A Captive Audience

by Robert Maynard There is no more of a captive audience for the purpose of promoting political propaganda than the public school system. Students who attend our public school system are mandated to do so at the taxpayer’s expense. With this in mind, it is of the utmost importance that our school system restrict itself…

The Legislature’s Budget: Who Will Pay?

by John McClaughry When the very liberal 2011 legislature assembled in January to hear the call to action from a new and very liberal Governor, most Vermonters had every right to expect the worst. Now, four months later, the legislature concluded a week ahead of schedule, without (so far) doing any lasting damage. In January…

A Cat May Look at a King

by Martin Harris In accordance with the provision in the Vermont Constitution designating non-attorney side judges to hear cases, advise, (and even -horrors– over-rule) real-attorney judges in some legal situations, your humble scribe proposes in these column-inches to dispute the recently-proffered legal opinion that the OMYA rail spur right-of-way question should be seen in the…

True North Reports’ TV debut

For those of you who missed our first appearance on Burlington CCTV’s Channel 17 Live @ 5:25, you can (soon) view it online HERE. Or, it will re-air on Channel 17 at the following times: Friday May 13, 7:00 PM Sunday May 15, 2:00 PM Friday May 20, 1:00 PM Friday May 27, 1:00 PM…

Sen. Bernie Sanders Proposes National Single Payer System (Part 1 of 3)

by Angela Chagnon Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a Single Payer bill to the Senate that is similar to Vermont’s recently devised system in H.202. The 188-page bill seeks to establish a “State-Based American Health Security Program” that will cover services furnished on or after January 1, 2013. Among the policies that would be implemented…

Republicans challenge Democrats’ “victory lap”

By Rob Roper Peter Shumlin, Speaker of the House Shap Smith, and Senate President John Campbell have been enjoying a victory lap around the state after the conclusion of the legislative session. Among the major accomplishments they are touting include a corrections bill, a budget that didn’t resort to “broad based taxes,” and, of course…

Some advice never grows old

My dad was recently going through some old papers and came across this letter that my great grandfather wrote in response to a friend who had to speak at the local high school graduation. As our own students are preparing for their graduations very soon, I thought it appropriate to share these words, as they…

Letters 5 – 13 – 2011

Healthcare plan will leave us with coverage… but no doctors   With super majorities in the legislature and the governorship, I understand Health Care Reform was a slam dunk. I did expect Republicans to bring out the fact that Mark Larsen and many on the committee are basically public sector hacks who never had to…

Following the Canadian “Model”?

With Speaker Shap Smith fantasizing about Vermont becoming the “Saskatchewan of the United States“, perhaps it is time to reflect on the irony of Vermont’s political leaders trying the follow the Canadian model at time when Canada is doing a political about face and following what was the American model.  As suggested in a National…