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…

Vermont to Become a “Laboratory” to Test Smart Grid System

by Angela Chagnon The state of Vermont is partnering with Sandia National Laboratories to implement a statewide Smart Grid system. The new system will replace the state’s electric grid, and electric meters now on homes and businesses will be replaced with Smart Meters (see previous True North article on Smart Meters here). Sandia National Laboratories…

Financial aspects of the Sanders health care bill

(Part 3 of 3) by Angela Chagnon How does one pay for the implementation of a massive government program during a time when money is scarce? The Federal deficit is $14 trillion and most states are having a difficult time finding revenue sources to close the sometimes enormous deficits in their budgets. And did I…

Randy Brock on 2011… and 2012

by Rob Roper Randy Brock is currently serving his second term in the Vermont Senate, representing Franklin County. He also served a term as Auditor, and, as a Republican who has won statewide office, is mentioned in every conversation that comes up about who is going to run in 2012. Brock reflected upon this past session,…