business for Social Responsibility), and members…

Letters 5 – 27 – 2011

Why don’t our legislators listen?   When are we going to stand up against these legislators and tell them enough is enough? When are they going to start listening to the people instead of using their own “brilliant” minds? I am referring to these new bills that are being “pushed” and I say pushed upon…

A look at government run healthcare Part 2: TennCare

by Rob Roper Governor Peter Shumlin has repeatedly noted that when it comes to health care reform, government has “gotten it wrong every single time.” One reason, he has said for this is that other plans, including our own Catamount failure, did not place a focus on cost control. And, this time, we’re going to…

Legislators hold public forum on healthcare

by Angela Chagnon Rutland – Vermonters are hungry for information about the new health care bill, H.202, which Governor Shumlin is about to sign into law. While answers are hard to come by in Montpelier, a group of legislators from the Rutland area put on a forum to offer explanations and issue warnings about what…

Letters 5 – 25 – 2011

We need to know our own history  I thought your readers might be interested in the results of this quiz done by Newsweek… Americans get an’F’ in Citizenship. How will you do? One thousand Americans recently took the U.S. citizenship test as a part of an experiment for Newsweek and The daily Beast. According to…

WIND POWER AND CO2 EMISSIONS

by Willem Post INTRODUCTION The New England Electric Grid, NEEG, managed by ISO New England, ISO-NE, has a generating capacity of about 34,020 MW, power supplied is about 130,000 GWh/yr. It includes over 350 central power plants and 8,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines to provide power to about 6.5 million customers. The NEEG power…

The Rockefeller Center Lesson for Government Planners

  By Martin Harris As surely as folks in government will use phrases like “…at the end of the day…” and “…we need a conversation on [whatever they’ve already decided]…” they will use their Eminent Domain doctrine -we, the highly intelligent in government, can manage land-use decisions better than you, the less intelligent not in…

An Obsession With Behavior Control?

The recent True North Reports article on Vermont becoming a petri dish for the creation of a “smart grid” revealed an interesting mindset among our would be social engineers.  Rick Stulen, Vice President of Sandia National Laboratories, explained the goal of the Smart Grid system: “Part of what we’re about here in the next two…